It has been a sizzling summer for the team at Forden Farriers. Jim Blurton has hosted a number of small clinics at the forge along with doing a number of clinics around the UK on behalf of Stromsholm which have been hugely successful. In between this he has been passing on his wealth of knowledge to the young members of our team.
This has paid dividends for them and we now have 3 nationally recognised apprentices. Rhodri Thomas was the first to take honours this summer finishing third at the Royal Welsh show in the 1st and 2nd year apprentice.
This was his first competition since signing his papers with Jim and was just reward for his head down hard work. Do not be fooled be his quiet demeanour Rhodri is our silent assassin and not to be underestimated.
Buoyed by his stalemates success James Gant went one better and finished second in the 3rd and 4th year apprentice competition at the Royal Welsh. His relaxed exterior hides a steely determination to succeed in everything he does and he has developed tremendously this year.
Rob Turnbull also had an excellent Royal Welsh show winning 2 of the best shod classes and narrowly missing out on the best shod champion by 0.1 points.
Not to be out done Dan Rabin headed for the well attended Handmade shoes competition and came away with Reserve Champion in the 1st and 2nd year apprentice class. This was just reward for the many hours Dan had put in over the anvil and I am sure if anyone could understand a word he says he may well have won it!
The National Championships beckoned all 3 of red hot apprentices. With a Yorkshire man, a south Waleian and a Brummy all seeking inspiration from Jim, his linguistic skills have been tested to the limits recently! All 3 were looking to finish in the top ten but unfortunately James Gant popped his shoulder during the first round of competition and was unable to finish the competition. The silent assassin Rhodri has no such trouble and finished 9th overall. Dan started off superbly and finished strong in both classes and was deservedly crowned National 1st and 2nd year Apprentice Champion. It is a superb achievement for Dan and the whole team here congratulates his success and dedication.