2020 IHCS Mail-In Forging Exercise: Sidebone Shoe

For the 2020 International Hoof-Care Summit, VICTORY is sponsoring another Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise


To watch a video of Craig Trnka discussing and making this specimen sidebone shoe, visit

For the 2020 Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise, I’ve selected a sidebone shoe. In the years that I’ve made the shoes for this contest, I’ve had two goals. I want to test your forging ability, but I also want to choose one of the most practical shoes I nail on. This is a beneficial shoe for those older horses that need some help moving laterally without affecting the trim because you can put some of the trim in the shoe.

I will be on site to judge the shoes at the 2020 International Hoof-Care Summit. If you are there, stop by the World Championship Blacksmiths booth to talk about your shoe after it is judged. In addition to the practicality, I think you’ll find this shoe presents some unique challenges.

This is the sixth annual Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise. Thank you to VICTORY Racing Plate Co. for sponsoring this challenge again. You can watch a video of making this shoe at You’ll improve your skills and earn a free T-shirt just for entering. You may win the buckle. But remember, it isn’t about winning — it is about the journey. Good luck!


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Craig Trnka

Craig Trnka, CJF is the founder of the World Championship Blacksmiths, a past president of the American Farrier’s Association and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

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