Allie Hayes

Party Of Five

Trio of vets, two farriers earn Hall Of Fame recognition

Allie Hayes, the first woman voted into the International Hall Of Fame, received her plaque and congratulations from Frank Lessiter, editor/publisher of American Farriers Journal, during the International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The membership of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame and the International Equine Veterinarians Hall Of Fame increased by five during ceremonies at the International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, during February.

The five members of the Class of 2009 were honored for their work on behalf of horses, horse owners and the hoof-care community.

Veterinarians who were honored included Donald Walsh, Michael Steward and Phil Edler, while farrier inductees were Allie Hayes, and Ray Legel.

Frank Lessiter, editor/publisher of the American Farriers Journal, which sponsors the International Hoof-Care Summit, congratulated this year’s inductees for careers he characterized as “inspirational and impassioned, and which have had a significant impact on elevating the level of hoof health, care and management.”

Here is a look at the members of the Class of 2009.

Donald Walsh, DVM  Pacific, Mo.

Donald Walsh’s career changed when he encountered a series of particularly devastating laminitis cases after he’d already been operating the Homestead Equine Hospital for 14 years.

“As a doctor of veterinary medicine with a pledge to alleviate suffering, I felt helpless to ease the pain caused by this debilitating disease,” recalls the 1969 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine. “That’s when I became intent on discovering the underlying causes as a first step toward implementing an effective…

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Toby Raymond

Toby Raymond is a horse owner and freelance writer who lives in Vermont. She is a frequent contributor to American Farriers Journal.

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