Farrier and Blacksmith Guilds and Associations have a long and storied history. Some have existed for hundreds of years, others are new. They're quite diversified and serve many purposes. Each person has their own reasons for joining one or several of them. Some farriers and blacksmiths join simply for the camaraderie of getting together and socializing with others of the profession. A good many join because they like to compete in the shoeing and forging contests. But most farriers and blacksmiths join for what are probably the best reasons of all, to further their knowledge and enhance their skills.
If you don't belong to a Guild or Association, we encourage you to consider doing so. (Of course you should join the F&HRC Co-Op first!) These organizations may be separated into two basic categories: Regional/State/Local and National (although the F&HRC is definately international). Many people belong to both their Regional, State or Local as well as a National association. To visit the web sites of these organizations, please click on their names. If you know of a farrier or blacksmithing organization not listed here, please have them contact the F&HRC so they may be added to this listing.