The Team

Claire Brown

Claire is married to Nigel and a managing director within the business. A horse owner and graduate of an Equine Business Degree course, Claire is passionate about the appropriate care of horses both from a horse owners and a farriery business perspective.
Claire’s role within N R Brown Farriers is confined to the office – frequently seen disappearing under a mountain of paperwork! She is responsible for all paperwork (including accounts), the website and Facebook group
Claire’s own business, Forge PR, offers a freelance public relations and marketing service to a variety of businesses both within and outside the farriery and equine industry. Together, with Nigel, they launched – Forge & Farrier – an online information resource for farriers in the UK which was voted ‘Best Farrier-Focused Information Resource in Europe’ in 2016.


Current Apprentices

Thomas Anderson

Tom joined the team with a glowing report from Hereford & Ludlow College Pre-Farrier Course. He had his own horses at home and farriery seemed to be a natural progression for him.

He has already secured many great placings at farriery competitions in a relatively short space of time whilst showing himself to be a talented shoemaker.

Thomas comes from Sale and has a keen interest in outdoor pursuits.

Emily Hockney

Emily joined us in July 2017 following a very successful completion of the Pre-Farrier Course at Hereford & Ludlow College where she gained a Distinction and won the Outstanding Student Award! Emily has already demonstrated considerable talent in the forge in addition to displaying excellent horse handling skills. We are very much looking forward to seeing her progress.


Qualified Farriers

Harry Meek

Harry joined us at the age of 16 following successful completion of the Pre-Farrier Course at Herefordshire College. Despite not having a background with horses, Harry chose to pursue a career in farriery as he has a talent for metalwork and enjoys and is experienced in handling farm animals. Harry has shown himself to be quiet and confident in handling the most quirky of horses and is proving to be a mature and talented farrier with a natural eye for shoeing. Harry has done well in farriery competitions and has represented Wales on the Apprentice and Senior  Farrier Teams.

Harry qualified with great results in July 2011. His apprenticeship period officially completed on 31st August 2011. Harry continues to work for us on a freelance basis part-time. Harry is working towards gaining his Associate examination.
Outside working hours Harry enjoys being outdoors and throwing himself down mountains on his bike!

Robbie Watson-Greaves

Robbie completed his Forging Examination with Nigel prior to beginning his apprenticeship with us in 2009. Robbie has great riding experience; his sister runs a professional dressage yard. Robbie sets himself very high standards and is often to be found making shoes in the forge late at night! This commitment has paid off as he has already had numerous placings and wins in shoemaking competitions in addition to being a part of the very strong and competitive England Apprentice team.
Away from work Robbie still enjoys riding and steak – with a peppercorn sauce!

Robbie qualified in September 2013 with great results – achieving the highest mark for his shoeing practical in the examination. Following a year travelling, visiting some of the world’s best farriers, Robbie continues to work for us on a freelance basis part-time.
Similar to Harry, he is working towards gaining his Associate examination.


Alistair Evans

Alistair not only demonstrates considerable practical talent but is hard-working and committed to his chosen carer. He has achieved many wins at farriery competitions across the UK and has been a frequent member of the Welsh Apprentice Farriery Team.

Alistair is a keen sportsman, enjoys socialising and has developed his interest in farriery through his family’s involvement in horses.

Alistair qualifed in November 2017 and will continue to be a member of the N R Brown Farriers team on a part time basis.