Craig Trnka is one of the most sought after clinicians for farrier education. Through his experiences of traveling around the globe to educate farriers, he says the clinician should focus on helping the audience keep the horse their No. 1 priority.
“In the horseshoeing industry, what is good for the horse isn’t necessarily going to benefit your checkbook or make you popular in society,” the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member from Edgewood, N.M., told attendees at a Wisconsin Farrier’s Association contest and clinic in early summer at NEW Farrier Supply in Pulaski, Wis. “We’re discussing form and function, not popularity. I wouldn’t tell you what to do if it isn’t good for the horse. Making lots of money, a fancy rig or owning a home earned from your work as a farrier shouldn’t be your moral compass for what is right or wrong. It should be what’s good for the horse.”
An Interview with Craig Trnka: In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by SmartPak, we chat with Craig Trnka regarding the World Championship Blacksmiths, how he got into horseshoeing, building confidence and an unexpected benefit of competition.
2021 Forging Challenge Tests Skill, Delivers Practicality: Assess and improve on your forging skills while making a hind to help a horse that may pull a front shoe.
A Conversation between Jim Ferrie and Craig Trnka: In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by Pennwoods Equine, Executive Editor Jeremy McGovern welcomes Hall of Fame farriers Jim Ferrie of Newmilns, Scotland, and Craig Trnka of Edgewood, N.M., to discuss their careers and challenges they’ve overcome over the decades.