Wednesday, July 4
Registration, practice time, judge’s clinics & contestant meeting will be followed by a Hospitality Night. A great way to kick things off!
Thursday, July 5
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 the 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.
Arab Toe Weight shoe to be forged from 305mm of 10mm x 20mm flat barstock provided. Shoe to be beveled on ground surface from heel nail to heel nail; plain stamped for Mustad concave 5 nail.
Class 40/50: 50 minutes
Both the German Army Shoe and the Front Work Horse Shoe must be complete to qualify for judging. Each shoe will be judged individually and must be completed to specifications.
German Army Shoe
Shoe to be forged from 13mm x 33mm flat barstock provided. Clip to be forged from masselotte. Shoe to be fullered and punched for 16 nail holes. Mustad E7 provided. Shoe designed to be symmetrical.
Barstock: *Please note the correction in bold!
370mm of 13mm x 33mm flat. Use ALL of stock provided.
Front Work Horse Shoe
Shoe to be plain stamped for Mustad E7. Toe bar to be forge welded, toe clip hammer drawn, heel caulks turned and forged.
13mm x 25mm flat 450mm of 15mm square for toe bar.
Friday, July 8
Forging and Team Events
Class 60 continues to see time on the clock reduced and this time competitors have only 60 minutes to build a pair of tongs and a shoe. Our Eagle Eye class, Class 70 requires competitors to forge a heartbar 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 – Jay Sharp Memorial: 60 minutes
Contestants to forge a pair of tongs and build shoe with them. Both items must be complete to be judged. Tongs to be built using blanks provided. Competitors to provide their own rivet.
Salmon Sideweight Shoe
To be forged from 230mm of 6mm x 33mm flat barstock provided. Outside branch to be fullered, inside branch plain stamped for Mustad city head nail, 120mm wide.
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. Competitor to provide their own rivet. Salmon sideweight to be forged from 230mm x 6mm x 33mm flat.
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
This class is sponsored by Anderson Ranch and combines big fires, big horses and national pride in an exciting format that showcases all of our tradition in a fast and furious display of blacksmithing. The teamwork needed to win this class is representative of the reality of the trade. Time immemorial fathers and sons, masters and apprentices, have passed these time-honored techniques into real life practice, advancing the profession one hammer blow at a time. When you add time limits, big prizing and personal pride into the equation, the pressure and performance result in the culmination of excellence that has been the global standard set by the Calgary Stampede World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition.
¾ Fullered flat shoes toe clips front and hind to be hammer drawn. Shoes to have definite inside and outside branches.
13mm x 32mm flat
Size of choice.
Saturday, July 7
Fast and Fantastic
The Two Man is a shoeing class 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 of the metal artists.
Class 80 – The Cyril Standen Signature Class (Two Man Team Shoeing): 60 minutes
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.
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 8
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.
* 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