World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition

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Last Updated June 26, 2013

2013 Entry forms are now available


2013 marks a dramatic change in the competition's prize list and format.  In order to facilitate Stampede Park expansion project, our first day of competition will be held at Heritage Park.  The judges clinic will focus on the effective use of therapeutic barshoes and will be followed by a double elimination class.  This class will select 15 competitors who will compete in the Heartbar Eagle Eye class on Sunday morning for the last shot at points to make the TOP TEN.

The Two Man class now requires one competitor to shoe one foot and build a specimen, with a striker, in sixty minutes.  There are NO points awarded to the strikers.  Points for placing for both the shod foot and the specimen will be awarded individually.

The Four Man Team Draft Horse class is no longer a point class; however, first place now pays $10,000 to the winning team.  It is Not mandatory as a paid competitor to compete in this class; however, if you do, then your team MUST be identified at the time of entry (Deadline: May 1, 2013).

After the selection of the TOP TEN on Sunday morning, the competitors face a new challenge in that ll accumulated points will be removed and they will start the semi-final and final with zero points going forward.  These changes are designed to create a new dynamic format to produce the best of the best in the most challenging championship.

2013 WCBC Official Competitors List

Maarten Abbink
Christian Albergne
Thomas Barnett
Steven Beane
Henrik Berger
Randy Brassard
Joesph Bryan
Jim Bryant
Andrew Casserly
Jack Casserly
Chad Chance
Daniel Corkery
Devin Crerar
Mathieu Delcroix
Douue Dokten
David Duckett
Jake Elliott
Yesper Eriksson
Daniel Evensen
Nigel Fennel
Stevie Fisher
Gavin Golby
Chris Gregory
Cody Gregory
Joey Hite
Magnus Jannsin
Rodney King
Travis Koons
Michael Kukkonen
Vincent Lamaille
Billy Lewis
Chris Madrid
Ben Mangan
Bob Marshall
Sarah Mary Brown
Michael Miller
Robbie Miller
Grant Moon
Jonathan Nunn
Grant Nyhan
Ed O'Shaughnessy
William O'Shaughnessy
Martin Payne
Maos Piepenbrink
Yoann Policard
Jim Quick
Matthew Randles
Iain Ritchie
Rune Roeyras
Pat Schimanski
David Smith
Aaron Steeves
Jay Tovey
Bodie Trnka
Craig Trnka
Arien vanDeelen
David Varini
Aksel Vibe
Marcell Willems
Tom Williams
David Wilson
Josh Wilson


Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 3–7, 2013
Entry Closing Date: May 1, 2013 5:00 PM

Please note that the 2013 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 contestantsAll past champions and sponsored entries from WCBC sponsors have priority, with the remaining spots open to national champions, regional champions or corporate sponsored entries.  Entries will be confirmed after the entry deadline.

The potential exists for entry into the Four Man Team Draft Horse class outside of the competitor pool and space will be dictated after entry deadline is closed.  Final determination of entries will be made by the Calgary Stampede and/or the WCBC committee.

Be sure and get your entries in early

* Metal Art competition informaiton can be found in the prize list at the top of this page.

* Check out, one of this years competition sponsors to get a head start on building the 2013 Shoe list, 3 time World Champion, Darren Bazin demonstrates how to build the 4 shoes featured this year as part of "Education through competition series"

Click here for direct access to the videos.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

3pm – 4:30pm: Competitor registration (Carriage House Inn)
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Competitors meeting (Carriage House Inn)


Thursday, July 4, 2013

10am – 12pm: Judges Clinic (Heritage Park)
1pm – 5pm: Heritage Park Classic (eliminator challenge) (Heritage Park)


Friday, July 5, 2013

9am – 2:30pm: Class 20/30 – Forging (Heritage Park)
3pm – 8pm: Class 40/50 – Shoeing (Heritage Park)


Saturday, July 6, 2013

8:30am – 1pm: Class 60/70 - Two Man (Heritage Park)
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Class 80 – Eagle Eye (Heritage Park)
3:30pm – 7:30pm: Four Man Draft (Heritage Park)


Sunday, July 7, 2013

9am – 11pm: Semi Finals (Stampede Park)
11:30am – 1:30pm: Finals (Stampede Park)
2pm – 4pm: Potluck (Stampede Park)
6pm: Awards Banquet (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 $30 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.

Class 110, the Four-Man Team Draft Horseshoeing, is NO LONGER a point Class. 


Over $50,000 in prize money and awards will be offered.

A total of $15,000 will be awarded to the top competitors.
The 2013 World Champion Blacksmith will receive a cheque for $10,000.
Four Man Team Champions will share $10,000.
The Forging Champion will receive a cheque for $1,000.
The Shoeing Champion will receive a cheque for $1,000.
The highest scoring First Time Competitor will receive a cheque for $1,000.

Each of the forging classes, 20 through 90, has a guaranteed purse of $650.

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



For complete WCBC 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.

James Blurton, Wales
Nathan Powell, Canada


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 3, 2013. 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 $30 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 (NOT 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 Macmillan, Agriculture Program Coordinator


Erik Swanby (Chair), Rob Hitchner (Vice Chair), Doug Neal (Vice Chair), Blaine Virostek (Past Chair), Roc Spence (Director Liaison), Leah Jones (Agriculture Manager), Janette Macmillan (Agriculture Program Coordinator), Greg Art, Peter Bagg, Brooke Ballie, Colain Duret, Alex Hamilton, Heather Hartmann, Michele Hollins, Marshall Iles, Shelby Lewis, Dave Maller, Julie Mirdoch, Kristi Nutter, Dave Pokrandt, Tracy Quinton, Riley Swanby, Rob Thomas, Tim Welter, Bruce Williams, Mark Williams