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what we do with what we have."

—Vince Lombardi

2015 Mail-In Forging Exercise

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Response to the final Calgary Mail-In Forging Exercise was so tremendous, it would be a shame to see it go away because of the Calgary Stampede’s decision to abandon a forging contest. Although Calgary may be gone, there is good news because a new mail-in forging contest will take its place.

Sponsored by Victory Racing Plate, this contest will be tied to the International Hoof-Care Summit. People who can’t make it to the Summit still can participate in the forging exercise by mailing in their entry. IHCS attendees can save on the postage and drop off the shoe at the Feb. 3-6, 2015, Summit. See the complete instructions on entering at the end of this article.

It is free to enter, and every entrant will receive a free T-shirt, as well as notes on their shoes from the judges, who will pick the winner during the Summit. The top finisher will receive a buckle and free registration to the 2016 IHCS in Cincinnati.

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November 2014
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Continues Gradual Gain
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