John Kynaston
David Blackburn Apprentice
Autumn | 2015

John Kynaston, who rode and loved horses from an early age, has returned to the family farm to work alongside a training farrier, his brother Derek.

John completed work experience and a forge work course before embarking on this path, whereupon he discovered his age, previous education and course length made him ineligible for most grants or loans.

The QEST funding is enabling John to study for a diploma at Hereford College, designed so the majority of learning is done with his employer. They work on specialist shoes for competition and racehorses, and even onegars and zebras through having Chester Zoo as a client.