2016 Team Plans
It’s going to be an exciting year for the American Farrier’s Team. We’ve got a very strong team with Jeremy Scudder, CJF, and Tim McPhee, CJF, returning from a solid year on the AFT in 2015. Bodie Trnka, CJF, obviously has experience beyond his years with his family history, and, of course, our Captain, and Bodie’s father, Craig Trnka, CJF, needs no introduction as he begins his 11th year on the AFT. Rounding out the team in the alternate position is Chad Chance, CJF, who is also returning from last year’s roster.
The 2016 AFT will be headed to three great team contests. First up is the Calgary Stampede Blacksmith Classic from July 15-17. This is not the Calgary of old but is a completely revamped, team-based competition. This year there will be six teams invited: two European, two Canadian, the WCB Team, and the AFT. Classes include a four man draft shoeing, a team forging class, and a saddle horse shoeing class during which each team must shoe two horses with one coke forge and two anvils. It will be a free-for-all of a class!
On September 24-25 the AFT will be competing at Stoneleigh, UK, in the 37th International Team Horseshoeing Championships. This is another classic competition in which the guys will work as two man teams to shoe a horse, and they will also compete in a gas forging class in which they’ll have 90 minutes to make four shoes. The competition at Stoneleigh is serious and a blast for the competitors.
The last contest of the year is the World Horseshoeing Classic at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School (dates TBA). This is a full- on four man team event, and if you’ve never been, it is the absolute best contest for spectators.You can stand right next to the team and take it all in as they forge and fit up traditional shoes for Hunter, Roadster, and Draft horses.
This is going to be an awesome year for the AFT with the first ever father and son teammates competing in the same year. I’m excited to be able to be a part of it as my first year as team manager.
Josh Stanley, CJF, AWCF