Balmullo farrier to make history

David Wilson.
David Wilson.

A BALMULLO farrier will make history next month when he judges the World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition for the fifth time — breaking his own record in the process.

David Wilson won the prestigious contest himself in 1985 and is now regularly invited back to the Calgary Stampede to run the rule over the world’s top blacksmiths.

The 75-year-old flies out to Canada next week to preside over the event, which has been dubbed ‘‘the Olympics of blacksmithing.’’

He will pick out the winner alongside fellow judge Shayne Carter of the USA when the 10 finalists converge under the big top on Sunday, July 8.

David said: “It’s an honour to be asked to do the judging again, especially because this is the Calgary Stampede’s centenary year.

“I’ve judged it four times before and I thought that would be it.

“The event itself is quite a spectacle — the grandstand alone holds about 70,000 people.”

The Calgary Stampede bills itself as ‘the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’.

It attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world’s largest rodeos.