February flew past! Nigel and Emily both took part in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment’s annual farriery competition “Cavalry Black Pairs” on the 23rd February. This was an incredibly special event to be part of; the competition takes place at the barracks whilst all the usual duties are performed. We watched the horses being tacked up, the tack inspection (which was incredibly daunting!), the horses file out (and later back in again), and the amazing ‘multi-storey’ stabling, tack room and saddler’s room. No ribbons despite good consistent performances but this was an amazing competition to be part of and one we’d very much like to return to!
Just two days later Nigel flew out of Heathrow to the World Horseshoeing Classic in Kentucky which is an international four man team competition. He was part of a new team alongside fellow Welshmen Billy Crothers, Mark Evans and Ryan Mcdonald against 17 others from across the world in a competition held over three gruelling days. The team had a very successful trip with a 5th, 7th and 6th in the three classes to finish 7th overall! This is an incredible well run competition by the World Horseshoeing Classic team and it is safe to say that Nigel loved it. The opportunity to learn from farriers in different countries is remarkable and the standard of the whole competition incredible. Our congratulations to team Mustad (Paul Robinson, David Varini, Lewis Balfour and Devin Crerar), who are friends of ours, on their win!
Last weekend Emily took part in the apprentice shoemaking at Myerscough Farriery College. Em produced two lovely shoes to secure a great 2nd place. She now heads to college for three weeks.