World Championship Blacksmiths

The World Championship Blacksmiths will be returning to the Midwest Horse Fair in 2014! This age-old art gathers blacksmiths from across the country to compete out of a newly constructed, state-of-the-art horseshoeing competition trailer!

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.

"We are very happy to have been asked back to be a part of the Midwest Horse Fair," stated Christine Trnka, organizer of the event, "so we would really appreciate it if we can all start doing the happy dance for good weather now.  If we all start now and do it once a week until April maybe, just maybe, we will be able to convince Mother Nature that a little sunshine in April in Madison, WI wouldn't be a totally bad thing!" 

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 2014 Midwest Horse Fair

Ray AinsworthEquine Teacher

Fabien BedouchaBit Designer

Eitan Beth-HalachmyCreator of Cowboy Dressage

Jessica BlairTrick Riding

David BodinThe Horse Trailer Guru

Dana Boyd-MillerMaster Body Clipper

Sharon CamarilloBarrel Racing Champion

Hoyt Cheramie, DVM, MSLarge Animal Veterinary Professional Services Manager

Chris CoxHorsemanship Expert

Dairyland Driving ClubDriving Clinicians

David DellinWestern Pleasure Clinician & Judge

Jerry DiazSuperior Horseman and Roper

Nicolas DiazEquine Safety & Horsemanship

Dan JamesLiberty Specialist

Robert Eversole"The TrailMeister"

Danyelle GabbertEquine Consultant for Nutrena

Larry GarnerSpalding Fly Predators

Glitter to GoreEquine Artists

Dan GrunewaldVersatile Training

John HarrisonPRCA Barrelman

Anita HoweGaited Clinician

Irongate Equine ClinicOfficial Veterinarian of the 2014 Midwest Horse Fair

Nick KarazissisHunter/Jumper Clinician

Tim LepardTeam Ghost Riders

Twain LockhartNutrena Poultry Specialist

Lodi Veterinary CareEquine Care & Wellness

Crystal LyonsCowboy Church Presenter

Madison MacDonaldTrick Riding

Madison RisingPatriotic American Entertainment

Heidi McLaughlin"Fearless Rider"

Michael McMeelInner City Slickers

Ken McNabbHorsemanship Clinician

Amy MillerIntuitive Animal Communicator

Steffen PetersDressage Master

Tyler SchiferlLeather & Rawhide Demonstrator

Todd ShockeyShockey Overland Express

Daniel StewartEquine Sports Psychology Trainer

Dr. Dan UndersanderForage Research & Extension Agronomist

Steve WallHunter/Jumper Trainer & Judge

Wisconsin Equine ClinicEquine Health & Wellness