The Irish Master Farriers Association was formed in the early 1970′s around the time Bord na gCapall (The Irish Horse Board) started Farriery Apprenticeships. The I.M.F.A has to date over 150 Members which also includes apprentices.
The Association hold clinics and seminars to promote the development of new products and procedures to enable the members to establish a higher standard of practice. They hold apprentice assessments for the 1st – 4th year and offer mock final examinations to apprentices wishing to do the Diploma in Farriery. The I.M.F.A usually hold their A.G.M on the first week-end in December where a committee is elected to hold meetings throughout the year to implement objectives and rules set by the members. A Farrier School had been on the I.M.F.A’s agenda for quite some time, when a Farriery School was established in 1999 in conjunction with the major stakeholders within the Equine Industry to form the Irish Farriery Authority (IFA). The IMFA take a very active part in the new Farrier School on the RACE campus situated on the edge of Kildare town.