World Championship Blacksmiths Crown Chris Madrid its Champion
The World Championship Blacksmiths wrapped up its 15th season by crowning a familiar name as its national champion in early December in Fort Worth, Texas.
Stanley, N.M., farrier Chris Madrid, CJF, captured his second consecutive national championship.
Other noteworthy accomplishments include:
- National runner-up — Robert Jukes, CF, of Weatherford,
- Sandbox Finishing Systems Novice champion —
Daniel Gunderson, CF, of Rockwall, Texas.
- Category 1 champion — Mason Mileski, CF, of Farr West, Utah.
- Category 2 champion — Jessica Melvin, CJF, of Asbury, N.J.
- Category 3 champion — Matt Hull, CJF, of Stony Point, N.C.
- Novice Matchplay champion — Charlie Sayer, CF, of Junction City, Ore.
Jim Blurton Matchplay and Liberty Live Shoeing champion — Chris Madrid, CJF, of Stanley, N.M.
American Farriers Journal Most Improved Competitor — Steve Lowry, CJF, of Conover, N.C.
- Fingerlakes MFG Striker of the Year — Sawyer Spradling, CJF, of Lone Oak, Texas.
American Farrier’s Association Celebrates 50 Years
The American Farrier’s Association (AFA) celebrated its 50th anniversary at its mid-November convention in Arlington, Texas.
The winners of the 2021 National Forging and Horseshoeing Competition were:
Ben Mangan, CJF, of Carthage, N.Y., won the Open Journeyman Class, Open Roadster Class, National High Point Winner and Overall High Point Winner.
Bodie Trnka, CJF, of Jordan, Minn., won the Open Specialty Forging Class, the North American Capewell Challenge Cup Live Shoeing Finals and Reserve National High Point Winner.