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Back row (from left): Marshall Iles, Richard Ellis, Paul Robinson, Jim Blurton, Grant Moon, Craig Trnka, Billy Crothers, Mark Milster and David Wilson. Front row: Steven Beane, Shayne Carter, Bob Marshall, Dave Duckett, Austin Edens and Darren Bazin
The Mustad Champion of Champions Exhibition, a first-time event held at The Forge in Stoneleigh, England, during early May not only featured exceptional craftsmanship, it presented participants with a chance to reflect on the effect competitions had on their careers.
Paul Robinson of Northern Ireland topped the field, taking home a trophy made by Jim Keith and earning a 5,000 pound donation from Mustad for the Neonatal Unit at Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, Scotland, where his daughter, Kate, spent time after she was born in December of last year.
Each competitor chose a charity to represent during the event.
The event was open to winners of the Calgary Stampede World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition.
Other participants in the competitive shoeing rounds and their chosen charities were: Darren Bazin (Cancer Research UK), Steven Beane (Cancer Research UK), Grant Moon (Riding for the Disabled), Billy Crothers (Breakthrough for Breast Cancer), Jim Blurton (Hope House Children’s Hospice), Shayne Carter (Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund), Mark Milster (Parker Milster Memorial Fund), Craig Trnka (Lance Armstrong Foundation) and Bob Marshall (MacMillan Nurses).
Unfortunately Richard Ellis (Aviation Without Borders) and Austin Edens (Sisters of the Presentation) were unable to participate due to injuries. Dave Duckett was also present. Bill Poor (Breast Cancer Foundation) was unable to attend due to a family…