The Trnka family will cycle in the Farriers Foundation’s 2017 Tour de Farrier, raising money to benefit the charity that helps farriers and their families across the U.K. when they need it.

The Farriers Foundation’s annual charity ride takes place on Aug. 4-6, 2017. Riders will bike 192 miles over 3 days in Wales. According to a statement on Tour de Farrier’s Facebook page, the ride will begin at Caernarfon Castle, involve riding to Aberystwyth, as well as through the hills and Snowdania National Park, ending in Caernarfon.

Craig Trnka, member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, founded the World Championship Blacksmiths in 2006. The WCB is a membership-based organization that hosts traveling horseshoeing competitions.

The WCB intends to raise awareness in the equestrian community about the significance of well-educated and skilled farriers. 

Given their investment in the farrier community, the cause of the ride is close to the Trnka family’s hearts.

“The Trnka family (TeamWCB) has enjoyed bicycling for many years and are very honored to have been invited to be a part of 2017 Tour de Farrier and help to raise funds for the Farriers Foundation, which is a terrific foundation that helps farriers in the U.K. who are in need of assistance,” according to a statement attributed to Christine Trnka on Team WCB’s JustGiving page.

Jonathan and Sara Nunn created The Farriers Foundation in 2013 with the generosity and assistance of other farriers in the Staffordshire, England, area.

The foundation was born out of Jonathan Nunn’s realization that the farrier profession needs support — whether financial or otherwise practical support.

“The Farriers Foundation is a charitable incorporated organization with the aim of providing relief of financial hardship amongst farriers or retired farriers and their dependants who, by virture of illness or premature retirement or any other reason, have need of such assistance,” states the foundation’s constitution, published on their website.

To learn more about the Farriers Foundation or Tour de Farrier, visit their website.

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