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Competitors had the sparks flying during the World Championship Blacksmiths’ Contest during the Calgary Stampede.
After participating in the Calgary mail-in forging exercise for 6 years, Flavio Souza captured top honors this year. The Brazilian farrier from Serra Negra, San Paulo, says earning this honor is one of the highlights of his shoeing career.
Capturing second place for the second straight year was Mark Lieser of Weslaco, Texas. Third place went to Tim Russell of Broken Bow, Texas. Rounding out the top five were Calvin Misener of Owensville, Mo., and David Schaefer of Greenville, Va.
Co-sponsored by American Farriers Journal and the Calgary Stampede’s World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition, this year’s mail-in forging exercise drew 16 participants from a half-dozen countries.
Each participant receives a collection of farrier supplies worth $237.17. The top finishers also split $10,550.29 worth of footcare products.
Leading farrier industry suppliers donated a total of $14,345 in valuable products. They included Castle Plastics, D.L Schwartz, David Farmilo, Delta Horseshoe Co., Dominion Sure Seal, Equine Corral, Emerald Valley, Equi-Life, Empire Farrier Supply, Equilox, Int’l., Equine Innovations, Farrier Science Clinic, Founder Free - Markie’s Choice, Goode’s Equine Leveler, Horse Science-Horse Sense, Meader Supply Corp., Monetta Farrier Specialties, Mustad Hoofcare Center, NC Tool Co., Nordic Forge Inc., Plum Shade Farm, Premier Equine Health, Rusty Brown Enterprises, SBS Equine Products, Stockhoff’s, Thoro’Bred Racing Plate Co., Uckele Health and Nutrition, World Championship Blacksmiths LLC; Victory Racing Plate Co., Vettec, Yoder Blacksmith and American Farriers Journal.