The Worshipful
Company of Farriers

Promoting the welfare of the horse since 1356

Welcome to The Worshipful Company of Farriers

The Worshipful Company of Farriers was founded in 1356 in the City of London at the request of the Mayor to manage those involved with the craft of farriery and to uphold the welfare of the horse through good practice, which it continues to do in the 21st century. In 1674 during the reign of Charles II the Company was granted a Royal Charter and it is number 55 on the register of the City of London Livery Companies.

The Company maintains its close association with its origins and the craft by being the awarding body for the farriery qualifications of Diploma, Associate and Fellow. The Company continues to play a key role in the welfare of the horse by upholding high standards of farriery both in the UK and in overseeing examinations abroad. It also runs an extensive programme of competitions for shoeing and shoemaking, and best shod horse awards.

All Liverymen are also Freemen of the City of London and the Company maintains its ancient link with the City. The membership attracts not only craft farriers, but veterinary surgeons, equestrian professionals, charity executives and individuals with wide ranging backgrounds and interests.

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Upcoming Events

5th March 2024
Master and Wardens at the Guildhall

6th March 2024
Denis Oliver Lecture

8th March 2024
Foot Balance Course CPD event in Scotland

15th March 2024
United Guilds Service at St Paul's Cathedral

19th March 2024
March Court and Luncheon at Drapers' Hall

9th April 2024
Master and Wardens at the Guildhall

17th April 2024
WCF Higher Examinations at DATR UK

17th May 2024
Livery Banquet at the Mansion House

4th June 2024
Master and Wardens at the Guildhall

20th June 2024
Diploma Ceremony

24th June 2024
June Court and Dinner at Apothecaries' Hall

2nd July 2024
Master and Wardens at the Guildhall

11th July 2024
Master's Evening Reception at Ham Polo Club

10th September 2024
Master and Wardens at the Guildhall

17th September 2024
WCF Higher Exams South Africa

26th September 2024
September Court and Dinner at Vintners' Hall

1st October 2024
WCF Higher Exams Sweden

9th October 2024
WCF Higher Exams UK

14th October 2024
WCF Higher Exams Kentucky USA