On a cold and frosty Sunday morning the 4 apprentices of Forden Farriers also known as the “Fab Four” headed north to Middlewich to compete in the winter’s foremost competition held at BL Farrier supplies. It was a tough journey as the snow was falling heavily but when they arrived they were greeted by a very hot warehouse with 21 fires on the go. Rhodri Thomas and Ryan Sutton were competing in the First year apprentice competition, Dan Rabin in the second year and James Gant in the third.
They soon got to grips with the cold outside and extreme heat inside and took on the challenge with some Gusto. Ryan Sutton won the 1st year apprentice shoe making with Rhodri finishing third. Dan Rabin won the 2nd year and James Gant completed the clean sweep for the sweaty foursome. The remedial shoemaking saw Dan gain enough points to win reserve champion for the day narrowly missing out on the top spot.
The first competition of the season was a great success for the Forden Farriers “Fab Four” and just rewards for the long hours spent in the forge during the short winter days. The bench mark of success has been set for the year and we look forward to further success throughout 2012.