While covering the recent Michigan Horseshoers Association’s 50th anniversary Contest and Clinic at the Michigan State University’s Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, Edgewood, N.M., farrier Craig Trnka generously took some time to demonstrate how to forge the 2019 International Hoof-Care Summit Mail-In shoe, sponsored by VICTORY.
“A frequent criticism of contest shoes is that they often lack practical use in everyday shoeing,” says the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame member. “Although I will argue that the lessons learned in making any shoe are transferable to your work, this criticism remains. With this in mind, I wanted to offer a shoe for this mail-in challenge that would have plenty of lessons, as well as practical use.”
The fifth annual forging exercise features a concave shoe with clips and stud holes that includes some tough steps, but will result in a functional shoe that can be nailed onto some sport horses.
The deadline to enter the 2019 International Hoof-Care Summit Forging Exercise, sponsored by VICTORY, by mail is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. If you will be attending the Summit, you can drop off your entry at registration by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.