Rick Martinez Wins 2012
Summit Achievement Award
Many hoof-care professionals selflessly donate their time to several causes. Some farriers travel abroad to impoverished regions to treat donkeys used to transport produce. Others give their time to teach hoof-care basics to local 4-H groups. With the Summit Achievement Award, the Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center and American Farriers Journal will honor the work of one of these dedicated volunteers.
"This program will reward farriers and equine veterinarians who have gone the extra mile to freely offer their time and hoof-care expertise to help horses, horse owners, horse groups or the equine industry with hoof-care concerns," says Frank Lessiter, Editor/Publisher of American Farriers Journal. "This annual program will be a new way of recognizing individuals who have given so much back to the equine industry."
Rick Martinez of Cumming, Ga., was this year's recipient of the award. He was presented with the award on Feb. 2, 2012 at the International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Martinez has volunteered much of his time at the Reece Center for Handicapped Horsemanship. Located in Palmetto, Ga., the Reece Center provides equine therapy for metro-Atlanta's physcially and mentally challenged children and adults. It is completely staffed by volunteers and funded solely by donations
Martinez joined the Center in early 2000 to help rebuild their barn after a fire destroyed much of the property, and provided additional assistance by mowing the Center's lawn with his tractor, feeding horses and any other task that was needed.
Martinez would not have become a farrier if it had not been for the Center, and continues to dedicate all of his farrier services to them. While he has given a lot of his time and talents to the Reece Center, he feels the return outweighs his efforts.
"It is amazing to watch them [the riders and horses] bond," says Martinez. "I always wanted horses growing up, and now I have 15-plus amazing horses that are like my own" -- a childhood dream come true.
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