International Hoof-Care Summit Farrier Spouse Program

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Farrier Spouses Program: It's a Team Effort

Ever since the Summit began, the non-farrier/ veterinarian spouses of attendees have been invited to Cincinnati for the Farrier Spouse program, which was led for many years by Shelley Walker of Nature Farms Farrier Supply. The Farrier Spouse Program is designed to provide practical educational sessions and an opportunity to network with other farrier spouses who can share their insight. 

This year, we are providing a special afternoon of education, completely free, for those spouses of attendees. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 23 at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza, the Summit will host a series of educational sessions for spouses. We’ll cover a series of classes that focus on business and well-being, as so many spouses are crucial to the success of their partner’s hoof-care practices.




2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Room: Salon M

SCORE: Free Business Mentoring & Education

Patricia McKay, Chair, SCORE Greater Cincinnati chapter will talk about the opportunities for free business education available to small business entrepreneurs – like farriers. SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters across the country. Learn about services that may be available near you. 

McKay spent 40+ years in corporate telecommunications for several of the Bell, Baby Bell, and spin-off companies in a variety of senior positions. Her expertise in project management, operations, and strategy positioned her to lead several start-up ventures after the industry was deregulated. Since April 2018 she has been chair of the SCORE Greater Cincinnati chapter. 

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Patricia McKay

Patricia McKay

2:45 to 3 p.m. Hallway Break

3:00 to 3:45 p.m.
Room: Salon M

Taking a Team Approach

Teri and Clayton Wilber of Florida Farrier Services share their tips for business and personal success. During the early years, Teri worked as a school teacher and used her lunch break and evenings to schedule clients, as well as juggling other business obligations. Florida Farrier Service soon outgrew her ability to only work their business part time and she began taking over the administrative duties full time. After many years in the industry, Teri and Clayton have worked to create a company that emphasizes what they believe matters most: family.

Teri Wilber had horses from the time she was a child and observed farriers as a client, now being married to one, it allows her to manage the business from both sides of the fence. By using a team approach, it allows Florida Farrier Service to run efficiently in the office and the field. 

Clayton Wilber is the Owner and Operator of Florida Farrier Service, Inc. in St. Cloud, Florida. Clayton’s career in the farrier industry began when he was just 16 years old. What started out of necessity to keep his own horses sound while on the road traveling and competing as a Team Roper became a passion. Being an avid horseman has afforded him the ability to understand how important it is to have a farrier that understands all of the variables associated with keeping each horse sound and performing at its full potential. Clayton’s hopes to help every horse in his care be as happy, healthy and sound as possible while starting with their feet. With almost 3 decades in the business, he uses his knowledge and experience to educate his clients and give them a foundation to be a team player in their horse’s hoof care. 

Clayton Wilber

Clayton Wilber 

Teri Wilber

Teri Wilber

4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Room: Salon M

Hoof-Care Professional Panel

Get answers to your footcare and business questions from hoof-care professionals with various backgrounds. Therapeutic shoer Nick Denson of Sagamore, Mass., Hall of Fame draft horse farrier and educator Mike Wildenstein of Ithaca, N.Y. and veterinarian Dr. Dana Gilliam of Flower Mound, Texas, will share insight from their collective history. All questions are welcome! 

4:45 to 6 p.m. Dinner Break

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Room: Salon M

'We’ve Got Your Back' Roundtable Discussion

Get to know other members of this tight-knit equine community, share your experiences, and learn from each other.

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Questions about the International Hoof-Care Summit?

Contact American Farriers journal
by phone at (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388;
by fax at (262) 786-5564;
by email at

To learn about sponsorship opportunities contact Jeremy McGovern
at (262) 777-2410 or

To learn about group attendance discounts contact Dallas Ziebell
at (262) 777-2412 or

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