The World Championship Blacksmiths (WCB) wrapped up its 13th season in Las Vegas, Nev., by crowning Mineral,Va., farrier Carl Via as its national champion. Pentaluma, Calif., farrier John Sagaria took home the American Farriers Journal Most Improved Award.

Final WCB standings after four competitions:

Category 1 

  1. Cody Taylor of Taylorsville, N.C.
  2. Mike Miller of Catlett, Va.
  3. Rhys Steinhorst of Chesterfield, Va.
  4. Aaron Serstad of Oxford, Wis.
  5. Justin Feinberg-Cristler, Wilton, Calif.

Category 2

  1. Caleb Swarr of East Earl, Pa.
  2. Matt Hull of Stoney Point, N.C.
  3. John Sagaria of Petaluma, Calif.
  4. Kenny McAllister of Lyles, Tenn.
  5. Juan Marcos Escabi of Descanso, Calif.

Category 3

  1. Dillon Crne of Waxhaw, N.C.
  2. Gavine Cooper of Carnation, Wa.
  3. Cody Mecham of Fruitland, Utah
  4. Russel Floyd of St. George, New Brunswick
  5. Jeremiah Prescott of Midland, Texas

Category 4

  1. Carl Via of Mineral, Va.
  2. Daniel Jones of Fairhope, Al.
  3. Mike Poe of Columbia, Md.
  4. Andrew Neilson of Oxford, Pa.
  5. Travis Buck of Glen Williams, Ontario (Las Vegas Champion)

The 2019 Finger Lakes Manufacturing Big Hammer of the Year

Adam Fahr of Paragould, Ark.