Contest Results

Each year, Mike attends three to five farrier contests at the national or international level. He believes these events are important because they provide an opportunity to get regular feedback on his trimming, forging and shoeing skills from a group of other respected and successful farriers. This feedback helps Mike continually improve his skills and provide better service to the horses he works with at home.

Here are the results of the contests Mike has competed in recently:

World Horseshoeing Classic — Lexington, KY, March 2017

  • 10th place team finish

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Virginia State Fair,  October 2016

  • Match Play Tournament Champion
    • With a 7-minute eagle eye: plain stamped, heel caulks, toe clip
  • 11th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Las Vegas, NV, December 2015

  • 2nd Live Shoeing Day

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Virginia State Fair,  October 2015

  • 7th in Class 2 (Individual)
  • 10th Live Shoeing Day
  • 9th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Madison, WI,  April 2015

  • Match Play Tournament Champion
    • With a 10-minute roadster
  • 6th in Class 1 (Two Man)
  • 8th Live Shoeing Day
  • 9th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Overall Results for 2014

  • WCB Top Ten Finisher
    • 9th place overall for all competitors in 2014

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Kissimmee, FL,  December 2014

  • 5th on Live Shoeing Day
  • 6th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Edgewood, NM,  September 2014

  • Finalist in Mustad Matchplay Tournament
  • 16th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest – Eureka, NV,  June 2014

  • 9th Live Shoeing Day
  • 12th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Madison, WI,  April 2014

  • 5th on Live Shoeing Day
  • 12th Overall

World Horseshoeing Classic Team Contest — Lexington, KY, February 2014

  • 5th Team in Class 3
  • 10th Team Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Overall Results for 2013

  • Champion, 2013 Category 3
    • Highest points of all Category 3 competitors in 2013
  • WCB Top Ten Finisher
    • 8th place overall for all competitors in 2013

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Fort Worth, TX,  December 2013

  • 3rd in Category 3
  • 13th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Sheridan, WY,  September 2013

  • Best Shod Foot, Category 3
  • 3rd in Category 3
  • 12th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Eureka, NV,  June 2013

  • Best Shod Foot, Category 3
  • 2nd in Category 3
  • 5th in Class 1 (Gypsy Vanner, Tooled & Fullered Caulk & Wedge)
  • 9th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Madison, WI,  April 2013

  • 2nd in Category 3
  • 14th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Fort Worth, TX, December 2012

  • 7th in Category 3
  • 28th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Hebron, CT, September 2012

  • Best Shod Foot, Category 3
  • 2nd in Category 3
  • 10th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Edgewood, NM, June 2012

  • 7th in Category 3
  • 16th Overall

World Champion Blacksmiths Contest — Madison, WI, April 2012

  • Best Shod Foot, Category 3
  • 9th in Category 3
  • 26th Overall

Bash at the Beach — Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 2010

  • Division 3 Reserve Champion
  • 2nd Place in the 3/4 fullered, toe clip, rocker toe
  • 2nd Place in the Sidebone shoe
  • 3rd Place in the Double Caulkin hinds
  • 2nd Place in the Two Man Draft

Virginia Horseshoers Association Forging Contest, September 2009

  • Division 3 Reserve Champion
  • 2nd Place in the Journeyman Front pair
  • 2nd Place in the Barshoe with Matching Open Heeled Shoes
  • 1st Place in the Two Man Draft Pair of Fronts (with Rusty Wells)

North Carolina Horseshoeing and Forging Contest, November 2008

  • 2nd place in the Judge’s Choice (Lateral Support Shoe)
  • 3rd place in the Extended Heel Hind Shoe class
  • 5th place in the Pair of Eggbar Shoes class
  • Part of the 4th place team in the Open Division Four-Man Draft Horse Shoeing class

Virginia Horseshoers Association Forging Contest, August 2008

  • Open Division Reserve Champion
  • 1st place in the Journeyman Set of Shoes class
  • 1st place in the Pair of Straight Bar Shoes class
  • 3rd place in the Two-Man Striker clinic class

Maryland Farriers Association Forging Contest, May 2008

  • 1st place in the Heartbar/Deep-Seated Straight Bar Pair of Shoes class
  • 1st place in the Set of Concave Shoes class
  • 2nd place in the Two-Man Roadster class (w/Chris Rudisil)
  • 3rd place in the Journeyman Set of Shoes class

North Carolina Horseshoeing and Forging Contest, November 2007

  • Part of the 2nd place team in the Open Division Four-Man Draft Horse Shoeing class
  • Placed 4th out of a class of 16 in the Open Division Journeyman Shoe class

Virginia Horseshoeing Association’s Forging Contest, August 2007

  • Division II Champion
  • 1st place in the Three-Heat Shoe class
  • 1st place in the Journeyman Set of Shoes class
  • 1st place in the Bar Shoe class

North Carolina Horseshoeing and Forging Contest, November 2006

  • 1st place in the Division II Journeyman Shoe class
  • 1st place in the Judge’s Choice class
  • 3rd place in the Division II Eagle Eye class