Our Mission

The European Federation of Farriers Associations develops a common basic standard of competence in farriery.
The Mission of the European Federation of Farriers Associations is to improve the welfare of the horse by encouraging the highest standards of trimming and shoeing.

Our Objectives

To provide a forum for the spread of knowledge and best practice amongst farriers throughout Europe.

To arrange educational events and farriery competitions in order to raise standards of farriery throughout Europe.

To develop a common basic standard of competence in farriery.

To encourage all European countries, whether members of the European Union or not, to adopt this common basic standard as a minimum and to accredit national qualifications against this common basic standard.

To prevent and avoid suffering by and cruelty to horses arising from the trimming and shoeing of horses by unskilled persons.

To develop and publicise a register of Certified Eurofarriers.

To encourage all working farriers to undertake a programme of continuing professional development/lifelong learning.

To encourage close working between farriers and veterinary surgeons on the therapeutic treatment of horse's hooves.

To assist member nations in developing common standards of regulatory legislation relating to the trimming and shoeing of horses.

To encourage safe and healthy working practices.

To encourage the education of the horse owning public in relation to the art and science of farriery.

To provide representation on behalf of the members on matters concerning the farriery industry in Europe.

Our History

The European Federation of Farriers Associations (EFFA) was founded on 14 December 1997 at the Veterinary School at Maisons Alfort in Paris. This followed preparatory meetings at Stoneleigh (UK) in 1995, Utrecht (Netherlands) and Verona (Italy) in 1996.

Membership

The original member nations were: Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
Over the next few years, Belgium and Italy left EFFA, while Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland and Norway joined. This led to the 15 member nations that are listed elsewhere on this site.
Malta and Algeria are represented by individuals.

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Key Achievements

EFFA has brought together farriery associations in 15 European nations so that they can discuss problems and find solutions together.. 

EFFA has developed standards for farriery training and examinations, which all members can use as a basis for their national training and examination schemes, knowing that they will be recognised in other member nations.. 

EFFA has developed training manuals and an on-line training tool (eHoof) to give support to training farriers and apprentices..

EFFA recognises national training and examination schemes that meet its standards with the award of Certified Eurofarrier (CEF) for individual farriers who have completed accredited training..

Once every two years, EFFA arranges a Eurochampionships in shoemaking and shoeing to allow farriers from different countries to compete against each other.. 

In alternate years, EFFA arranges an educational event for the benefit of farriers still under training.. 

EFFA speaks on behalf of farriers to the European Commission and the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations..

Member Associations


Österreichischer Hufschmiede Verband

Bahnweg 1
4651 Stadl-Paura

info@hufschmiedeverband.at
www.hufschmiedeverband.at

President

Wilfried Wallner

General Secretary

Manuela Wallner

Technical adviser

Peter Gerstner
Tel.: +43 664 2606101

Members

number of registrated members: 67 active farriers, 16 accessory members.
Member List



Živnostenské společenství podkovářů Farriers Trade Guild

Lelekovice 320
CZ-664 31 Brno
Tel.: +420 604 799 797
Fax: +420 541 232 336

ina.vin@volny.cz
www.podkovarstvi.cz

President

Jindrich Vincàlek
Tel.: +420 604 799 797
ina.vin@volny.cz



Spolenčenstvo uměleckých kovářů, zámečníků a kovářů a podkovářů Čech, Moravy a Slezska

Bednarova 20
61900 Brno
Czech Republic

spolecenstvo.podkovaru@gmail.com
http://www.podkovari.cz

Farrier Section Secretary

Pavel Komárek

Farrier Section President

Karel Kysilka
 podkovar.kysilka@volny.cz

Chairman

Stanislav Sedlák



Danish Master Farriers

Danish Master Farriers

Arbejdsgiverne

Magnoliavej 2

DK-5250 Odense SV

info@arbejdsgiverne.dk
www.arbejdsgiverne.dk

President:

Jakob Algot

Jakob@algot-beslagsmed.dk


Members

    99



Finnish Farriers Association, Suomen Kengityssepät ry

Vermon Ravirata Oy
c/o Sirpa Tienhaara
Ravitie 1
00370 Helsinki
Finland

posti@suomenkengityssepat.fi
www.suomenkengityssepat.fi

President

Ilkka Kero
ilkka.kero@pp1.inet.fi

Vice-President

Rauno Puronen


Members

170 of which 140 are farriers and others are supporting members.



Erster Deutscher Hufbeschlagschmiede Verband e.V.

EDHV/
co Martin Hauser
Mulde 4
75239 Eisingen

info@edhv.de
www.edhv.de

President

Martin Hauser
info@edhv.de

Chairman

M Rahmann

Members

Farriers: 414
Other members: 30



Bundesverband Metall – Vereinigung Deutscher Metallhandwerke

Huttropstraße 58
D-45138 Essen
Tel.: +49-201-89619-0
Fax: +49-201-89619-20

info(at)metallhandwerk.de
www.metallhandwerk.de

President

Peter Mader
Tel.: +49-7432-3051
pmader(at)mader.org

General Secretary

Thomas Fleischmann
Tel.: +49-201-89619-0
thomas.fleischmann(at)metallhandwerk.de

Technical adviser

Alfred Sieberg
Tel.: +49-201-896191-9
alfred.sieberg(at)metallhandwerk.de



Iceland Farriers Association

Torsi Sigurdosson

sts@nett.is




Irish Masters Farriers Association (I.M.F.A)

John O Connell
Barnlough
Bansha
Co Tipperary
Tel.: +35 306 254 108
Fax: +44 028 250 020


www.irishfarriers.com

John Brennan
jbequinefarriery@eircom.com

Members

119

Number of farriers

400



Nederlandse Vereniging van Hoefsmeden

Kanaalweg 5
8167 LL Oene 
Holland 

Bureau@hoefsmedenvereniging.nl
www.hoefsmedenvereniging.nl

Chairman

O. Smink

Members

235




Norges Hovslagerforening

Norges Hovslagerforening
v/ Rune Røyrås
Stallemo
4715 Øvrebø

Post@hovslagerforeningen.no
www.hovslagerforeningen.no

Members
Member List



a.palichleb@gmail.com


Chairman

Janusz Okonski

Secretary

Alina Palichleb



Associació de Ferradors de Catalunya

C/ Major s/n,

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat,

Barcelona 08000 ES


www.ferradorscat.com

President

Frederic Reig Hargreaves
Tel.: +34 696 409 034
picapuntes@hotmail.com

General Secretary

Roger Soler-Pont DipWCF
Tel.: +34 653 856 013
roger.soler-pont@hotmail.com

Technical adviser

Ricard Roselló Perelló
Tel.: +34 629 902 412
ricardrosello@hotmail.com

Members

62



SHF, Svenska Hovslagareföreningen

SHF, Svenska Hovslagareföreningen


Kansliet

Alsjö Krokväg 24
443 72 Gråbo

Sweden

Phone  +46 722 088 008

kansliet@hovslagareforeningen.se
www.hovslagareforeninge.se

President

Mats Holmstedt

Phone  +46 708 420 917

mats.holmstedt@hovslagareforeningen.se


Members

480



British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association

The Forge,
Avenue B, 10th Street,
Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth,
Warwickshire, England CV8 2LG
Tel.: 02476 696595
Fax: 02476 696708

nafbaehq@nafbae.org
www.bfba.co.uk

President

Gary Burton



The Worshipful Company of Farriers

19, Queen Street
Chipperfield
Kings Langley
Herts
WD4 9BT
Tel: 01923 260747
Fax: 01923 261677

heclerk@wcf.org.uk
www.wcf.org.uk

The Registrar to The Worshipful Company of Farriers

Sheridan House
Keinton Mandeville
Somerton
Somerset
TA11 6DX
Tel.: 01458 223311


Farrier Schools

National farriery schools

Hufbeschlagschule
Bahnweg 1
A-4651 Stadl-Paura
Tel.+Fax: +43 7245 28907

office@hufbeschlagschule.at
www.hufbeschlagschule.at

Metalindustriens uddannelsesudvalg

Metalindustriens uddannelsesudvalg
Vesterbrogade 6 D, 4. sal,
1780 København V

Phone: +45 3377 9111
Fax: +45 3377 9112

mi@industriensuddannelser.dk
www.industriensuddannelser.dk

Hansenberg

Hansenberg
Skovvangen 28
6000 Kolding

Phone: +45 79320100

hansenberg@hansenberg.dk
www.hansenberg.dk

Equine College Ypj

Equine College Ypj
Varsanojantie 63
32100 Ypj
Finland

Phone: +358 2 76021
Fax: +358 2 7602 200

mauri.anttonen@hevosopisto.fi
www.hevosopisto.fi

Haupt- und Landgestüt Schwaiganger

Haupt- und Landgestüt Schwaiganger 
82441 Schwaiganger

Telefon: 08841/6136-30
Telefax: 08841/6136-66

poststelle@hlg.bayern.de
www.schwaiganger.bayern.de

Klinik für Pferde

Klinik für Pferde 
Oertzenweg 19 b 
14163 Berlin – Zehlendorf 
 
Telefon: 030/838-62299
Telefax: 030/838-62529

pferdeklinik@vetmed.fu-berlin
www.vetmed.fu-berlin.de

Staatl. Hufbeschlagschmiede der Veterinärmedizin Gießen

Staatl. Hufbeschlagschmiede der Veterinärmedizin Gießen
Frankfurterstr.- Am Steg 120 
35392 Gießen 
 
Telefon: 0641/9938-590
Telefax: 0641/9938-579

pfc@vetmed.uni-giessen.de
www.vetmed.uni-giessen.de

Staatl. Hufbeschlaglehrschmiede der Tierärztlichen Hochschule TiHo Hannover

Staatl. Hufbeschlaglehrschmiede der Tierärztlichen Hochschule TiHo Hannover 
Bischofshofer Damm 15 
30173 Hannover 
 
Telefon: 0511/856-7476
Telefax: 0511/856-7233


www.tiho-hannover.de

Staatl. anerkannte Lehrschmiede Ernst Niemerg

Staatl. anerkannte Lehrschmiede Ernst Niemerg 
Grevenerstr. 13 
48149 Münster 
 
Telefon: 0251/293265
Telefax: 0251/270301

ernst.niemerg@t-online.de
www.ernst-niemerg.de

Staatl. anerkannte Lehrschmiede Manfred Schweppe

Staatl. anerkannte Lehrschmiede Manfred
Schweppe
Evingerstr. 667
44339 Dortmund

Telefon: 0231/803013
Telefax: 0231/8040230

info@schmiede-online.de
www.hufbeschlaglehrschmiede-dortmund.de

Staatl. anerkannte Lehrschmiede Robert Hof

Staatl. anerkannte Lehrschmiede Robert Hof
Meerpfad 19
56566 Neuwied

Telefon: 02631/23692 oder 358379
Telefax: 02631/356396

kontakt@toyota-hof.de
www.hufbeschlaglehrschmiede-neuwied.de

Staatl. anerkannte Hufbeschlaglehrschmiede Burkhard Rau

Staatl. anerkannte Hufbeschlaglehrschmiede Burkhard Rau 
Konrad-Zuse-Straße 3 
54552 Nerdlen/ Daun

Telefon: 06592/958161
Telefax: 06592/958162

info@hufbeschlagschule.de
www.hufbeschlagschule.de

Staatlich anerkannte Lehrschmiede Markus Rickus

Staatlich anerkannte Lehrschmiede Markus
Rickus
Lehrmeister Markus Rickus
Schmiede Weg 8
56290 Beltheim/ Mannebach

Tel: 06762 4526
Fax: 06762 950390

kontakt@lehrschmiede-rickus.de
www.lehrschmiede-rickus.de

Staatl. Lehrschmiede der Chirurgischen Tierklinik Leipzig

Staatl. Lehrschmiede der Chirurgischen
Tierklinik Leipzig
An den Tierkliniken 21
04103 Leipzig

Telefon: 0341/9738-206/-267
Telefax: 0341/9738-218

gbernd@vetmed.uni-leipzig.de
www.uni-leipzig.de

AOC De Groene Welle

AOC De Groene Welle
Koggelaan 7
8017 JN Zwolle

Phone: +31384671120

info@groenewelle.nl
www.groenewelle.nl

Aeres MBO Barneveld

Aeres MBO Barneveld
Barnseweg 3
3771 RN Barneveld

Phone: +31880206100

mbobarneveld@aeres.nl
www.aeresmbo-barneveld.nl

Svenska Hovslagareföreningen

SHF
Alsjö Krokväg 24
443 72 Gråbo
Sweden

Phone: +46 722088008

kansliet@hovslagarforeningen.se
www.hovslagarforeningen.se

Biologiska Yrkeshögskolan

BYS Hovslagarskola
Regionens Hus
541 80 Skövde
Sweden

Phone: +46 700824330

gunilla.af.kleen@vgregion.se
www.bys.nu

Yrkeshögskolan i Skellefteå

Skellefteå Kommun
Vuxenutbildningen/YH
931 85 Skellefteå
Sweden

Phone: +46 910 73 50 00

yh@skelleftea.se
www.skelleftea.se/yrkeshogskolan

Hovslagarutbildningen Västernorrland

Nordvik 108
872 98 Noraström
Sweden

Phone +4670 573 17 19

info@etic.nu
www.naturbruk.net


National Education Centre for farriers & agriculture engineers

Chräjeninsel 2
CH – 3270 Aarberg

+41 32 391 70 28
+41 32 391 70 29

bildungszentrum@smu.ch
http://www.metallunion.ch

Myerscough College

Myerscough College
Bilsborrow
Preston
Lancashire
PR3 0RY

Tel. 01995642222
Fax 01995642333


www.myerscough.ac.uk

The School of Farriery, Hereford

The School of Farriery
Centre for Rural Crafts
Holme Lacy
Hereford HR2 6LL

Tel. 01432 870316
Fax 01432 870796

enquiries@hct.ac.uk
http://www.hct.ac.uk

Warwickshire College

Warwickshire College
Moreton Morrell
Warwick
CV35 9BL

Tel. 01926 318310
Fax 01926 318300

enquiries@warkscol.ac.uk
www.warkscol.ac.uk

Executive Board

President

Gary Burton

United Kingdom

president@eurofarrier.org

Secretary

Chris Linssner

United Kingdom

secretary@eurofarrier.org

Registrar

Miles Williamson Noble

United Kingdom

registrar(at)eurofarrier.org

Board Member

Pavel Komárek

Czech Republic

pavelkomarek1@gmail.com

Board Member

Peter Kristiansen

Denmark

TBA