July 2017 Fundraising progress Andy has been in training now for sometime for the 230 mile cycle over 3 days to raise money for the charity - The Farriers Foundation. He is currently cycling between 10 and 20 miles a day and has decided to make the hill work that bit easier - he has swapped his Halfords bike for a speedier model! Which he is showing off in the picture! Please help Andy raise as much money as possible and any donations received are very much appreciated. Regular updates will be posted soon.
July 2017 Jim Bendon our 4th year apprentice is attending college this month in preparation for his final exams. He has shared some photos of the shoeing he has done at college and a good job he has done to! Well done Jim.
FUNDRAISING FOR THE FARRIERS FOUNDATION 2017 Andy is in training! In 2015 Andy help raise money for The Farriers Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support, by cycling with 40 other farriers 180 miles in 3 days from West to East coast in Yorkshire. In August 2017 Andy will be cycling again for this good cause with 50 farriers covering 230 miles over the Welsh hills near Aberystwyth. Andy would really appreciate your support and has created a – Just giving page were you can sponsor Andy online. He will be giving regular updates of his training and coverage of the gruelling 3 day bike ride so you can keep up-to-date on his progress. Please follow:
June 2017 Lovely to receive a thank you letter from The Welsh Farrier & Blacksmiths Association for judging at the spring fayre and for not charging for my services.
June 2017 lateral support shoe made and fitted to an event horse for the purpose of greater support to the hock area
MAY 2017 Andy has just returned from shoeing out in Holland. A client of Andy’s based in the UK needed a farrier when they returned with their dressage horses back to Holland. Andy agreed to shoe them once they were settled in and made his first trip this month. All went well and he will share these trips with his son James.
MAY 2017 Andy judging at the Royal Welsh Spring Fayre with John Benfield (a former apprentice of Andy’s). Both judges were impressed with the high standard of shoeing from both farriers and apprentices.
New Shoes These shoes were hand made by Andy for competitors to make in the Royal Welsh Spring Fayre shoeing competition.
April 2017 Fitz Volonte 10 year old TB homebred and trained by Andy ran at Aintree at the begging of April, his son James rode him but pulled him up 3 from home. Not disappointed as it was his first time over the grand national fences and no one was sure how he would take to them. He then ran 10 days later at Stratford and won by 30 lengths! He pinged the fences and galloped everything in to the ground. Next race if all goes well is back to Stratford in June.
November 2016 Well done to James Martin passing his DipWCF exam. James is Andy’s son and successfully passed is DipWCF in November 2016. James is one of 14 apprentices now successfully trained and passed by Andy. Here is a list of previous apprentices Andy has successfully trained: Arlo Stephens DipWCF Bruce King DipWCF John Benfield DipWCF Pete Balchin FWCF BSc (Hons) Pete Jones DipWCF Simon Peckham DipWCF John Trevor-Roper DipWCF Danny Bently DipWCF Charlie Sands DipWCF Sean Whelan DipWCF Thomas Murray DipWCF Olli Twinning DipWCF Liam Winsper DipWCF Apprenticeship term 4 years and 2 months.
2011 the world horseshoeing Andy won in 2011 the world horseshoeing draft horse class, the trophy was presented by a farrier who made the shoe and fitted it to a wooden hoof of a heavy horses foot, really cool trophy to win!