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2024 SNEFA Contest Itinerary, Logistics and Details

Updated: Jan 22

Update for Jan 22:

Change of guest speakers for Friday. The strength training presentation will start at 10am on Friday, 1/26, and will be given by Vinny Tanner.

Vinny has been a strength coach and trainer for almost ten years. He works with a wide variety of clients to help them achieve their fitness goals. Vinny's approach focuses on building a strong foundation with the basics and creating a balanced, injury-resilient person. 

Vinny studied at Rhode Island College where he earned a BS in Community Health with a concentration in Movement Studies and a Minor in Coaching, and he is a certified trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. 

Outside of his professional life, Vinny has been a competitive powerlifter for over a decade, competing at the state, regional, and national level. He is a certified referee with the American Powerlifting Organization. 

Vinny is proud to represent Windham County Strength in Canterbury, CT. 

Update for Jan 18: Amherst Equestrian Center is graciously hosting us this year, they have requested no dogs come to the contest as they have an intact male dog on the farm, please respect their request and plan accordingly.


January 26th and 27th at 50 Station Rd, Amherst, MA 01002 (Snow Date March 8/9).

Individual Shoe building and live horse classes on Friday, Two Man teams Saturday.

Key note: Jeremy Scudder, CJF

Jeremy was born and raised on a livestock and horse farm in Maryland, NY, and learned to ride at a couple of years old. His childhood farrier encouraged him to take on the trade, and in 2007, at 16 years old, he gave it a go, becoming immediately hooked. In 2009 he attended and graduated from the Cornell Farrier Program, and started apprenticing close to home, building his business, and competing in local Farrier contests. Jeremy passed his AFA Certified test in 2011, and passed the AFA Journeyman test in 2012, as well as started competing in WCB events. In 2013 he was sent to England for the 3 month AFA Cultural Exchange, and upon returning began competing at the AFA Convention in 2014, to then make the American Farrier’s Team in 2015 and 2016. At Convention 2016 Jeremy was winner of the Capewell Cup and Reserve National Champion. He has also shod racehorses in the Caribbean multiple times, but prefers to maintain his customer list in NY shoeing dressage, hunt seat, barrel racing, pleasure, some draft, and trail horses. Fly fishing, bird hunting, hiking, and occasional trail riding take up much of his personal time shared with his now 6 year old son, family, and friends.

Contest Itinerary:

Friday - January 26, 2024

10am- Talk from Mike Berhle. Mike runs Windham County Strength and will present on the benefits of strength training for farrier soundness.

130pm- Two man live horse class

330pm- Class 1, Surprise shoe class

Saturday - January 27, 2024

9am- Jeremy Demo/Talk

1030am- Class 2

12pm- Lunch

1pm-Class 3

230pm- Live Horse Classes

5pm- Awards

All shoeing competition pictures are available in this blog: 2024 SNEFA Shoe List Update and Contest Itinerary

Novice Division

Class 1- Surprise shoe 20 minutes

Class 2- Pair of lateral support hinds, quarter clipped, made from Kerckhaert Standards size 1. Fullered and hammer boxed lateral branch. 60 minutes

Class 3- Front inverted Bar shoe made from size 2 Kerckhaert Standard, 2 extra toe nails fullered and punched. Plus 1 front saucer/salad bowl shoe, Size 1 Kerckhaert Standard. 60 minutes.

“Shoeing” Class- Fit a hoof plate with a keg shoe, and forge 1 front plain stamped shoe 12”x3/8x3/4. 70 minutes. *You take the hoof plate you use home.

Intermediate Division

Class 1- Surprise shoe 20 minutes

Class 2- Pair of ¾ fullered hinds, no clips. 11 ½’x3/8x3/4 hammer finished. 60 minutes

Class 3- Whip around/inverted front barshoe plain stamped, 6 nails, 14”x3/8x3/4. Also forge 1 front sidebone, medial fuller, 12”x3/8x3/4 6 nails. 60 minutes.

Live Shoeing- Plain stamped on the foot, appropriate clips. Specimen shoe is concave front with rolled toe and side clips 12”x3/8x3/4 6 nails. 70 Minutes.

Open Division

Class 1- Surprise shoe 20 minutes.

Class 2- Pair of hind brushing shoes lateral trailered heel caulk, medial feather. Fullered lateral heel to inside toe, 5 nails. 12 ½”x3/8x3/4. 60 minutes.

Class 3- Heartbar front feather fullered, rolled rocker toe, 6 nails 16”x3/8x3/4. Also forge Wedge front shoe fully fullered toe clip 6 nails 11”x1/2x3/4. 60 minutes.

Live shoeing- ¾ fullered on the foot, appropriate clips. Specimen is HAMMER FINISHED ¾ fullered massoulette clipped hind shoe, clips NOT drawn. 11 1/2”x3/8x1. 70 minutes.

Two Man Live Horse

**Correction** - the two man live shoeing class is a "free for all" format, not each responsible for a foot. Only 2 feet must be done, not the whole horse. Plain stamp toe clipped front, ¾ fullered quarter clipped hinds, with appropriate nails. 75 mn, No specimen shoe.

Hot starts allowed every class, use appropriate nails unless specified.

Entry fee: $250/novice and $350 for all others

Special thank you to all of our sponsors!

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