Andy did his training and qualified with Farrier Tim Rooney RSS in South Wales in 1988, and completed his AWCF in 1999.
At the end of his apprenticeship he was selected to take part in the Farrier Cultural Exchange Scheme over in America. There he spent 3 months travelling around the US working with different farriers and shoeing all different types of horses.
On his return he decided he wanted to gain more experience working with other farriers and freelanced for sometime in England before setting up his own business to specialise in shoeing the competition horse.
He is extremely competitive and has participated in many shoeing competitions in the UK and abroad. Since he qualified he has been a member of the Welsh Farrier Team for over 20 years, competing at the International Shoeing Competition and being part of the winning team on numerous occasions. He has been reserve World Shoeing Champion twice at the World Blacksmith Competition in Calgary. He has been National Champion at the Royal Show. Also competed and won in the World Shoeing Classic in the first year it was held. His latest success was in Scotland UK at the Ayrshire Branch 40th Anniversary Shoeing Competition where he was a winning member of the 4 Man Team. He also judged the shoe making classes at this event.
Colain "Duck" Duret—CANADA
Colain (Duck) Duret of Calgary, Alberta, Canada followed in his family footsteps graduating from Olds college in 2003 as a third generation farrier. A past multi-time member of the Canadian Farriers Team, multi-time Alberta Farrier champion, Worlds top 10 finalist as well as winner of the 2017 Calgary Stampede are a few of his competitive accomplishments.
Alongside competing, Colain operates a successful farrier business in Southern Alberta, primarily shoeing eventer, dressage and show jumping horses by utilizing traditional hand forged shoes. Colain continues to work with multiple apprentices in hope he will help the future of the industry grow and prosper. Although competing, practicing and working takes up many hours, he always makes time for his wife, Shelley of 8 years, his daughter Sophie (6) and his son Quinn (4).
Bob Pethick, CJF—USA
Bob Pethick began shoeing horses in 1971 apprenticing for three years with several farriers and attending forging seminars at Bruce Daniel's South Jersey School of Horseshoeing. Today, in his busy career, he fills many roles as an active farrier and clinician, teacher, international judge and in promoting and supporting excellence in the industry. He has served on the AFA Therapeutic Exam Board and has been active with the AFA Certification Committee. Bob is also a past and current president of the Garden State Horseshoers Association Northern Chapter, has served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Professional Farriers and was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in 2006.
As owner of Bedminster Forge in New Jersey, Bob's clientele includes show hunters, jumpers, dressage and event horses. Bob also does therapeutic work at B.W. Furlong and Associates and Running ‘S’ Equine Veterinary Services. Bob's professional certifications include AFA Certified (1983), Journeyman Certified (1986), AFA Examiner (1988), and member of Horseshoer's Union Local 16. He is licensed in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to plate Thoroughbreds and has shod many world champions and Olympic horses in all disciplines.
In 1979, Bob began competing at state events and worked his way up through the divisions. After competing at the 1985 AFA Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, Bob was selected to become a member of the North American Horseshoeing Team and is a two time member of that Team. He is a five-time member of the American Farriers Team and has represented the US in international competition. Bob now judges competitions at the international level. He is a five time judge of the AFA National Competition, two time judge of the World Championship Blacksmith Competition in Calgary, and has also judged the Mustad National Competition in Scotland and the International Team Farrier Competition in England.