AN APPRENTICE farrier is encouraging more young people to consider a career in the skilled craft after scooping a top award at Moreton Morrell College.
Lewis Sutor was presented with the David Llewellyn Prize by the Worshipful Company of Farriers and graduated with DipWCF after completing his apprenticeship at the college.
The David Llewellyn Prize is awarded for the best written diploma paper and came after the 22-year-old achieved 88 per cent in his spring exams.
The Worshipful Company of Farriers was founded in 1605 and is one of the livery companies of the City of London. The celebration ceremony began with a service at the Church of St Martin, followed by a procession to Apothecaries’ Hall where graduates were presented with their certificates.
A total of four apprentices from Moreton Morrell College were presented with medals on the day.
Lewis completed his four-year apprenticeship with the college and approved training farrier Paul Horner. He has continued to work for Paul since completing his apprenticeship, providing farrier services across the Somerset area.
He said: “I went to a farming school when I was younger and that was where I was introduced to work in the forge. We had horses at home, I enjoyed the forging and decided then that I wanted to be a farrier.
“I was so surprised to win the David Llewellyn Prize, I didn’t expect it at all. The ceremony was brilliant and it was great to see everyone to celebrate.
“Farriery is a historic craft but the number of people coming into the profession has definitely slowed down, and there is a need to encourage more people to join the profession. I love being a farrier, you are working outside, building relationships with people in your local community and having the chance to work every day with horses.”