Mark your calendars for the World Championship Blacksmiths (WCB) Contest on December 13 -15 in Fort Worth. The annual horseshoeing competition will be held in conjunction with the National Cutting Horse Association’s annual World Championship Futurity at the Will Rogers Complex for the first time in 2012. The World Championship Blacksmiths is a New Mexico-based membership organization which originated in 2006 with the mission of focusing on education through competition for professional farriers.
“We have around 300 members. The memberships are $200.00 a year and that includes discounts on tools, wearables, and access to all functions held that year,” says World Championship Blacksmiths CEO Craig Trnka.
WCB members have traveled around the nation competing at various venues throughout 2012, making the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth the final stop of the competition year. The 3-day event will be comprised of four rounds including a Two Man, Single Man, Live Horseshoeing and Match Play competition as well as an Individual Forging class where the competitors forge two shoes made from straight bar stock. During the entire competition there will be a tournament style head to head competition that is a double elimination. At the end of each round all of the shoes are placed on a table and scored by the judge Austin Edens. The Two Man class consists of two people forging larger bar stock in unison with sledge hammers. The Live Horseshoeing class is where all competitors will shoe a horse with a shoe made out of straight bar stock.
“Since competing builds skill sets that are directly related to your everyday work we attract farriers from all over the world. The biggest disease of all farriers is isolation, when you are out shoeing by yourself you are the best farrier in the world and when you get around your peers you begin to realize what you do and do not know,” says Trnka. “The coke forges heat up to 3,000 degree and everything is made from scratch on location. It is like animal planet and west coast choppers all rolled up into one.”
Admissions to all WCB events are free to spectators. The deadline to enter the Fort Worth competition is November 24 and the cost is $360.00 per enter for a chance to win up to $12,000.00 in cash and prizes. For more information, call 505.235.5952.
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