Shop Talk: April 2018



Pictured Above: The American Farriers Team (left to right): Brian Osborne, Bodie Trnka, Lamar Weaver, Craig Trnka, Travis Smith and William Kiner. Not pictured: member Rusty Wells.

AFA Rocks In Reno

The American Farrier’s Association (AFA) held its 47th annual convention, “Rocking In Reno,” in Reno, Nev., the “Biggest Little City In The World.” The convention was imbued with a fresh energy due to the recent election of a new AFA president for a 2-year term. The convention also featured a lively auction, competition and camaraderie between the attendees.

  • The members of the newly restructured executive committee were announced
    • Travis Burns of Blacksburg, Va., is the new AFA president.
    • Jon Johnson of Palmyra, Pa., is the vice-president.
    • Eric Gilleland of Social Circle, Ga., is the treasurer.
    • Lori McBride of Louisville, Ohio, is the secretary.
  • The participants in the 2018 Cultural Exchange Program will be:
    • Heather Beauchemin of Marengo, Ill.
    • Annabelle Westley of Estes Park, Colo.
  • The Achievement Awards were presented as follows
    • Benjamin Barhorst of Minster, Ohio, won the Certified Farrier (CF) Written High Score.
    • Marshall Speer of Branch, Ariz., won the CF Practical High Score.
    • Erika Mørup of Toender, Denmark, won the Certified Tradesman Farrier (CTF) Written High Score and the CTF Practical High Score.
    • Gregg Kremer of Aurora, Neb., and Dean Norbeck of Elkins, Ariz., both won the Certified Journeyman Farrier (CJF) Written High Score.
    • Daniel Brown of Hillsboro, Tenn., won the CJF Practical High Score.
    • John Voigt of Carbondale, Ill., won the Allen Smith Award For Excellence…
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