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Kerckhaert Kings Plates - National Hunt winner

We are delighted to confirm that the winner of the 2018/2019 National Hunt Kerckhaert Kings Plate competition is Tom Bougourd (image right with Topofthegame). Tom is farrier to trainer Paul Nicholls and will receive a £500 Virgin Experience day voucher from Stromsholm!

It was a great season for Paul Nicholls and Tom with several big highlights;

1.            Regaining the trainer’s championship and winning the title for the 11th time.

2.            Paul training his 3000th winner.

3.            Winning the King George Chase at Kempton for the tenth time with Clan Des Obeaux.

4.            Two Grade 1 winners at Cheltenham Festival with Frodon (Ryanair Chase) & Topofthegame (RSA Chase).

5.            Six Grade 1 winners for the season.

Tom also had great success with Caid Du Berlais who won the Punchestown Champion Hunter Chase for the second year in a row for trainer Rose Loxton in Kings Super Sound plates.

Congratulations Tom!


The Championships, so far…

The turf flat season is now well underway and we look forward to welcoming our winners in to the enclosure!

Currently the leaders are as follows –

  1. John Gosden – O’Shaughnessy Farriery
  2. David O’Meara – Richard Elkins
  3. Michael Appleby – Ed Dodd
  4. Charlie Appleby – Derek Poupard & Phil Brook
  5. Tom Dascombe – Performance Farriery and Consultancy Ltd

A new season has not long begun for the National Hunt trainers but early leaders include –

  1. Dan Skelton - Spud Allison, Pip Smith & David Webley.
  2. Nicky Henderson - Chapel Forge Farriers.
  3. Neil Mullholland - Ed Wilkinson.
  4. David Pipe - Kevin Hollis.
  5. Paul Nicholls - Tom Bougourd

The Stromsholm Kings Plate Competition follows both National Hunt and Flat racing horses and coincides with the Trainers Championships, with the winning farriers using Kings Plates in the yards accruing the most the prize money.


Kerckhaert in the winners enclosure

  • Blue Point, trained by Charlie Appleby, winner of the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan. Blue Point is shod by Derek Poupard with Kerckhaert Kings Extra Sound Race Plates and Liberty Carrera.
  • Old Persian, trained by Charlie Appleby, winner of Dubai Sheema Classic. Old Persian who is shod by farrier Derek Poupard with Kerckhaert Kings Extra Sound Race Plates and Liberty Carrera.
  • UALLRIGHTHARRY, shod by Ben Stern, winner of the Fontwell attheraces.com Handicap Chase for trainer Linda Jewell wearing Kerckhaert Super Spound with Liberty Cu nails.
  • Pentland Hills, shod by Chapel Forge Farriers, won the Anniversary 4-Y-0 Juvenile Hurdle wearing Kerckhaert Kings Extra Sound Race Plates and Liberty Nails
  • Champ, shod by Chapel Forge Farriers, won the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle wearing Kerckhaert Kings Extra Sound & Super Sound Race Plates and Liberty Nails
  • Northern Beau, trained by Michael Scudamore, claimed victory in the ‘Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse. Northern Beau was shod by Wesley Powell Farrier with Kerckhaert Kings Extra Sound Race Plates and the NEW secure nails.  
  • Marmelo winner of the Dubai Duty-Free Finest Stakes shod by Andrew Charles with Kerckhaert Kings Extra Sound Race Plates.
  • Talkischeap won the bet365 Gold Cup wearing Kerckhaert Kings Extra Sound & Super Sound Race Plates with Liberty Carrera Secure nails. Talkischeap is shod by Darren Oldman for trainer Alan King.


Not just for racing!

We were delighted to see Oliver Townend secure a superb win at the Landrover Kentucky Three Day Event which was then followed with an excruciatingly close second at the Mitsubushi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Oliver’s horses are cared for by Jim Blurton AWCF and the Forden Farriers Team and wear Kerckhaert shoes with Liberty Hybrid nails.

Congratulations also to Phoebe Locke (image right) and Union Fortunus on winning a European silver and bronze medal, at the Bicton International Horse Trials. Paul Horner (BSc Hons) AWCF shod Union Fortunus with Kerckhaert Classic Sports Shoes and Liberty Hybrid nails.


Worshipful Company of Farriers Best Shod Horse Award

Special congratulations go to Andrew Bowyer, winner of the Worshipful Company of Farrier Best Shod Horse award at Aintree in the Randox Health Grand National. The prize was awarded to Andrew for his work on Tea for Two, owned by Mrs Jane Williams and Mr Len Jakeman, and trained by Jane Williams (image bottom right).


Celebrate your Kerckhaert Winners

If you have shod a national or international winner, from any discipline, we want to hear about it!

Take a picture of you with the winning horse – or even shoeing it – and get in touch. Call the office on 01908 233909 and speak to Dan Collins.