via press release:
Only one team per country is permitted entry to these prestigious championships hosted by the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (BFBA). The US team has historically been selected from Certified Journeyman Farriers of the American Farrier’s Association.
This year’s team is managed by past multiple time AFT competitor, Conrad Trow, CJF, and is comprised of the following members:
- Jake Engler, CJF, Magnolia, Texas
- Josh Stanley, CJF, AWCF, Bozeman, Montana
- Rusty Wells, CJF, Earlysville, Virginia
- Ben Mangan, CJF, Carthage, New York
- Robbie Mederos, CJF, FE (alternate) Danville, California
In 2015, this selection will take place during the AFA convention in Overland Park, Kansas between February 25-27.
In the months following convention and leading up to the competition, team members regularly serve as informal ambassadors of the AFA as they travel around the United States and participate in numerous practices which are open to the public as an educational forum.
The two days of competition are intense and exciting as competitors vie to complete specific shoeing assignments accurately and within an allotted period of time. AFT competitors face the additional challenge of working with a coke forge rather than propane fired as customarily utilized by farriers in the US. Nevertheless, past AFT members are quick to praise the opportunity to represent the US abroad and to compete against farriers who are widely recognized as some of the best in the world.
To learn more about the American Farrier’s Association or their annual convention, visit www.americanfarriers.org or call the AFA office: (859)233-7411.
Thanks to AFA Executive Director Beth Daniels for providing the news release. Sorry the team's photo isn't accessible tonight.
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