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2020 Convention Competition

American Farrier’s Association

49TH ANNUAL Convention

Chattanooga, TN Convention Center

March 9-13, 2020 




Click here to register for Competition

Competition Shoe File

Click here to download the detailed competition shoe file, rules and more information [PDF].

2020 National Forging & Horseshoeing Competition

Elevate your education to new heights and compete this year at the 2020 National Forging & Horseshoeing Competition!  The contest will be conducted in rounds of 20 AFA provided forging stations.  Competitors have opportunities to take in most of the convention lectures, demos, other activities and do not need to haul a station to compete.

There are two divisions with over $40,000 in prize money.  The Intermediate Division is open to farriers who have never won the Intermediate Division or competed in the Open Division (2-Person Draft excluded) at a prior convention competition. The Open Division is open to all farriers. Open Division members wishing to be considered for the American Farriers Team must have attained AFA CJF certification and be a US citizen or have attained permanent residence status.

Competitors must also register separately for the convention. If convention registration is complete by February 10th, you will receive a free commemorative T-shirt! There is a competitors meeting on Monday, March 9th from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.

Competition registration deadline is December 13, 2019.

Limited to 100 Competitors (Open & Intermediate Combined)

Competition Judges

Open Division
Chad Chance, CJF
Tim McPhee, CJF
Paul Robinson, AWCF

Intermediate Division
2019 American Farriers Team
Bodie Trnka, CJF (team captain)
Travis Smith, CJF
Daniel Jones, CJF
Patrick Dutton, CJF
Tyson Clark, CJF (reserve)

Rule for the 2020 Open Division

The Top 20 will be determined by the overall average of all 3 individual classes.

Release and Waiver of Claims

A signature is required and will be obtained at the competitors meeting Monday night, March 9, 2020.


Thank You To Our Generous Convention Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Hoof Level Sponsors


Forge Level Sponsors


Specialty Level Sponsors


Horseshoe Level Sponsors

Hammer Level Sponsors

Competition Sponsors

National High Point Award

2 Person Draft Class

Reserve National High Point Award

Journeyman Class


Roadster Class

Live Shoeing Class

Specialty Forging Class

Intermediate Division – all classes


Overall High Point Award