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?

Janesville Equine Hospital & ClinicOfficial Vets of the 2016 Midwest Horse Fair

Ray Ainsworth"The Man Horses Talk To"

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

Jec BallouBest-Selling Author and Equine Fitness Expert

Pam BoundBarrel Racing Champion and Clinician

Dana Boyd-MillerProfessional Horsewoman & Equine Grooming Expert

David DellinWestern Pleasure Clinician & Judge

Jim DudleyEquine Communication Specialist

Ty EvansMulemanship Trainer & Clinician

Robert Eversole"The TrailMeister"

Larry GarnerSpalding Fly Predators

Irongate Equine ClinicEquine Veterinary Specialists

Pegg JohnsonShow Clothing Designer & Sewing Instructor

Keith KesickMartial Arts Instructor

Patrick KingThe "Classical Cowboy"

Gayle LampeSaddleseat Equitation Clinician

Stephanie LynnAQHA Professional Horseman, Consultant, Coach & Author

John & Josh Lyons"America's Most Trusted Horseman"

Guy McLeanWorld Renowned Trainer and Performer

Geno MiddletonGaited Clinician

Dean MoshierOfficial Farrier of the 2016 Midwest Horse Fair

Jennifer MoshierHorsemanship Clinician & Trainer

Dale MylerBit Designer

Darrell NephewSaddle Fitting Professional & Designer

Dr. Richard PattonEquine Nutritionist

John PayneOne Arm Bandit

Cathy PenrodEquiCoach

Steffen PetersDressage Olympian

Aaron RalstonReining Expert & Professional Trainer

Mike RosserHunter & Jumper Trainer and Coach

Tyler SchiferlLeather & Rawhide Demonstrator

Stacy WestfallChampionship Reining Clinician

Lisa WysockyGround Driving Instructor