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Andy Darden

Whether at a convention, certification or contest, you can usually see Andy Darden with his red truck. His set up is simple: sitting in a lawn chair with his tailgate down displaying an incredible selection of beautiful, quality tools. I met him a few years ago at the first Forge of July in Shelbyville, Ky. He took the time to explain his tool making process, offered advice and shared the wisdom he’s earned over decades as a farrier and toolmaker to all who stopped by his truck. I’ve enjoyed many of these conversations over the years and keep in touch with Darden. With COVID-19 limiting travel, I haven’t seen Darden because of the cancellation of events, so we chatted online.
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Bridge Analogy Improves Forging

Knowledge of how steel reacts to supported and unsupported hammer blows is the key to shaping horseshoes
“People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” This quote by English writer Samuel Johnson is the heart behind this article. The majority of readers have a functional grasp of forging as it relates to shoeing horses. However, when a skill is not honed with the intent of understanding, small details often can be overlooked or forgotten along the way.
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Briefings: January/February 2021

The World Championship Blacksmiths awarded its 2020 title to Chris Madrid last month, but it’s worth recalling a tribute from the season. This story begins about 8 years ago when Waxhaw, N.C., farrier Dillon Crane was a young farrier shoeing with his father Jeff.


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2020 in Review

Top 10 Articles from March 2020

COVID-19 turned the world upside down in March, so its little surprise that many of the top articles this month were centered around that subject. Other topics that emerged among the most-read articles of March 2020 included pricing for trimming and shoeing, tips from a Rising Shoeing Star and a milestone achievement by a farrier-veterinarian.
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2020 in Review

Top 10 Articles from January 2020

The past year has been interesting, to say the least. While the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in restrictions in our daily lives, it also has been one of the busiest years within the farrier industry as horse owners spent more time with their mounts. With increased business comes a greater need for hoof-care education. As the year comes to a close, American Farriers Journal editors compiled the articles that you read most from each month in 2020.
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News & Notes

New Mexico Farrier Chris Madrid Takes World Championship Blacksmiths Title

Virginia farrier Mike Miller wins <em>American Farriers Journal</em> Most Improved Award
The World Championship Blacksmiths (WCB) wrapped up its 14th season in Fort Worth, Texas, by crowning Santa Fe, N.M., farrier Chris Madrid as its national champion. Catlett, Va., farrier Mike Miller took home the American Farriers Journal Most Improved Award and was category 1 champion.
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Mail-In Exercise Going Ahead To Challenge You

Although the International Hoof-Care will be virtual this year, the 2021 Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise is still here to challenge your skills and you have more time to enter. International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame farrier Craig Trnka of Edgewood, N.M., brings back concave for 2021 with the diamond toe hind shoe. This is a beneficial shoe for a horse that might grab a shoe on the diagonal, without taking foot length.
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World Championship Blacksmiths, Madison, Wis., 2020

The World Championship Blacksmiths hosted phase two of its 2020 season July 31-Aug. 2 in Fitchburg, Wis. Seventy-two competitors from 28 states participated.

Andrew Neilson Forging

Oxford, Pa., farrier Andrew Neilson demonstrates how he packs his tools for forging contests.

2018 Colorado Classic

Chris and Cody Gregory of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo., were the clinicians and judges of the 2018 Colorado Classic in Kremmling, Colo.

World Championship Blacksmiths event at the Goshen Stampede June 2018

World Championship Blacksmiths held its second competition of the season June 15-17, 2018, at the Goshen Stampede in Goshen, Conn. It was the first time that the WCB staged an event at the Goshen Stampede.

Anvil Brand Clinic: February 2018

Hall Of Fame farrier Billy Crothers demonstrated a number of forging and shoeing techniques designed to improve efficiency in your hoof-care practice at the annual Anvil Brand Shoeing Co. winter clinic in Lexington, Ill.

2017 World Horseshoeing Classic Photo Gallery

Photos from the 2017 World Horseshoeing Classic held at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School (KHS) in Richmond, Ky.

Joe Smith's Horseshoe Art

Thousands of horseshoes, bound for the scrap heap, are the artistic medium of choice for Joe Smith, who welds them into large-scale treasures.

EVENTS

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Everyday Essential Horseshoe Modifications

3/25/17
Spanish Lake Blacksmith Farrier Supplies
2793 W Meyer Rd.
Foristell, MO
United States
Contact: Bob Schantz
Spanish Lake Blacksmith Farrier Supplies will host Everyday Essential Horseshoe Modifications clinic. Paul Skaggs will be the clinician. Read More

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Forging With Craig Trnka, CFJ, Clinic

9/8/17
257 Goldrush Way
Chino Valley, AZ
United States
Contact: Shaun Woodsum
The Arizona State Farriers Association is hosting a clinic with Craig Trnka, CJF, in Chino Valley, Ariz.  Read More

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South Carolina Farriers Association Clinic

10/1/17
SCFA
270 John Weaver Rd.
Columbus, NC
United States
Contact: Casey Sokol
The South Carolina Farriers Association is hosting a clinic in Columbus, N.C. Read More

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Hammer-In

11/16/17
Purves Home
5760 Tipp Elizabeth Rd
Troy, OH
United States
Contact: Dave Purves CJF

The South Western Ohio Farriers Association will sponsor a Hammer-In in Troy, Ohio.

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Hammer-In

12/22/17
Hoyle Home
1432 Jasper Rd.
Xenia, OH
United States
Contact: Kenny Hoyle
The Southwestern Ohio Farriers Association will sponsor a Hammer-In in Xenia, Ohio. Read More

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Hammer-In

1/5/18
Tractor Supply Co.
480 North Mill St.
Tehachapi, CA
United States
Contact: Shayne Dempsey
Shayne Dempsey is hosting a Hammer-In in Tehachapi. Read More

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Hammer-In

2/2/18
Tractor Supply Co.
480 North Mills St.
Tehachapi, CA
United States
Shayne Dempsey is hosting a Hammer-In in Tehachapi. Read More

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Hammer-In

3/2/18
Tractor Supply Co.
480 North Mill St.
Tehachapi, CA
United States
Shayne Dempsey is hosting a Hammer-In in Tehachapi. Read More

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Hammer-In

3/17/18
Rick Medd's Shop
1105 23rd Avenue N
Clinton, IA
United States
Contact: Rick Medd
Iowa Professional Farriers Association is hosting a Hammer-In in Clinton. Read More

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Hammer-In

4/6/18
Tractor Supply Co.
480 North Mill St.
Tehachapi, CA
United States
Shayne Dempsey is hosting a Hammer-In in Tehachapi. Read More

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