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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.

Regional, State and Local Farrier Organizations:

Arizona State Farrier's Association

Delmarva Farriers Association

Farrier's Association of Washington State

Florida State Farrier's Association

Indiana Farrier's Association

Land of Lincoln Horseshoers Association

Master Farriers Association of New South Wales

Michigan Horseshoer's Association

Mid-Eastern Farrier's Association

Minnesota Farriers Association

Missouri Farriers Association

North Carolina Horseshoers Association

Ontario Farriers Association

Oregon Farriers Association

Pennsylvania Professional Farriers Association

Professional Farriers & Blacksmiths Association of New South Wales

Rocky Mountain Farriers Association

San Diego County Farriers Association

South Australian Master Farriers Association

South Carolina Farriers Association

S.H.O.E. (Southeastern Horseshoers On Education)

Southern Farriers Association

Southern New England Farriers Association

Tennessee Professional Farriers Association

Texas Professional Farriers Association

Western Canadian Farriers Association

Western States Farriers Association

National Farrier Organizations:

American Farrier's Association

British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association

Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association

Guild of Professional Farriers

Irish Master Farriers Association

Japan Farriers Association

National Blacksmith and Weldors Association

New Zealand Farriers Association

World Champion Blacksmiths

Worshipful Company of Farriers

Regional, State and Local Blacksmith Organizations

Alabama Forge Council

Appalachian Area Chapter Blacksmiths

Arizona Artists Blacksmith Association (AABA)

Blacksmith Association of Missouri (BAM)

California Blacksmiths Association

Central Fabricators Association

Florida Artist Blacksmith Association (FABA)

Gulf Coast Blacksmith Association

Houston Area Blacksmith Association (HABA)

Illinois Artist Blacksmith Association (IABA)

Louisiana Metalsmiths Association (LAMA)

Mississippi Forge Council

New England Blacksmiths (NEB)

North Texas Blacksmiths Association (NTBA)

River Bluff Forge Council - Memphis

Rocky Mountain Smiths

Saltfork Craftsmen

Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil (SOFA)

Upper Midwest Blacksmiths Association (NTBA)

National Blacksmith Organizations

Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA)

British Artist Blacksmith Association (BABA)

Canadian Iron Association (CanIRON)

Guild of Metalsmiths

National Blacksmiths and Weldors Association

National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA)