The History of FITS Exams in South Africa

The first FITS Exams were held from the 10th to the 14th November 2010 in the Cape Province at the Graham Beck Skills Centre in Robertson.  The examiner was Chris Gregory and he was assisted by Robbie Dawson (DiPwcf no 714) and Andy Rivas (Warc Master Farrier).

 

The participants for 2010 were:

  • Berto Augustyn
  • Derek Anderson
  • Steve Blakey
  • Scott Borland
  • Zander Davel
  • Wrensch Briers
  • Brian Donnolly
  • Chris Diedericks
  • Sean Eggersglutz
  • Sarah Frylinck
  • Robbie Miller
  • Johnny Murdoch
  • James Paul
  • Ryk Roodman
  • Jacques Sauer
  • Mark Trethewey
  • Anthony Taylor
  • Joe van der Merwe
  • Patrick Weston
  • Glenn Zimmermann

 

The following farriers passes their Certified Farrier Exam:

  • Derek Anderson
  • Scott Borland
  • Zander Davel
  • Robbie Miller
  • Mark Trethewey
  • Joe van der Merwe
  • Sean Eggersglutz

 

There were no Advanced Skills Candidates that qualified in 2010.

 

The second exam was held in Johannesburg from the 11th to the 14th November 2011 at the Beaulieu College, Kyalami.  The examiner was once again Chris Gregory and was assisted by Robbie Dawson and Andy Rivas.

The participants for 2011 were:

  • Wrensch Briers
  • Candice Brown
  • Scott Borland
  • Chris Connick
  • Chris Diedericks
  • Sias Delport
  • Ami de Wet (jnr)
  • Ami de Wet (snr)
  • Brian Donnolly
  • Sean Eggersglutz
  • Kobus Els
  • Murray Evans
  • Sarah Freylinck
  • Johan Greyling
  • Matt Jeffery
  • Luckson Kanynli
  • Jacques Kruger
  • Ralph le Roux
  • Robbie Miller
  • Johnny Murdoch
  • Wayne Palovich
  • Donovan Rewitzky
  • Andrew Timm
  • Maritz van Heerden

 

The following candidates passes their certified exam (CF):

  • Ami de Wet (jnr)
  • Sarah Frylinck
  • Matt Jeffrey
  • Maritz van Heerden
  • Andrew Timm
  • Brian Donnolly

 

Our first candidates to achieve their Advanced Skills Farrier Qualification (ASF) were:

  • Scott Borland
  • Ami de Wet (snr)
  • Sean Eggersglutz
  • Robbie Miller

 

The third South African FITS Examinations were held in KwaZulu Natal from the 12th to the 14th April 2013 at Brinstone Farm, Mooi River.  The examiner was Fabio Furquim Correa from Brazil and he was assisted by Robbie Miller (ASF) and Robbie Dawson (DiPwcf no 714).  The FITS Observers assisting at the 2013 Examinations were Sean Eggersglutz (ASF), Scott Borland (ASF) and Ami de Wet (snr) (ASF).

We were extremely proud to have two international participants in Adam Tighe (Australia) and David Hallock (USA).

The South African Participants were:

  • Wrensch Briers
  • Gareth Howells
  • Kai Hansen
  • Dave Hyslop
  • Theo Janssen
  • Brian Donnolly
  • Francois Smith
  • Chris Partridge
  • Graham Pringle
  • Chris Diedericks
  • Frederick Kukkuk
  • Calven Miller
  • Gregory Nel
  • Jacques Kruger
  • Donovan Rewitzky
  • Tobie van der Merwe

 

The following candidates passes their Certified Farrier (CF) exams:

  • Wrench Briers
  • Jacques Sauer
  • Donovan Rewitzky
  • Jacques Kruger
  • Travo Treurnich
  • Chris Partridge
  • Dave Hyslop
  • Frederick Kukkuck

 

David Hallock (USA) passed his Advanced Skills Farrier (ASF) Examinations.

 

The next set of Fits Exams were held at Brinstone Farm, Mooi River, KZN in April 2014.  The examiners were Dusty Franklin CJF (ASF), Robbie Miller (ASF) and Sean Eggersglusz (ASF) and we are proud to announce the names of the following candidates who passed their certified exams:

 - Tobie van der Merwe

 - Gregory Nel

 - Lance Setter

 

We had one candidate who successfully completed the Advanced Skills Farrier Examination:

 - John Murdoch

 

Later in the year we held a second FITS Examination in Milnerton, Cape Town from the 31st October through to the 2nd November 2014.  Our examiners were Dusty Franklin CJF (ASF), Dr Alasdair Cameron BVMS and Sean Eggersglusz (ASF).  We had a total of 15 candidates for the examinations split as 7 x ASF candidates and 8 x CF candidates.  We are thrilled to announce that the following candidates passed their certified exams:

-  Candice Brown

-  Kai Hansen

-  Mark Zofka

 

Over the weekend 31st July - 2nd August we held the 2015 FITS Exams once again at the fabulous venue, Brinstone Farm, Mooi River, KZN, South Africa.  Our examiners were Robbie Miller (ASF), Bob Sim AUS (ASF) and Dr John Hodgson.  We had 12 candidates sitting for a total of 20 modules.  There were 5 x ASF candidates and 7 x CF candidates.  It was a fantastic weekend with a number of candidates passing various modules and winning fantastic prizes in the competition that followed the examinations.

 

FITS South Africa would like to congratulate all the candidates on their tremendous efforts taken to participate in the FITS Examinations and well done to all those who have been successful and passed the various Exam modules.