World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition 2010

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Last Updated March 16, 2010

Every year, the world’s top craftsmen in this time-honoured profession give their all in front of thousands of spectators in what has become known as the “Olympics of Blacksmithing”, both educating and entertaining the public with their skills and abilities.

In what is considered one of the most prestigious events of its kind, the Calgary Stampede will host a series of forging, horseshoeing and team events, which will see competitors earn points in an attempt to earn a spot as one of the Top Ten finalists.
There’ll be six tonnes of coke (fuel made from coal), 1,300 linear feet of steel bar stock and $35,000 in prize money, but only one 2010 World Champion Blacksmith as those 10 finalists square off on Sunday, July 11, 2010 under the Big Top.


Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 7–11, 2010
Entry Closing Date: May 14, 2010 5:00 PM

Please note that the 2010 World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition begins two days prior to the official opening day of the Stampede.

The World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition will be limited to 60 contestants.  Entry priority will be given to National, Regional and Corporate Teams.

Be sure and get your entries in early.


Wednesday, July 7

Contestant Preparation
Registration, practice time, judge’s clinics & contestant meeting will be followed by a Hospitality Night.  A great way to kick things off!

Thursday, July 8

A full day of Forging
Class 20/30, a 60 minute forging/shoeing class gets events rolling.  Each contestant shoes a foot and makes a specimen shoe.  Class 40/50 provides another opportunity to test your skills in a 50 minute forging class later that same day.

Class 20/30: 60 minutes
Competitors to shoe one foot with appropriate concave barstock.  Shoe to have a hammer drawn toe clip.  Specimen shoe must also be forged during time limit to be identified at competitors meeting.  Both the shod foot and specimen must be complete to be judged.

Class 40/50: 50 minutes
Click here for Class 40/50 Shoe Pictures
Both the aluminum bar shoe and the Morgan hind must be complete to qualify for judging.  Each shoe will be judged individually and must be completed to specifications.

Aluminum Bar shoe
¾ fullered straight bar to be forge welded.  Toe insert to be made from stock provided. 140mm wide.  Hammer finish only. Six nails punched for MX60.   

330mm of 10mm x 25mm aluminum flat and 305mm of 7mm round for toe insert.

Morgan Hind
Toe of shoe to be forged for break over.  Plain stamped for six nail holes to fit a city head 6. Heel caulks to be forged.  Quarter clips to be drawn.  Hammer finish only.  115mm wide.

265mm of 10mm x 25mm flat.

Friday, July 9

Forging and Team Events
Class 60 continues to see time on the clock reduced and this time competitors have only 40 minutes to build a pair of tongs.  Our Eagle Eye class, Class 70 requires competitors to forge a heart bar shoe to a foot model provided in 25 minutes.  Contestants return in the afternoon to compete in the Four Man Team Draft Horseshoeing…always a crowd favorite.

Class 60 – Tong class: 40 minutes
Contestants to forge a pair of V-jaw tongs to fit a piece of 5/8” square stock from the blanks and rivet provided.  Finished tongs will be judged on fit, forging and finish.

Blanks to be forged from ¾” round with 4” of length before the transition to the reins.  Blanks may be cut shorter prior to class start.

Class 70 – Eagle Eye: 25 minutes
Contestants to forge a ¾ fullered heartbar to fit foot model provided.  Appropriate barstock selection provided suitable number of holes to be punched for MX60.

Class 110 – Four Man Team Draft Horseshoeing: 120 minutes
Click here for Class 110 Shoe Picture
This has always been one of our premier events and looking towards the future, we have decided to up the ante.  A very generous local Calgary oilman has donated a large sum to enable us to make winning the four man well worth the tremendous effort. 

13mm x 32mm flat

¾ Fullered flat shoes toe clips front and hind to be hammer drawn.  Shoes to have definite inside and outside branches.

Size of choice.

Saturday, July 10

Fast and Fantastic
The Two Man is a shoeing class this year with teams shoeing a front and a hind foot of a light draft horse within the 60 minute time limit. This is the last chance at points to qualify for the Top Ten.  The “potluck” Artistic Forging follows directly after and is bound to generate some interest on the part of both spectator and fellow competitors!  Saturday night is a great night to socialize and soak up the talent at the Metal Art Auction.

Class 80 – The Cyril Standen Signature Class (Two Man Team Shoeing): 60 minutes
Click here for Class 80 Shoe Pictures
Two person teams will shoe a front and a hind foot of a light draft horse using appropriate flat barstock provided.  Shoes to be ¾ fullered with toe clip drawn from masselotes.  Both feet must be finished in order to qualify for final judging.

*NEW THIS YEAR: Our two man class is named after the founder of one of our long time sponsor.  Standen's was established in the early 1920's by a young entrepreneur, Cyril Standen, who began the firm by forging hot steel into his very first product, a cowboy boot insert.  Standen’s has since grown into a North American leader in its field.  A strong commitment to its workers has allowed them to remain competitive even in tough times.  Their belief in team work and support of our industry makes them a natural fit to promote our two man class and allows us to add many thousands of dollars in prize monies.

Sunday, July 11

The Grande Finale
The pressure is on as the Top Ten Finalists battle it out to make the Top Five and a chance at the World Championship.  The World Champion, along with the top competitors, will walk the stage in front of 17,000 people in the Grandstand.  A Banquet and Awards Ceremony will follow in the evening.

*NEW THIS YEAR:  The WCBC will limit entries to 60 competitors.  Entry selection will give priority to national teams, regional teams, and corporate entries.  Any questions call:  Janette Bamford 403.261.9174




Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 7
8:00 am – 10:00 am Competitor Registration (CHI)
9:00 am – 9:30 am Tool Pick-up (CHI)
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Clinic & Practice Time (BT)
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Competitor Meeting (CHI)
7:30 pm   Opening Reception (CHI)

Thursday, July 8
10:30 am- 4:35 pm Class 20/30 (BT)
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Class 40/50 (BT)

Friday, July 9
10:00 am – 1:30 pm  Class 60 (BT)
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Class 70 (BT)
5:00 pm – 9:15 pm Class 110 (BT)

Saturday, July 10
9:30 am – 12:30 pm  Class 80 (BT)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Class 101 (BT)
3:00 pm   Top 10 Announcements (BT)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Metal Art Showcase (PR)
7:00 pm   Metal Art Auction (PR)

Sunday, July 11
9:00 am – 11:00 am Semi Finals (BT)
11:30 am – 1:00 pm  Finals (BT)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Awards Presentation (BT)
5:00 pm   Awards Banquet (PR)
8:45 pm Champion Presentation on the Grandstand Stage

CHI –  Carriage House Inn
BT – Big Top, Stampede Park
PR –  Palomino Room, BMO Centre, Stampede Park

Entry Fees

$500.00 flat rate fee enters you automatically in all classes (including the artistic classes) and includes one (1) exhibitor pass and one (1) banquet ticket. Additional banquet tickets may be purchased at $30 each and additional exhibitor passes may be purchased at $25 each. Please indicate your requirements on your entry form. 

The Calgary Stampede reserves the right to limit the amount of additional exhibitor badges and banquet tickets sold.

Artistic Forging Classes (Class 101, 102 and 103) are the ONLY classes that may be entered individually. The cost to enter these classes individually is $100 per team for Class 101, $100 for Class 102 and $25 for Class 103.

Click here for more information on the Metal Art Showcase.

Class 110, the Four-Man Team Draft Horseshoeing, is now a point class which counts toward the World Championship standings and is no longer available to enter individually.


Over $35,000 in prize money and awards will be offered.  A total of $15,000 will be awarded to the top competitors.
The 2010 World Champion Blacksmith will receive a cheque for $10,000
The Forging Champion will receive a cheque for $1000.
The Shoeing Champion will receive a cheque for $1000.
The highest scoring First Time Competitor will receive a cheque for $1000.

Each of the forging classes, 20 through 90, has a guaranteed purse of $650.
The Four-Man Team Draft Horseshoeing Competition (Class 110) has a guaranteed purse of $2000.

All prize money will be in Canadian Dollars and non-residents of Canada will be subject to a 15% withholding tax.



For complete contest rules and regulations, click here.  It is important to familiarize yourself with all the rules, as any deviation from the rules could result in disqualification.



Health Regulations


The WCBC is excited to welcome two accomplished and renowned blacksmiths to judge this year's competition.

Andrew Reader-Smith, New Zealand 
Craig Trnka, USA

Judging Criteria

Click here for the 2010 Prizelist.


The World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition is proud to announce the CARRIAGE HOUSE INN, 9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, Alberta as their Host Hotel.

Don't forget to book accommodations for your stay in Calgary as soon as you submit your entry. Booking with the WCBC rate deadline May 7, 2010. When booking , you will need to identify yourself as a competitor in the World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition. The toll free number is 1-800-661-9566 or via e-mail

One (1) exhibitor badge is included in the cost of the entry fee. Additional badges can be ordered at a cost of $25 each by indicating on the entry form how many are required. The exhibitor badge must be presented at the gates in order to gain access to Stampede Park and also to gain access to areas limited to exhibitor's, such as the competition arena.


World Championship Point Standings
The format of the competition will see competitors working through a series of forging classes to qualify for the Top Ten. The Top Ten competitors will shoe the front feet of a horse and a score will be given. The competitors with the Top Five accumulated scores after the Semi-Final event will advance to the Final event. The horses will be re-drawn and the top five competitors will shoe the hind feet. The total of the points accumulated in the forging classes (including the Four Man Draft Horseshoeing) and in the Semi-Final and Final events will determine the World Champion Blacksmith.

A point system will be used in all classes and events. Each of the two judges will mark the shoes individually and the two scores will be added together to determine the top six placing in each class. Three judges will be used for the Artistic Forging Class. Championship points will be awarded on the basis of the class placing. All shoes that meet prize list specifications will be judged.

Championship Points
Points will be awarded toward the World Championship for Classes 20/30 through 90 AND Class 110 as follows:

    1st placing in any event.......11 pts.
    2nd placing in any event......9 pts.
    3rd placing in any event.......8 pts.
    4th placing in any event.......7 pts.
    5th placing in any event.......6 pts.
    6th placing in any event.......5 pts.
    7th placing in any event.......4 pts.
    8th placing in any event.......3 pts.
    9th placing in any event.......2 pts.
    10th placing in any event......1 pt.

Points will be awarded toward the World Championship for the Semi-Final and Final events as follows:

    1st placing in either event........50 pts
    2nd placing in either event.......41 pts.
    3rd placing in either event.......36 pts.
    5th placing in either event.......26 pts.
    6th placing in either event.......21 pts.
    7th placing in either event.......17 pts.
    8th placing in either event.......13 pts.
    9th placing in either event.........9 pts.
    10th placing in either event.......5 pts.


For more information, please contact: Janette Bamford Agriculture Program Coordinator 403.261.9174


Blaine Virostek (Chairman), Rob Hitchner (Vice Chair), Erik Swanby (Vice Chair), Byron Hussey (Director Responsible), Allison Wright (Agriculture Manager), Janette Bamford (Agriculture Program Coordinator), Brooke Baillie, Adrienne Bellehumeur, Heather Hartmann, Michele Hollins, David Holub, Marshall Iles, Victoria Knapp, Dave Maller, Heather Mills, Julie Mirdoch, Dave Pokrandt, Jonathan Poulsen, Tracy Quinton, Mark Williams, Rob Thomas