History of the World Championship Blacksmiths

 

The WCB was formed in the spring of 2006 as a membership based organization born from an idea that company CEO, Craig Trnka had been kicking around for years. It began with a small core of people who brainstormed and gathered information then pulled the trigger with the WCB officially launching on June 19th 2006. The WCB founders wanted to produce horseshoeing competitions at venues where there was horse owning public to show and educate that a well educated farrier is a powerful tool - the only equine professional who sees the horse on a six week rotation in a non crisis situation.

The first ever and original Super Clinic took place in a covered arena in Houston Texas in January of 2007. Over 200 farriers from across the country gathered to take part in this first ever of its kind event and to preview what the WCB was going to be about. The first competition of the first season took place in April of 2007 at Harrah's Louisiana Downs Racetrack and Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana. The idea of horseshoeing competitors being able to arrive at a destination with just their toolbox was a completely new concept. All of the equipment was there for them; the anvil, forge, vice and all the little pieces that competitors used to have to haul in the back of a pickup truck if they were going to go to any other horseshoeing competition. With the go round format the WCB instilled a much greater amount of education was taken away from each event. With go rounds competitors compete once, then can observe their peers and learn from them. There was a lot to learn and wrinkles to iron out but the WCB was on its way. The 2007 season included stops in Durango, Colorado in June, the Western Montana Fair in Dillon Montana in August, Equine Affaire in West Springfield, MA in November, Athens Georgia in January of 2008 and the season ended at the Florida State Fair in Tampa Florida at the end of January of 2008 where our first National Champion was crowned. Mr. Bill Poor of Midland Texas was the first WCB National Champion after an eventful first season.

The second season found the WCB at Equine Affaire in Columbus Ohio in April of 2008. Then it was on to a PRCA rodeo in Flagstaff Arizona in June followed by going back to the Western Montana Fair in Dillon, MT in September. That was followed by Equine Affaire in West Springfield, MA in November and our 2nd National Championship and Super Clinic was in Wilcox Arizona in January of 2009 where Mr. Travis Koons of Romoland California was crowned WCB National Champion.

The third season began at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, WI in April of 2009. That was followed by the Hammers and Hooves Horse Fair at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood New Mexico in June of 2009 then it was on to the Highnote Festival in Epping, NH in September. Once again we traveled to Equine Affaire in West Springfield, MA in November and our third season wrapped up at the Denver Stock Show in Denver CO where Mr. Travis Koons successfully defended his National Championship title.

Our fourth season saw the WCB at the Utah Horse Expo in South Jordan Utah in March of 2010. We returned to the Midwest Horse Fair in April. Then it was back to the Hammers and Hooves Horse Fair at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood, NM in June. We returned to the Highnote Music Festival in Epping, NH in September of 2010. The 2010 National Championship was held at the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport, LA October 22-24th. Mr. Gene Lieser of Elsa Texas was crowned WCB National Champion and Tim Hoover (Hooter) won the Stonewell Striker of the Year award. The Super Clinic was held February 25-27, 2011 at the first ever World Horseshoeing Classic in Lexington Kentucky.

Click here to view a list of the past WCB National Champions.