World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition

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2014 marks a dramatic change in the competitions prizelist and format. In order to facilitate time and space constraints and keep the contest on Stampede Park, there had to be some program contraction.

Gone are the Four Man Team Draft Horseshoeing, the Two Man Forging and Metal Art classes. This allows us to have three speed classes, additional opportunities for point accumulation; maintaining our live shoeing classes and keeping the focus on the horse’s foot. All forging specimens will be judged to a hoof model provided on game day. Strikers are optional in all forging classes with limited responsibilities. Strikers are allowed to run the fire, pass tools, use the sledgehammer, but not rasp or use a wire brush.

There is a major change to the way the specimens are judged this year. All shoes will be sight judged and placed in order from 1st to 60th. First place will be awarded 20 pts.; second place will be awarded 19 pts.; and so on until 20th place is awarded 1 pt. This will allow for a much quicker result appearance and more opportunities to accumulate points for more competitors. Upon reaching the TOP TEN, all accumulated points will be removed and the Semi-Finals start on an even playing field. Points will be awarded for the semi-final and final to continue the score to determine our World Champion. This new format has evolved from taking competitor input, working with program challenges, and is designed to have the fairest result emerge in the crowning of a true individual World Champion.

Entries are limited to sixty competitors and the deadline is May 1st, 2014. All past champions and WCBC sponsored entries have priority, with the remaining spots open to national champions, regional champions, or corporate sponsored entries.

The 35th edition of the World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition on Stampede Park will prove itself to be historic.

2014 WCBC Official Competitors List

Ian Gajczak
Matthew Randles
Andrew Casserley
Jack Casserley
Ben Casserley
Jason Gajczak
Henrik Berger
Steven Beane
Sarah  Brown
Nigel Fennell
Aaron Steeves
Stephen Fisher
Justin Fountain
Jon  Atkinson
Sam Head
Seth Whiteley
Andrew Reader-Smith
Chris Gregory
Cody Gregory
Travis  Swenson
Yoann Policard
Mathieu Delcroix
Darren  Bazin
Grant Moon
Travis  Koons
Paul Robinson
Nathan  Powell
David  Varini
Christian  Albergne
Arien  van Deelen
Mike  Klein Willink
Michael Saunders
Craig  Jones
Matt  Smailes
Brand Hinze
Daniel  Elliot
Chad  Chance
Benjamin Mangan
Aksel Vibe
Devin Crerar
Chris  Madrid
Andrew Wells
Iain Ritchie
David  Smith
Jim Quick
Daniel  Sahl
Tomi Raikkonen
Giuseppe Gandini
Julien Vanderschueren
Vincent Lamaille
Martin Abbink
Douwe Doktor
Mads Pieperbrink
Troy Ehrmantraut
Matt Findler
Jim Balfour
Lewis Balfour
Billy Crothers
Jack Ketel

Please remember to book your room at the Days Inn Calgary South before May 15 as that is when the room block goes back into inventory!

Please remember that there will be no transporation provided this year as the Days Inn is located very close to Stampede Park.

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 3–6, 2014
Entry Closing Date: May 1, 2013 5:00 PM
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre Outer East Side


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.

Please Note that payment will not be processed until all entries have been confirmed.

Be sure and get your entries in early


Tentative Schedule - Times to be confirmed
(Updated June 24, 2014)

Wednesday July 2, 2014
3pm - 4:30 pm - Competitor Registration (Days Inn Calgary South)
4:30pm - 5:30pm - Competitors Meeting (Days Inn Calgary South)
6pm - Evening Reception (Days Inn Calgary South)

Thursday July 3, 2014
Agrium Western Events Centre Outer East End, Stampede Park
11am - 3pm - Warm up/Judging Clinic 
3pm - 9pm - Class 10/20/30

Friday July 4, 2014
Agrium Western Events Centre Outer East End, Stampede Park
10am - 3pm - Class 40/50 Shoeing
3:30pm - 8:30pm - Class 60/70 Forging (Judges Choice)

Saturday July 5, 2014
Agrium Western Events Centre Outer East End, Stampede Park
10am - 3pm - Class 80/90 Light Draft Shoeing & Forging
3:30pm - 8:30pm - Class 100/110/120 Specialty Forging
Top Ten Selection

Sunday July 6, 2014
8am - 10am - Semi Finals (Norther Lights Arena, Stampede Park)
10:30am - 12:30pm - Finals (Northern Lights Arena, Stampede Park)
6:00pm - 12am - Awards Banquet (Stampede Park)







Entry Fees

$750.00 flat rate fee enters you automatically in all 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.



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

A total of $15,000 will be awarded to the top competitors.
The 2014 World Champion Blacksmith will receive a cheque for $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, 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.

Bob Pethick, USA
Gary Darlow, United Kingdom


The World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition is proud to announce the DAYS INN CALGARY SOUTH, 3828 Macleod Trail SE, 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 15, 2014. When booking , you will need to identify yourself as a competitor in the World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition. 
Phone: 403-243-5531
Block Name: WCBC
Group Code: CG7824
Guests can call the hotel quoting either the block name or group code to receive the preferred rate.

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.



The format of the competition will see competitors working through a series of forging classes and horseshoeing classes to qualify for the "Top Ten". Points will be zeroed after the selection of 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 scores after the Semi-Final event will advance to the Final event with the points awarded in the Semi-Finals.

The horses will be re-drawn and the top five competitors will shoe the hind feet. The total of the points accumulated in the Semi-Final and Final events will determine the World Champion Blacksmith.

A point system will be used in all classes and events. Championship points will be awarded on the basis of the class placing.


Points will be awarded in the Forging Classes and the Horseshoeing Classes as follows:

1st placing in any event       21 points
2nd placing in any event      19 points
3rd placing in any event       18 points
4th placing in any event       17 points
5th placing in any event       16 points
6th placing in any event       15 points
7th placing in any event       14 points
8th placing in any event       13 points
9th placing in any event       12 points
10th placing in any event     11 points
11th placing in any event     10 points
12th placing in any event     9 points
13th placing in any event     8 points
14th placing in any event     7 points
15th placing in any event     6 points
16th placing in any event     5 points
17th placing in any event     4 points
18th placing in any event     3 points
19th placing in any event     2 points
20th placing in any event     1 point

Points will be awarded in the Semi-Final and Final events as follows:

1st placing in either event    50 points
2nd placing in either event   41 points
3rd placing in either event    36 points
4th placing in either event    31 points
5th placing in either event    26 points

6th placing in either event    21 points
7th placing in either event    17 points
8th placing in either event    13 points
9th placing in either event    9 points
10th placing in either event  5 points 

For more information, please contact:
Amy Osborn, Agriculture Program Coordinator


Erik Swanby (Chair), Rob Hitchner (Vice Chair), Doug Neal (Vice Chair), Blaine Virostek (Past Chair), Roc Spence (Director Liaison), Janette Macmillan (Agriculture Manager), Amy Osborn (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