World Championship Blacksmiths

Watch the competition heat up at the Fair!

World Championship Blacksmiths
To inspire excellence through education within the farrier industry.

Blacksmithing is an ancient art, dating back thousands of years to when man began riding horses and working with steel. Several types and applications of blacksmithing exist, including ornamental work, farm implement manufacture and repair, and horseshoe forging. All of the competitors have a history of horseshoeing, whether as a business owner, as an employee of the trade, or having attended a horseshoeing school.

Each of the classes are scored and points are awarded to the winners as they work to earn a spot in the National Championship. Competitors will make horseshoes from a stock piece of steel to the judge’s specification during timed events. The competition will conclude with a live shoeing class.

Get ready for the World Championship Blacksmiths & brush up on your blacksmithing terms!

Anvil/Stand- Both the anvil and the stand it sits on weigh 200 pounds a piece making a solid 400 pound unit to beat steel on.
Forge- Each forge is fueled by coke. They have a blower motor attached to keep the coke lit and and an air gate to control the size of the fire.
Coke- Bi-product of coal, used as fuel in the fire. Needs large amount of air to burn. 
Barstock– A length of steel from which blacksmiths forge horseshoes.
Striker– The blacksmith's assistant, traditionally an apprentice, whose job is to use brute force to help his partner. The striker works the fire for the competitor, swings the sledge hammer, and assists with a brush and file.
Forshners- The black compound that you'll see the competitors dipping their tools in throughout the competition. Prevents their tools from sticking to the project.
Clip– A tab drawn with a hammer from metal at either the toe or the side of a horseshoe, used to keep the shoe from sliding on the hoof.
Rasp– Large, coarse file used for smoothing a horse’s hooves and filing steel.
Hot Rasping– Using a rasp to finish and shape the edges while the steel is hot.
Hammer Finish– The only allowable method for finishing edges. Files and rasps are not allowed in competition.

For the latest schedule and information visit the World Championship Blacksmith website,

Who's Coming?

John AdametzA to Z Percherons & Official Farrier of the 2015 Midwest Horse Fair

Ray AinsworthEquine Teacher

Steven Allday, DVMFounder of Halstrum, LLC, makers of LubriSyn

Jim AndersonExtreme Cowboy Competitor & Clinician

Jessica BlairTrick Riding

Mickie BowenDriving Instructor & Clinician

Hoyt Cheramie, DVM, MSLarge Animal Veterinary Professional Services Manager

Julie CyraSaddle Fitter

David DellinWestern Pleasure Clinician & Judge

Jerry DiazSuperior Horseman and Roper

Al DunningHorsemanship Expert

Jerry EricksonHunter Over Fences & Under Saddle Trainer

Jonathan FieldNatural Horsemanship

Larry GarnerSpalding Fly Predators

Julie GoodnightHorse Master

John HarrisonPRCA Barrelman

Irongate Equine ClinicEquine Veterinary Specialists

Dan JamesDouble Dan Horsemanship

Ginger KathrensEmmy Award Winning Filmmaker

Keith KesickMartial Arts Instructor

Jennifer KotyloCertified Equilates Instructor

Gayle LampeSaddleseat Equitation Clinician

Twain LockhartNutrena Poultry Specialist

Lodi Veterinary CareOfficial Veterinarian of the 2015 Midwest Horse Fair

Madison MacDonaldTrick Riding

Krishona Martinson, MS, PhDEquine Extension Specialist

Jim MastersonMasterson Method Creator

Matt McLaughlinDressage Expert & Professional Trainer

Mill Creek Hunt ClubFoxhunting Tradition Lives On

Joe MonroeEquine Nutrition Consultant

Bryan NeubertCowboss & Experienced Horseman

Pat ParelliParelli Natural Horsemanship

John PayneOne Arm Bandit

Kelly PayneProfessional Animal Scientist

Molly PowellMillion Dollar Cowgirl

Aaron RalstonReining Expert & Professional Trainer

Ryan RoseParelli Professional

Brooke SheridanThe Clipper Girl

Dan SteersDouble Dan Horsemanship

Bernie TraurigHunter/Jumper Equestrian Coach

Lance TreptowAQHA Champion & Showmanship Clinician

Larry WhitesellGaited Clinician

Wisconsin Equine ClinicEquine Health & Wellness