Monday, July 07, 2014

Results: English Farrier Steven Beane Wins His Fifth (and Final) Calgary Stampede World Championship in 2014

Steven Beane practicing at home before Calgary. Photo by Aaron Kampfer, used with permission.

Unofficial news from the Calgary Stampede has placed English farrier Steven Beane in the enviable position of having just won his fifth--and no doubt last--world championship at the Calgary Stampede.

The news was reported late last night, Calgary time, by event sponsors Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center via Facebook, but no announcement has come from the event.

We'll take their word for it, but surely this article will have an update later today.

The Stampede has stated that they have no plans to continue hosting a world championship for farriers.

Steven shoes horses in the northern county of Yorkshire, England and won the Calgary event for four years straight from 2009 through 2012. Steven defeated four formidable opponents in the "final five" that included three-time winner Darren Bazin of England, five-time winner Billy Crothers of Wales, reigning 2013 champion David Varini of Scotland, and 2013 reserve champion Matthew Randles of England. (No pressure there.)

(Image created from event prize list graphics)

If you've never been to Calgary, this little video is an introduction to what goes on, with event committee member Eric Swamby:

Congratulations to Steven Beane, who also had to compete at Calgary against his wife, Scotland's Sarah Brown.

The next event on the big-league calendar will be the European Championships, hosted by Great Britain, July 25-27.

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