The farriery competition is one of the most popular attracts at the show.

THE Nottinghamshire County Show has attracted visitors from Europe who will show off their skills in a competition of craftsmanship that is thousands of years old.

The farriery competition aims to find some of the best tradesmen in specialist equine hoof care and is one of many attractions at the event taking place on 9 and 10 May 2015 at the Newark Showground.

Spaces for the competition are filling up fast which includes four classes open to fully-qualified and apprentice farriers and will be judged by three-times national farrier champion, Mr Joe Bryan.

Alex Mercer, master farrier and competition organiser, said: “We’re expecting to see about 60 farriers competing over the weekend and we’re even expecting farriers from Sweden, Denmark and Norway. This is the fifth year we’ve been at this event and it always proves very popular with visitors and competitors.

“It takes almost five years to qualify as a farrier, a trade that has been around for centuries, and takes years of dedication and commitment to be top of your field. This competition is a great opportunity for farriers to test their skills under a time limit with the tools available to them before being judged by an expert in the world of farriery.”

Jayne Olney, show manager of the Nottinghamshire County Show, said: “Farriery is one of the oldest trades known to man and we’re delighted to welcome the competition to this year’s show again. It’s proved to be one of our most popular attractions and is a real showcase of talent.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to see real craftsmanship at work as the farriers are put to the test to prepare the foot of a horse, make the horse’s shoe, fit it and present it; we’re really looking forward to the competition.”
Advance tickets are only £10 for Nottinghamshire County Show; highlights will include BMX motor cross, the ever popular dog and duck show and the best in local livestock, produce and much more, whatever the weather.

The Farriery competition is sponsored by Arthur Cottam and HYUNDAI of Lincoln and takes place on Saturday 9 May 2015 and Sunday 10 May 2015 with support from Farrier Friends.

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