Farriers gather for the World Championship Blacksmith competition.
Last week, Terry and I traveled with friends, Pat and Marianne Callahan to Springfield, MA. to attend the Equine Affaire. This was our first time attending this event. It is really big. There are 4 buildings filled with demonstrations, seminars and vendors for food and shopping galore! Featured cast included John Lyons, Sterling Graburn, Rick Lamb (no relation), Mark Rashid and Karen Scholl, just to name a few. The main reason for my trip was to attend their equine production, Pfizer Fantasia.
I have read several of Mark Rashid’s books and was excited to hear he was attending the show. My collection of signed books are very precious to me but, I was a bit disappointed when I found Mark’s booth. When I arrived he was talking to a couple of young women, that’s expected, he’s a cowboy. Anyway, I take my time selecting a book that I don’t already have and go to pay for it. The cashier asks if I want to have Mark sign it. “That would be great” I said. He stops his conversation to sign the book and gives it back to the cashier. Not once did he acknowledge me, not even to thank me for buying his $18.00 book! I look inside and he signs it S.R., who the heck is SR, I thought his name was Mark. But, at least he did spell my name right. I won’t hold this against him, some people are better with the pen than in person and he does write a really good book. In the next few weeks I will do several reviews on them. If I ever live my dream of writing a book I will remember that all fans are important.
We had a great time doing some early Christmas shopping and stopped by to watch a few demonstrations including the farriers championship. These guys are bad, they had two hours to take two pieces of metal and make them into horseshoes, the old fashioned way. There is also a barn filled with beautiful horse of every breed. It was well worth the trip.I highly recommend this show.
See more about my trip in future posts.
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