November 13, 2015 at 11:09 AM

WCF Best Shod Horse Competition at HOYS 2015

This year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) saw the prestigious WCF Best Shod Horse competition take place on Friday 9th October. Entrants lined up ready for their hoof inspection to be in with a chance of winning this reputable award.

This esteemed competition is open to all ridden hunters including; lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight. All horses entered into these HOYS classes are judged for the Best Shod Horse competition and a winner is selected from each weight division, along with an overall winner who takes the award.

It is common practice for farriers to spend extra time on making and fitting these shoes ahead of the competition. When judging the class, the name of the farrier remains anonymous to ensure judging is fair and unbiased. All four feet are assessed, picked up and inspected. The judge will be looking for a number of aspects including:

- Quality of the hooves (Good shape, hoof balance, quality of the hoof wall, no flares in the hoof wall and good concaved soles with strong heels)

- Fitting of the shoes (Correct size, correct weight and width of shoe, position of clips, position of nails and clenches)

- Shoemaking (Quality of shoemaking, some shoes are technically much more difficult to make or the farrier can use a machine / factory made shoe)

The judge of this class is selected from the Worshipful Company of Farriers approved judges list. This year Carl Bettison that was chosen for the job, a former Master of The Worshipful Company of Farriers, member of the England Farriery team and also England team manager. Carl stated “I was honoured to be asked to judge!”

When judging this class, Carl said he looked for good quality hooves, as this is key to soundness, along with well-fitted and well-made shoes. Having trained just outside of Oakham in Rutland, the majority of Carl’s work involved hunters giving him an expert eye for this particular class.

This year’s award went to no. 1079, Revenge, who won the lightweight hunter division, as well as taking the overall title of WCF Best Shod Horse. The winner of the middleweight section was no. 1097, Gaelic Gamble, with Appledark Magic Touch, no.1111 taking the top spot in the heavyweight section.


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Horse of the Year Show Press Office
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