BOB SIM ASF
Accredited Farrier – Australia
Level IV Teaching
Bob didn’t start out to become a farrier, in fact he was a rodeo rider before ever thinking about Farriery. He was All round cowboy of Australia in 1986 and was world Saddle Bronc champion in 1985 as well as numerous other titles along the way.
It was during this time he started to become interested in shoeing horses and dedicated himself to become a Farrier.
Bob became keenly interested in competing at Farrier competitions and soon amassed state and national titles all over Australia.
In 1996 he was selected to be Australia’s Team Farrier at the Atlanta Olympic Games, then again at the 1998 World equestrian games in Rome.
In 2000 Australia hosted the Olympic Games and again Bob was their Team Farrier.
Bob has travelled extensively overseas to successfully compete as an individual and team member at Stoneleigh, Calgary Stampede and many different places in the USA.
During Bob’s time travelling and competing he became strongly interested in educating young and upcoming farriers. The future was education, and he travelled to Chinese Taipei and other smaller countries to teach and hold clinics there.
Bob also held clinics at home on weekends, teaching young farriers the art of forging and shoeing, and this still continues today.
From 1995 to the present, he has taught at the Scone TAFE, educating apprentice Farriers. It became more apparent that knowledge of anatomy and movement, combined with shoeing, is vitally important to a horse’s career.
In 2012 at the Calgary Stampede, Bob and Steve Riggs met Chris Gregory and were interested to know more about FITS. From there both became excited and motivated, realising that Australia needed to move Farriery to higher education levels.
Realising young farriers needed to have qualifications that would help their efforts be recognised overseas. Bob and Steve, along with Kim Broad decided to bring FITS and Chris Gregory to Australia. At present Australia’s Certificate III is not recognised overseas and limits or Farriers if they wish to travel.
The amount of interest was staggering, so many of the young farriers who want to learn and extend their knowledge of anatomy and movement is refreshing and a great sign that Australia is moving in the right direction in regards to educating Farriers.
Bob passed his ASF in 2013 and became an examiner in 2014. He also passed his DipWCF in June 2014.
Bob is married, and with his wife Desarae they also breed Australian Quarter Horses on their property, which is situated in the Hunter Valley, Australia (wine country), Desarae shows extensively and successfully. Bob and Desarae’s horses have repeatedly won all the major events in Australia, this year winning the highest paying Western Pleasure class in Australia, for the 3rd time.
Both also work for Fire and Rescue NSW, as trained firefighters and rescuers, in their community.