With over 34 years of farriery experience, Jonathan Nunn FWCF is based in Staffordshire England and has a multi farrier practice covering all aspects of farriery. Jon personally specialises in veterinary remedial work and performance horses nowadays. After many successful years in competitive farriery in the UK and internationally, Jon’s simple, practical approach to horseshoeing is what he believes is key to maintaining soundness and good balance in the horses he trims and shoes.
Jon attained his Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Farrier’s in 2017. As an examiner for the Worshipful Company of Farriers Jon is ever aware for the need to educate and share knowledge and techniques and is very much involved in educational events, regularly tutoring those wishing to attain higher farriery examinations.
Jon was a late starter in the competition circuits as family life was a priority for him whilst his three children were younger and didn’t start to compete again until he was aged 39, although he has always remained active in farriery education and competition organising. He met one of his mentors and friend Grant Moon who lived nearby and they forged and competed together at many national and international contests including the Calgary Stampede, winning rookie 2010, pot luck forging 2011 and 1st place in the World four-man draft team in 2013 and achieved top five in the World Championship also that year.
From these practical experiences in competition, the learning curve was steep and fast and Jon has seized every opportunity to compete and further his knowledge of farriery. He now travels as a clinician representing Werkman Hoofcare and is involved with his own farrier tool making products with his son Josh Nunn
Jonathan is the co-founder and chairman of The Farriers Foundation which is a registered charity which supports farriers and their families that have been injured or become ill and require financial help in times of hardship. Jon and his wife Sara run the charity from home with the help of five further trustees and run many events to support the charity which relies on donations and farrier fundraising activities.
Favourite Book: Simon Curtis Textbooks
Favourite Work Boots – Redbacks
Favourite Rasp – Heller Excel Legend
Dream Farrier Rig – I have it! Ford Ranger with N & J Build
Favourite Rounding Hammer – J NUNN
Favourite Bar Stock – Concave (7/8 X 3/8 is my favourite) but the business has changed to use more flat.
Gas or Diesel – Diesel
Favourite Pastime – Biking – Road and Mountain
Next on Your Bucket List: Niagara Falls
Favourite Keg Shoe – Werkman Warrior Special
Leather or Synthetic Pad – Leather
Favourite Horse to work on – Draft and Light Draft
Ideal # horses to shoe all around in one day – 5
Favourite Anvil – Baker American – They don’t make it anymore
Accounting Software – Sage/Quickbooks
App that has improved your work life – Hoof Explorer
Preferred Social Media Platform – Facebook
Do you have injury insurance? Yes
Do you work out? Yes, more bike less gym
Planner or agenda – Shared Diary (calendar) on the iPhone/iPad
Favourite Jeans – Levi’s
Favourite Quote – “Keep It Simple Stupid” or “Get it hot!”
Method of soothing Aches and Pains – Massage cushion
Favourite Genre of Music – Heavy Metal
Meditate – Yes, unofficially
What would you have been if not a farrier – Artist – ceramic design