Wednesday, September 03, 2014

World Equestrian Games Farriers: Other Countries Heard From

World Equestrian Games farriers
The World Equestrian Games had a staff of French farriers on staff at the vet hospital; here you see two credentials for Jean Michel Goubault and Fabrice Cave. Nigel said they worked at Haras du Pin, the National Stud in Normandy.
The whole world was there, so there were bound to be more farrier pictures to show you. Thanks to British farrier Nigel Perrott, eventing team farrier for Ireland, who snapped (and shared) these photos.

Randy Pawlak, team farrier for Canada (left), and Sandy Parker, team farrier for Australia (right).

Today we continue with the salute to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 farriers.

Plus, a hint of some of the official farriers from France who are serving, and some great shots of more countries' official team farriers, especially for the eventing, which was plagued with mud after days of rain.

Thanks to all the farriers who are so generous with their photos. More to come!

The gates at the entrance to the National Stud at Haras du Pin would make a farrier take a second look. Called the "Versailles of Horses", it is the foundation stud farm for the Percheron breed, and home of an old French farrier school. The beautiful grounds of the stud farm were the site of the eventing dressage and cross-country phases of the World Equestrian Games. 

The trotup for the eventing was held in front of the grand country house at the stud farm.

The showjumping phase of eventing moved to the city of Caen and the main WEG arena. Here's British eventing team farrier Brendan Murray with his silver medal team. Great Britain's William Fox-Pitt also won the silver individual medal.

Farriers' shopping spree: It looks like Mustad and Kerckhaert were on hand to serve the farriers. Here are eventing team farriers Nigel Perrott for Ireland, Sandy Parker for Australia and Andrew Nickalls for New Zealand.

As soon as eventing was finishing in the big arena at Caen, the show jumpers moved in. Over 150 horses were entered in the jumping and they filled the popup stables. Even as th jumps were being built, horses and riders were acclimating to the arena and the footing.

French farriers to the rescue! Event farriers Jean Michel Goubault and Fabrice Cave used a wheelbarrow as a rig to move a shoeing box across the grounds. Behind them you can see the popup stabling, busy with the showjumping entourages attending to 153 horses.

Nigel Perrott is a veteran of world championships, both for farriers and equestrians. He's been on the English national farrier team, and of late has been farrier to the Irish eventing team. You might have met him in official capacity at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen in 2006, Kentucky in 2010 or the Olympics in 2012, as well as the current Games in France. 

Nigel runs the farrier competition at the Bath & Royal Show in England near his home in Somerset, and organizes the independent Southern Hoof Seminars with Nigel Phillips. When not working, Nigel can be found foxhunting.

Many thanks to Nigel and all the farriers who have been so kind to loan photos from WEG. More to come!

Read the first stories in this series:
Gold medal farriers at World Equestrian Games 2014

Haydn Price Team Farrier Takes on Flag Bearer Duties for Great Britain in WEG Opening Ceremonies

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