The Jim Blurton Barshoes & Tools Team recently took part in the Royal Bath & West Show Four Man Team Farrier Competition, placing first out of 12 teams and taking home a £4000 prize.

A third generation farrier, Jim has been competing in international farrier competitions for over 40 years, winning the world championships in 2005.

Jim was initially classed as the wildcard entering the competition (as Jim hadn’t entered competitions for some years), however over 40 apprentices have trained under Jim and his team, with some going on to international competition. Consequently the team’s success at the next event shouldn’t be underestimated.

The Four Man Team included Andy Reider-Smith, Gavin Galby, Duncan Thomson and Jim, with each farrier having to prepare a hoof, make a shoe and fit it, with points awarded for the best prepared hoof and shoe.

In addition to winning the team competition, team members also placed individually in the Open Pony Shoeing (Gavin), Open Cob Shoeing (Duncan and Gavin) and Open Hunter Shoeing (Duncan) – view the results here.

Ahead of the show, Head of Shows Alan Lyons highlighted the level of expertise shown by the competitors and the preparation each team would make, really showcasing the achievement of winning the prestigious competition.

“It may sound relatively simple but it takes years of training and experience to become a top farrier,” Mr Lyons said.

“There is an old country saying that still holds true today: No foot, no horse — and the key to a sound horse is still a good farrier.”

“They will be given a pattern for the required shoe and will practise for hours to make sure they get it right on the day.”

Jim is now ready planning his next competition showing off the team’s expertise at the Yorkshire Farriers Education & Demonstration Association (YFEDA) World Team Championship, held at Countryside Live at the Great Yorkshire Show taking place on 21st – 23rd October.

To find out more about Jim and his team of expert farriers, and their equine and farrier skills and services, get in touch with our team today.