7th annual horseshoeing competition at Roseberry

The seventh annual horseshoeing competition was held at Channon’s Farriers in Roseberry on Saturday.There were 37 competitions held through out the day and this year medals were given out for the first time from The Worshipful Company of Farriers in London.

The seventh annual horseshoeing competition was held at Channon’s Farriers in Roseberry on Saturday.There were 37 competitions held through out the day and this year medals were given out for the first time from The Worshipful Company of Farriers in London.

Organiser Eddie Channon, who has been a farrier all his life after following his father into the trade, said it was a great success.

“We started at 7am and we finished up at 6pm,” said Eddie who has been living in Newbridge for 30 years. “On Saturday evening we had a presentation dinner at Ryston Sports and Social Club. It was great fun and it is a huge event and a great meeting place for people. It also provides good business for the town.” Keeping it in the family Eddie’s son, Eddie Jr, is also an apprentice farrier and came first and second in the apprentice category taking home a bronze medal at the weekend.Meanwhile according to Eddie a good farrier is someone who is able to assess the horse quickly and make a shoe that fits perfectly “A sound hourse will not pull on the shoe or lose the shoe. It a good profession to be in - you are literally learning your whole life.

- Paula Campbell