NATIONAL E-BLAST | August 4, 2019
AFA News & Updates
From the Desk of the Executive Director

Hello, AFA Family!

I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the start of the last full month of summer. If you're like me, you're looking forward to the return of mild days and cool nights, football season, and of course, all kinds of great fall events such as clinics, hammer-ins, and competitions!

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with Susan Brown of Second Stride, Inc. Encouraged by our AFA Treasurer, Tim Byrne, CJF, to pay her a visit, I stopped in to see what Second Stride was all about and to welcome them as a new Horse Owner member of our Association. What I found is that not only do they have a great mission, but that they support OUR mission at the same time. Second Stride re-homes (on average) 120 retired Thoroughbreds each year, and while doing so, they encourage those adopting their horses to use an AFA certified farrier for the welfare of the horse. Now, how fantastic is that?

To say the visit got my "wheels turning" is an understatement! How great would it be to see a lot more owners and advocates like Susan out there helping us promote our mission of setting the standard for excellence in hoof care through professional development and certification? Working together with these people will ensure our message reaches a broader audience, which is good not only for all of you as our members, but for the equine community as a whole. With that in mind, if you know of owners like Susan or organizations like Second Stride, please forward those to me. I'd love to personally speak with them, spotlight them in our communications, and of course, discover new ways we can work together to educate all horse owners!

Whether it's on this topic or another, please remember that I love to hear from you, so feel free to reach out to me at any time. I can be reached via email HERE or by my direct line at (317) 417-4544.

Thank you for what you do, every day, to promote our mission across the world. I am proud to be serving you, and I hope you're proud to be a member of our great Association!

AFA Programs & What You Need to Know
ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: The nomination period for our annual AFA Achievement Awards is now open, and for the first time ever, we are accepting submissions for Silent Anvil honorees. If you would like to submit someone who was a practicing farrier and a member in good standing a the time of his/her passing, please click HERE for more details and the nomination form. All Achievement Awards will be presented at the 2020 AFA Annual Convention March 10 - 13 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

EQUINE RESEARCH: As a reminder, October 17th is the due date for the initial interest application and January 18th is the due date for the formal grant. You must complete BOTH to be eligible for award—please contact either Doug Russo HERE or Katie Panos HERE for help on your application!

PRE-CERTIFICATION: We recently posted about our Pre-Certification program on social media, and it was a hit! If you're a candidate for certification and think you would benefit from this focused program, you can find out more about it HERE , and if you're a local Chapter and would like to host a clinic, an application can be found HERE !

AFA Member Benefits

Did you know that ALL active AFA members in good standing receive an automatic $50,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Cigna Insurance Policy? The policy covers our members 24 hours a day both on and off the job, and in even better news, we have recently confirmed in writing that this program also covers our valued international members !

Don't forget about this important resource for you and your family when your dues renewal comes around! For more information on this and our other member benefits, please click HERE.

To learn more call Jan Sorensen at Ridley, Inc.  (507) 229-0547
AFA Local Chapter Updates

Calling all AFA Chapters! We love promoting and supporting the outstanding events you're having on our website, social media channels, and in No Foot, No Horse! As a reminder, please send us your event details, wrap-ups and pictures, and tag us in your posts so we'll be sure to see them! Thank you!

Supporting the AFA
If you're looking for ways to support the AFA's mission, programs, and the farrier industry as a whole, there are many options available to you! Consider supporting our Association as easily as when you shop on Amazon Prime, or by advertising in our communications, becoming a sponsor, or donating to one of our many charitable programs. This week's program spotlight is on our remarkable American Farriers Team!

Please contact Martha Jones HERE if you're interested in learning about more ways to support the AFA!
In 1979, the Irish Horse Board sent an invitation to the AFA inviting us to send a farrier team to participate in their competition at the Royal Dublin Horse Show. In response to this invitation, the North American Horseshoeing Team (NAHT) was formed.

Fast forward to today, where our American Farriers’ Team [AFT], is chosen by point standings in the National Forging and Horseshoeing Competition held each year at our annual convention. Four AFT Members and a reserve leave the convention as international representatives of the AFA. While traveling to competitions, AFT members serve as informal ambassadors of both the association and the horseshoeing profession in North America. In recognition of the support provided by the AFA and the entire farrier industry, AFT members make a concerted effort to share what they have learned in international competition by donating their services as clinicians when their schedule permits.

If you would like to support this year's AFT and Apprentice Team, please contact Chairman Bryan Osborne, CJF, HERE .
Good Read
PHYSICAL EXAM OF THE HORSE HOOF: Learn about healthy hoof conformation and common, potentially function-affecting abnormalities.

Abnormal hoof conformation has become so very common that many horse owners and veterinarians have become “numb” to it. So says Debra Taylor, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. But taking some time to become familiar with the healthy hoof can sharpen their ability to readily identify problems that could be contributing to lameness.

During a presentation at the 2013 Western Veterinary Conference, held earlier this year in Las Vegas, Nev., Taylor reviewed healthy hoof conformation characteristics and described some common and potentially function-affecting abnormalities practitioners should watch for during a hoof examination.

Please click HERE for entire article, courtesy of The
Podcast Feature

In this episode, we talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier John Sligh of Talkeetna, Alaska, which is about three hours north of Anchorage. He started shoeing at Guantonomo Bay, Cuba in 1970 while he was in the Marine Corps, and he practiced in Ocala, Florida from 1978 until he retired 2017.

John shares how he got his start as a farrier, lessons from becoming a Certified Journeyman Farrier, competing, and memorable stories from his career. 

To listen to the podcast, please click HERE. P odcast courtesy of Butler Horseshoeing School.
Miscellaneous News

Earlier this week, teams were announced for the World Horseshoeing Classic in Lexington, Kentucky (March 4 - 7, 2020), and we were excited to see so many AFA members in the line up! Good luck to all our competitors!! #AFAstrong

You can check out the all-star roster HERE!
Calendar of Events
AFA Certification & Pre-Certification Calendar

August 23-24, 2019
South Carolina Pre-Certification
Crescent High School FFA Arena
415 Parker Bowie Rd., Iva, South Carolina 29655
Instructors: Lucas Gilleland, CJF & Paul Papadatos, CJF, TE, ASF, DipWCF
Contact: Dusty Newby, CF, 864-992-0020
Host: South Carolina Farriers Association

September 6-7, 2019
Florida Certification
Brandon Equine Medical Center
605 E Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, Florida 33511
Examiner: Eric Gilleland, CJF
Contact: Marcus Wise, CJF, 813-732-8765
Host: Florida State Farriers Association

September 14, 2019
Michigan AFA Pre-Certification Clinic
Henry Detweiler’s Shaytown Blacksmith Shop
2558 Shaytown Rd, Vermontville, Michigan 49096
Instructors: TBD
Contact: Henry Detweiler, CJF, 517-726-0550
Host: Michigan Horseshoers Association

September 20-21, 2019
Minnesota Certification
22144 Zeolite St. NW, Nowthen, Minnesota 55330
Examiner: Vince Vesely, CJF
Contact: Mark Thorkildson, CJF, AWCF, 612-387-8685
Host: Minnesota Farriers Association

September 21, 2019
Oregon Certification
Oregon Farrier School
2420 SW Minson Rd., Silverton, Oregon  97381
Examiner: Brian Buckner, CJF
Contact: Beau Whitaker, CJF, 541-777-2110
Host: Oregon Farriers Association

September 27, 2019
Oklahoma Tester Update
Five Star Horseshoeing School
807 NE Johnson Rd., Minco, Oklahoma  73059
Examiner: Alan Larson, CJF
Contact: Dusty Franklin, CJF, ASF, AWCF, 405-209-7420
Host: Oklahoma Farriers Association

September 27-28, 2019
Oklahoma Certification
Five Star Horseshoeing School
807 NE Johnson Rd, Minco, Oklahoma 73059
Examiner: Alan Larson, CJF
Contact: Dusty Franklin, CJF, ASF, AWCF, 405-209-7420
Host: Oklahoma Farriers Association

September 28-29, 2019
Rhode Island Certification
Ocean State Equine
11 Winsor Rd, North Scituate, RI 02857
Examiner: Steve Morris, CJF
Contact: Garrett Maloney, CJF, 401-744-4981
Host: Southern New England Farriers Association

National Events Calendar

August 6, 2019
Oakhurst Equine Farrier Forum
Oakhurst Equine
18715 NE Highway 240, Newberg, Oregon  97132
Veterinarians: Sylvia Ouellette DVM, DABVP & Jack Root DVM
Contact: Sylvia Ouellette, DVM, DABVP, 503-554-0227

August 7, 2019
Shoes and Brews
Beyond Stable Farm
11129 IL-176, Woodstock, Illinois  60098
Speaker: Rachel Mottet, M.S.
Contact: Garrett Fish,, 520-860-0843
Host: Purina Animal Nutrition

August 8, 2019
Summer Symposium (TX)
Horseshoe Bay Resort
200 Hi Cir N, Horseshoe Bay, Texas  78657
Speaker: Dr. Jarred Williams
Contact: Texas Equine Veterinary Association, 806-673-1987

August 9, 2019
Goodwill Clinic Tour
Anvil Brand Shoe Co.
500 South Spencer Street, Old Route 66, Lexington, Illinois  61753
Clinicians: Chris Gregory, CJF, ASF, FWCF and Cody Gregory, CJF, ASF, AWCF
Contact: Anvil Brand, 800-365-8202

August 16, 2019
SWOFA Hammer-In
3359 West Snake Rd., Liberty, Ohio  47353
Contact: Nate Crumley, CF, 330-464-0664

August 16-17, 2019
FSFA Hands-On Clinic
Lithia, Florida
Clinician: Joe Nygren, CJF, DipWCF
Contact: Marcus Wise, CJF, 813-732-8765
Host: Florida State Farriers Association

August 17-18, 2019
Horseshoeing Clinic (WA)
Stray Dog Forge
139 W Welcher Rd., Coupeville, Washington  98239
Clinician: Jim Quick, CJF
Contact: Brian Strelow, CJF, 253-691-6960