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Podiatry for Horses NMIT hosts competition for Australias top farriers

25 Mar 2013

Those of us who like a punt know a horse's hooves are its fortune. But looking after the feet of an elite racehorse like Melbourne Cup winner, Shocking is no easy task. Later this month, the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) will showcase the impressive skills of Australia's farriers at a three-day industry workshop.

Farriery workshop at Epping CampusThe Mustad Asian Pacific Farrier Conference will include live demonstrations and seminars by the best in the business, including US farrier Chris Gregory, plus a two-day competition to find Australia's top apprentice.

NMIT is Victoria's leading provider of equine training, and graduates go on to work with top horse trainers like Lee Freedman, Bart Cummings and this year's Cup winner Mark Kavanagh.

NMIT Equine Lecturer Colin Smith says NMIT graduates are highly prized for their motivation and work ethic. “You're working on animals that are worth millions of dollars,” he says. “This is podiatry for horses. Our graduates are working at stables all over the world including the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.”

Farriers are invaluable for the knowledge and skills they possess and their ability to detect problems with a horse's foot, which they can alleviate with the correct shoeing.

About 30 Victorian students past and present will compete in the two-day event, which culminates in a competition to fit an aluminium front shoe and hind shoe to a horse. The conference programme also includes a seminar by Dr Helen Davies, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Melbourne and lectures on advanced farriery by renowned US farrier Chris Gregory FWCF.

To graduate in NMIT's Certificate III in Farriery (Trade) Apprenticeship, students must complete 956 hours of off and on the job training over a four year period, combined with a workplace assessment.

What: The Mustad Asian Pacific Farrier Conference
Where: NMIT Epping Campus, Cnr Cooper St and Dalton Road, Farriery Workshop next to Building K (Parking at rear of workshop. Drive through the campus to get there).
When: November 18-20


Interview / Photo Opportunity

Competition Final Day 2, Thursday November 19, 11am-12 midday.

Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or

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