That’s the unbelievable value of farrier products earned by 71 mail-in forging exercise participants

DIAGONAL WEIGHTED BAR SHOE (TOP). Left to right are the shoes forged by the top three finishers in the mail-in exercise: Gene Lieser, Weslaco, Texas; Tom Kindjerski, Thorsby, Alberta, Canada; and Bill Miller, Florissant, Mo. HIND TROTTER SHOE (BOTTOM). Left to right, Gene Lieser, Tom Kindjerski and Bill Miller.

With an astounding eight-fold increase from participating shoers in a year’s time and outstanding support from 47 farrier suppliers, the 2001 mail-in forging exercise was a rip-roaring success.

Besides offering unlimited opportunities for participants around the world to expand their forging skills, the dollar value of products that shoers received for participating in the mail-in forging exercise undoubtedly qualifies it as the world’s richest farrier competition.

Co-sponsored by the World Champ­ionship Blacksmiths’ Competition held during the early July Calgary Stampede and American Farriers Journal, 71 farriers from seven countries each took home $426.85 in valuable farrier supplies simply for participating in this extraordinary mail-in forging exercise. In addition, each participant also received an evaluation of their shoes from the judges.

The top 25 finishers in the exercise also split an additional $10,871.49 in valuable farrier supplies, making a total of $41,177.84 of products that were awarded in this year’s event.

Marshall Iles, chairman of the World Champion Blacksmiths’ Competition committee and a farrier from Calgary, Alberta, says the mail-in forging exercise was extremely successful. 

“I was not only impressed with the number of entries, but also the fact that they came from a number of countries and the exceptional quality of…

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Frank lessiter

Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has spent more than 50 years in the agricultural and equine publishing business. The sixth generation member to live on the family’s Centennial farm in Michigan, he is the Editor/Publisher of American Farriers Journal.

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