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Wednesday Odd-Spot: World Horseshoeing Competition
The World Horseshoeing Classic, which attracts teams from all over the world including Wales, Denmark, England and Canada, will be held from 19-22 February in Madison County, Kentucky, reports Kentucky.com. The event is hosted by the Kentucky Horseshoeing School, the only training centre of its kind in the Bluegrass State. There, students take courses including equine anatomy, in which cadaver horse legs are used to teach students about the hoof area before shoeing lessons begin. Students at the school "have to know what it (the leg) is doing, and how to deal with it," explained the school's owner Mitch Taylor. "You have to understand anatomy. You have to have some blacksmithing work to shoe your horse correctly." The 16 teams in the 3-day competition have to shoe three different breeds of horses: draft, hunter and roadster. The teams are evaluated on a system of 40 points per competitor, with 10 points each being given to trim, fit, shoe-making and overall job and finish. "Competitions are one of the ways farriers can not only improve their talents, but showcase them," said Taylor. The lucky winners will take home US$10,000 and a set of belt buckles symbolising the team's superiority in equine foot care.