The 20th annual Channons Horseshoeing Competition is taking place in Clonmel on the weekend of 15th/16th October in Channon’s Forge, Anglesea Street. The event is a showcase of the old traditional skills of hand-made horse shoeing. Hot shoeing is not something you see every day so this is a rare opportunity to see a farrier at work. Current World Champion Farrier Stephen Beane is judging the event and competition will be tough. Competitors are coming from all over Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
Joe and Mandy Channon are hoping that more than 40 blacksmiths will attend and show off their skills.
The late Ted Channon was a pioneer in the field of farrier competitions – “he was the first man in Ireland to set up and fund horseshoeing competitions. The tradition is being kept alive by our family in his honour and this is an event not to be missed” said Joe. There will be particularly stiff competition for the new Ted Channon Memorial Cup, which will be presented to the winner of the Clonmel Open.
The Channon family invites people to come down to the event, have a look and get involved. This is a non-commercial event funded by the Channons and local sponsorship, including from South Tipperary County Council’s Heritage Office and the Heritage Council.
For further information please contact Mandy or Joe Channon at the Forge on 052-6122500.