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Hot Contest at North of Scotland Farriers' Competition

ILPH Belwade Farm's shoe making competition, now in it's sixth year, joined forces earlier this month with the Echt show to provide two days of top quality competition farriery.

Conditions at ILPH Belwade Farm, Aboyne on Sunday 13th July, the second day of the farriers' competition were, it has to be said, hot, hot, hot.

The weather was hot, the forge was hot and the competition was very hot. According to the judge, Mark Caldwell FWCF of Eurohoof from Cheshire, he had a very hard job deciding on the winners because the standard of farriery was so very high.

Final results were:

" The Eurohoof Overall Champion for the weekend was won by Jim Balfour from Dundee;
" The Stromsholm Junior Overall Champion went to Lee Christie from Fife;
" The Woodside Veterinary Group Open Therapeutic ILPH Shoe Making competition was won by Jim Balfour;
" The Schielhallion ILPH Apprentice Shoe Making competition was won by Alex Sharman from Dundee.
" Open Eagle Eye went to local farrier - Jason Sim from Stonehaven.
" Apprentice Eagle Eye went to Andrew Nicol from Fife.
" Playle Boys trophy was won by Andrew Nicol

Many thanks to the event's sponsors, Eurohoof and Stromsholm, who donated some very worthwhile trophies, and thanks must also go to Ken Playle who made a beautiful trophy for the Apprentices.



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