Gilbert, Ariz., farrier Pat Gallahan passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018. He was 57.

Gallahan was an American Farrier’s Assn. (AFA) certification examiner and former chairman of the certification committee.

The AFA released a statement yesterday on Facebook offering its condolences.

“As a current examiner of the certification committee and past chairman, you have given so much to the association,” according to the statement. “You will be greatly missed by so many.”

Kelly Halvorsen, Gallahan’s sister, posted a statement on their family’s CaringBridge page as well.

“He did a lot in his 57 years, but we all wanted more time with him,” according to the entry. “Do you suppose horses in heaven need shoes? If so, they've got the best farrier to care for them now.”

A celebration of Gallahan’s life will be at 6 p.m. June 16, 2018, at Superstition Springs Golf Club, 6542 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206. Please RSVP to Kelly Halvorsen at

Donations can be made to support the family via their CaringBridge site.