The Hot Horseshoeing event held in Channon’s Forge in Clonmel over the weekend was a huge success. Farriers from around Ireland and the UK battled it out in the hot fires of the forge in the 20th Clonmel Horseshoeing Competition. The judge was the international World Champion Farrier Stephen Beane from Yorkshire.
Mandy Channon said that the late Ted Channon would have been very proud of the event, which is the most popular horseshoeing event with the farriers.
The sun shone down on the Family Day on Sunday, when the competition was watched by many people from around Tipperary and as far afield as Holland and America. There was a great atmosphere and it was a very enjoyable day. It is not often that you get to see the traditional craft of the farrier at work.
There were also activities for children such as the Bee 4 Biodiversity Team, as Georgina and Susan togged out in their ladybird outfits making horse, owl and spider creations. Face painting and traditional music all contributed to an enjoyable afternoon.
Presentations for the Clonmel Horseshoeing Competition were awarded in Raheen House at a black tie event on Sunday night. This is the biggest and longest running hot horseshoeing competition in Ireland.
Mandy and Joe Channon are already planning for next year’s event. They would thank everyone who took part, came to watch and supported the event including the South Tipperary Heritage Office, The Heritage Council and Clonmel Borough Council.