Specialists in horse hoof care compete at Wicklow show.
More than thirty farriers competed at the Bord na gCapall shoemaking and shoeing competitions at the first Roundwood and District Horse Show held in County Wicklow.
This is the first time that farriery competitions have been staged outside of the Dublin Horse Show since their revival in 1973, and visitors to the forge had the pleasure of watching horses being shod and horseshoes being made,
The craftmanship that was once to be seen in every village in the country.
Liam McAteer of Simonstown, Navan was presented with the Bord na gCapall Perpetual Trophy for the open shoemaking section by Chief Executive of the Board PV McGill. The open shoeing class was won by Pat Hennessy from Portlaoise.
Following the prize giving ceremony a unique collection of horseshoes was presented to Bord na gCapall by Betsy Long of Ringsend in Dublin. These were made by her late husband John Long who won the Champion Farrier competition in the Dublin Horse Show of 1922 and 1923.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 June 1977. The reporter is George Devlin.