Pictured Above: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and Master Farrier Douglas Bradbury (right) is pictured with Grant Moon (left).
The annual list included Douglas Bradbury, a master farrier of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, making him a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
According to Derbyshire Times, Bradbury was honored for his expansive services to the farrier profession and horse community.
Having earned the highest certifications in the field, Bradbury also trained 15 apprentices and served as an examiner.
He innovated traveling farriery by going to farms and riding schools. He went on to run the U.K. Horseshoeing Museum and continues to give educational talks throughout the U.K.
“I started in the pits — it just doesn’t seem real to me. It is completely out of the blue,” Bradbury told Derbyshire Times.
“I am over the moon — I have not come back to earth yet.”
This winter, we talked to Bradbury and he shared how British Army farriers made shoes in WWI, and how the army field forge was used. Watch the videos below, and view our photo gallery of U.K. Horseshoeing Museum here.