International award for reserve team

TEAM WORK: Scottish Farriers have success at team internationals.
TEAM WORK: Scottish Farriers have success at team internationals.

A LOCAL farrier recently won three out of four classes as part of the Scottish Farriery reserve team.

Competing on the reserve team, Lewis Balfour of Tealing and Will Forbes of Stirling won three out of four classes to win the overall reserve championship judged by Jonathon Nunn at the home internationals competition at the Bath and West Showground in Somerset.

The first team, sponsored by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, brought home second place after a tough competition between the other three nations at the home internationals.

Winning best shod horses over the two days, the Scottish team also saw success amongst a number of their individual talents. Sarah Brown and apprentice Grant Watt were titled best pair in the roadster class.

David Varini of Dalry in Ayrshire and his apprentice Andrew Tennant of Ettrick Valley beat off competition from Ireland and Wales to come second place in the speed class whilst Ian Gajczak and apprentice, Alistair Mclintock, also came second place in the shoe making class.

With Devin Crerar and Kennie Little coming second place in the hunter class, Scotland were announced as runners up for the tournament behind England and ahead of Ireland and Wales.

A number of the competitors are to appear at this year’s Royal Highland Show including team manager, Jim Balfour who will be judging. Sparks are set to fly as the skilled blacksmiths compete in the age old event turning metal into made to measure footwear.

The Royal Highland Show will return to Ingliston for its 53rd year this June 20 to 23.