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The Worshipful Company of Farriers
Promoting the welfare of the horse since 1356

List of FWCF, AWCF and Master Farrier

The WCF has now registered the Mark 'Master Farrier' and that title may therefore only be used by qualified persons as detailed in the regulations for that Registered Mark.  These regulations are summarised below, and an Application Form may be downloaded from this web site.  

Applicants must hold either the Associateship (including the AFCL) or Fellowship. Honorary Fellows may not apply, unless holding an AWCF or FWCF by examination.

The Application Form must be signed by two supporters, one of whom must be a Liveryman of The Company. One supporter must hold the FWCF by examination, and the other must be a practising equine veterinary surgeon.

The Application Form includes a clause for removal of the title for inappropriate conduct.

The Master Farrier Certificate and Silver Medal will be awarded at end of each Court Meeting.  Master Farriers will be invited as a guest to the Lunch or Dinner following the Court Meeting at which the Master presents their Certificate and Silver Medal.  There will normally be a maximum of 6 installed at each Court.  For all those who wish to take up the offer of the Freedom of the Company within one year of the date of the Master Farrier Award, the Fine and first year's Quarterage will be waived.  For those Master Farrier applicants simultaneously applying to join the Livery of the Company within one year of their Master Farrier award, the Fine will be discounted by 50% (currently reduced to £212.50); full Quarterage as a Liveryman must be paid.

Lists showing all Master Farriers, those farriers holding the FWCF, and those holding the AWCF are being made available on the WCF website, and these lists can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Trade Mark regulations require that Master Farriers must be members of the Company.  This is achieved by the payment of the Examination Fee for one of the higher examinations, and if successful they then are awarded the Associateship or Fellowship of the Company.  The Fee for becoming a Master Farrier will include: a waiver of the Fine and first year’s Quarterage for Freedom of the Company (for those wishing to take up the Freedom); a Medal; Certificate; and a welcome dinner or lunch.  Master Farriers may use the Company Coat of Arms, as supplied by the Registrar, on letterheads and on their vehicle.  The Court of the WCF shall have powers to make or vary regulations concerning the Master Farrier Award from time to time, and shall have general supervisory powers over the awarding of the Master Farrier Trademark.

Sanctions: If the FRC Disciplinary Committee finds a Master Farrier guilty of any offence under the FRC’s Disciplinary Code, the Master Farrier status may be withdrawn and the right to use the title revoked. The WCF may remove Master Farrier status for bringing the WCF into disrepute.

Application priority is as follows:

Members of the Court

Members of the Examinations Board

Members of the Craft Committee

Members of other Company Committees


Non-liverymen, FWCF first, then AWCF.

The Master Farrier Certificate will be signed by the Master, the Chairman of Examinations Board, and the Registrar. The Certificate will be numbered and dated.

The fee is Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds Only (£250.00) to be reviewed annually.