Derek Gardner qualified as a farrier in 1991 following an apprenticeship served with the highly respected and talented Gary Darlow AFCL. He gained his Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers shortly afterwards. Influenced and inspired by many legendary horseshoeing gentlemen including Gary, Sandy Beveridge FWCF and Scott Davidson to name just three, his career flourished.
As a training farrier, Derek has successfully trained 9 farriers and has enjoyed passing on his skills to future generations of farriers. In 2016 past apprentice Sarah Beane became one of a handful of farriers to gain her Fellowship.
A formidable presence at shoeing and shoemaking competitions both within the UK and abroad Derek has been Reserve World Champion at the Calgary Stampede World Championships twice and never finished out of the Top Five. He has won the UK National Championships twice. He has been a regular member of the Scottish Farriery Team for many years.
The Derek Gardner range of farrier tools were launched in 2000 following years of successfully making tools for personal use. Subsequent demand encouraged Derek to upscale and produce the tools for the commercial market. Since their introduction the range has become renowned for quality, attention to detail and longevity in what is a highly competitive market. Those that have chosen to invest in the tools have not been disappointed.