Dean Dibsdall, winner of Channel 4’s 'Playing It Straight' series, is the subject of a documentary on H&C.
The hour-long show, 'Dean Dibsdall: Model Farrier', sees Horse & Country’s cameras follow Dean as he deals with his new found fame while working as a specialist in horse hoof care.
As well as being a full-time farrier, Dean also works as a part-time model, winning the title of Mr Bedfordshire last year and representing the county in the final of the Mr England competition.
“I’m very excited to be doing this show with Horse & Country TV,” says Dean, 28. ”Being a farrier and working with horses is the most important thing in my life.
“I hope fans of 'Playing It Straight' will tune in and be really entertained while at the same time experience a world they wouldn’t normally get the chance to encounter.”
The highlights the tremendous variety of Dean’s professional life including working with miniature Shetland ponies, alongside vets to help lame horses, visiting a range of livery yards and taking part in a farrier competition at the Shire Horse Show as well as following his new experiences as a fledgling celebrity.
Dean has been a farrier for four years, following in a family tradition that has seen three of his cousins become farriers too. After setting his heart on working with horses, Dean underwent more than four years of intensive training at college as well as shadowing a qualified farrier.
“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I left school so one day went out with one of my cousins who was already a farrier, and I just took to it straight away,” says Dean. ”It’s a physical job and you get to work with animals outdoors in the fresh air – plus you’re your own boss.”