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Six individuals were honored for outstanding careers in footcare during Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies at the 16th annual International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Farriers Mike Savoldi, Don Gustafson and John Boyne joined the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, while Duncan Peters, Melvin “Tookie” Myers and Lars Roepstorff were added to the International Equine Veterinarian Hall Of Fame.
In more than 40 years as a farrier and horseshoeing instructor, Mike Savoldi has put a strong emphasis on researching the equine foot to not only see how farriers are shoeing the hoof but to understand how shoeing affects the hoof. He was the resident farrier at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, the premiere research facility on the campus of California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.
Savoldi has also been named farrier science/animal and veterinary science instructor, in addition to being professor emeritus from 1973 to 2004. He was named the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) Educator of the Year in 2005. With more than 5,000 hoof dissections, Savoldi has become director of The Equine Research center in Shandon, Calif., leading to his Uniform Sole Thickness theory of trimming. For almost 2 decades, his theory on trimming has affected how farriers go about trimming the hoof.
“His lecture on Uniform Sole Thickness and the indication of pathologies of the pedal bone in relation to hoof capsule distortion and shape, was an inspiration for not only myself but for countless others in conducting research…