Expand Your Forging Knowledge Without Leaving Home!

The Calgary Mail-In Forging Exercise is an outstanding learning experience and a great way to expand your footcare skills

Now in its ninth year, the Mail-In Forging Exercise offers you a highly educational opportunity to expand your forging skills and earn a wide variety of valuable farrier products while being an important part of the World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition held each July in Calgary, Alberta. It’s a novel way to gain valuable forging experience without ever leaving home!

Over the past 8 years, more than 500 individuals from around the world have participated in this extraordinary learning experience. They’ve also shared almost $200,000 in valuable prizes donated by leading suppliers.

Forge A Capped Toe Bar Shoe

All you have to do is forge a capped-toe bar shoe and make sure it arrives in Calgary prior to the June 15, 2008, deadline. Co-sponsoring this valuable forging learning exercise are the Calgary Stampede’s World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition and American Farriers Journal.

Just by participating, each farrier will earn $237.17 of valuable forging products while other valuable products will be distributed among the 25 top scoring farriers. Based on 50 participants, a total of $22,556.54 of hoof-care products from leading industry suppliers will be distributed.

But the real value of being part of the Mail-In Forging Exercise is not in receiving valuable products. Instead, it’s the tremendous amount of learning that comes from forging a shoe that is evaluated by the Calgary judges.

See Pages 90 to 99 in the 2008 January/February AFJ issue for step-by-step details on how to forge the capped toe bar shoe. Along with diagrams for making the…

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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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