New Zealand’s great­est shoe-off

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - EMMA JAMES

Far­ri­ers and black­smiths from all over New Zealand will go hoof to hoof at the Mane­line Ker­ck­haert Far­rier and Black­smith Cham­pi­onship at Equi­days this Oc­to­ber.

Equi­days event man­ager Am­mie Hardie said it was the first far­rier com­pe­ti­tion to ever be held at the three day event.

‘‘A core fo­cus of Equi­days is ed­u­ca­tion and good hoof care is im­per­a­tive in horse man­age­ment and now spec­ta­tors can see how the pros do it,’’ she said.

Ben Stevens of Kowhai Forge ex­plains the cham­pi­onship will be a de­mand­ing show of pro­fes­sional growth.

‘‘The Mane­line Ker­ck­haert Far­rier and Black­smith Cham­pi­onship will ask far­ri­ers to dis­play their skill, train­ing and tech­niques in an en­vi­ron­ment de­signed to see them push them­selves.

‘‘We’re want­ing to en­cour­age their con­tin­u­ous growth and up­skilling in their pro­fes­sion of far­ri­ery,’’ he said.

‘‘Over a se­ries of heats, far­ri­ers will be asked to present a wide range of abil­i­ties to show com­pe­tency, trained abil­ity and knowl­edge­able in­sight to the wide range of prob­lems and sit­u­a­tions they may en­counter on a daily ba­sis.’’

From hand forg­ing a range of re­me­dial shows, to ac­cu­racy in timed runs per­form­ing gen­eral show­ing, the com­pe­ti­tion would en­sure the far­ri­ers who com­pete are far­ri­ers who never stop striv­ing to be the best they can be. Equi­days will run from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 14 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 16 at the Mys­tery Creek Events Cen­tre.

The Kowhai Forge Artis­tic Black­smithing com­pe­ti­tion gives com­peti­tors the Fri­day of Equi­days, a chance to tra­di­tion­ally forge any­thing they de­sire – lim­ited only by their skills and imag­i­na­tion. Only tra­di­tional black­smithing tools will be al­lowed.

Equi­days visi­tors will then have the op­por­tu­nity to vote for the win­ner and all works will be auc­tioned off with pro­ceeds go­ing to char­ity. Each artist will choose their char­ity to do­nate to.

The Great Mane­line Ker­ck­haert Far­ri­ers Shoe Off con­sists of nine events in­clud­ing Ju­nior Ap­pren­tice, Se­nior Ap­pren­tice, In­ter­me­di­ate, Open Forg­ing, Open Shoe­ing, Speed Forg­ing, Judges’ Choice, Ea­gle Eye and Draught Shoe­ing.

The first ever far­rier com­pe­ti­tion at Equiays is hap­pen­ing this year.

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