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Colin Smith – Man of Steel

22 Sep 2014

NMIT Teacher of Farriery, Colin Smith, has been invited to Malaysia to be the Chief Judge of the prestigious International Farriers’ Competition, which runs 25-28 September 2014 in Kuala Lumpur.

Colin’s inclusion as a judge in the competition, which will be hosted by the Selangor Turf Club as part of the 2014 International Horse Show, is recognition of the esteem in which he is held worldwide.

Colin is the only full-time Teacher of Farriery in Australia and is one of just thirty people in Australia to hold a Diploma in Farriery (Dip WCF). He also holds a post graduate Associate Diploma of Farriery (AWCF) and only 189 people worldwide have attained that same qualification.

Donald Warren, Development Manager, NMIT Department of Earth Sciences, said, “This is a great accolade for Colin and illustrates how well known he is in the international horse industry.”

“We’ve been fortunate to conduct international-level training at NMIT as a result of Colin’s connections with the UK and that can only mean great things for the Institute and the Australian industry as a whole.”

“Here at NMIT, we have always had strong ties with the Malaysian Equine Council and they look to us to train their farriers,” Colin said. “We also have trained people from the Singapore Turf Club and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.”

 “The International Farriers’ Competition events are not only about how quickly competitors can complete tasks but the quality that they achieve in the time frame,” said Colin. “In shoe making, for example, participants will be called upon to design various types of horse shoes and will receive a score out of 100 based on the size, dimensions and quality of their work.”

Colin believes that NMIT’s campus and infrastructure greatly exceed many of those that have been established in the US – making us world class in this field.

“The examiners from the UK’s Worshipful Company of Farriers were in Melbourne recently and I facilitated their exams (Dip WCF), which were held at NMIT. I keep in fairly close contact with them, which will lead to bigger and better things for NMIT and the Australian horse industry generally.”

NMIT currently teaches around thirty-seven apprentices from various sectors of the horse industry including racing, show jumping, polo cross, harness racing, Clydesdales, shows and carriage horses.

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