Hoof care professionals have a unique Cyber Monday opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done and support an organization dedicated to farrier education. The American Farrier's Association kicked off its first-ever online auction on the internet's biggest shopping day of the year, but farriers will be able to bid on these high-quality items through Dec. 18.
Historically, the AFA has hosted a live auction to garner financial support for its key programs — Certification, Pre-Certification, Cultural Exchange, Equine Research and the American Farriers Team, to name a few — at the conclusion of its annual convention, which takes place in March. Since the 2021 convention has been delayed until November of next year, the AFA is offering an online alternative.
The auction will be accessible 24/7, from any internet-connected device. After registering, participants can easily search for items and opportunities that might be of interest and create a watchlist to monitor their favorite; they'll also received notifications if they are outbid so they can quickly regain the lead if they so choose. When the auction concludes, winners will receive an automatically generated invoice that can be paid securely online.
Highlighted auction items include:
- Ride-along and shop time with AFA Pre-Certification Chairman Hank Chisholm, CJF. The winner of this auction opportunity will work one-on-one with Chisholm to either improve their skills or prepare for certification.
- Traditional forged and assembled copper flower belt buckle by Jennifer Horn, CJF of Daisy Hill Forge.
- Raised anvil coffee mug. Each mug is individually hand-crafted and will be unlike any other.
Representing professional farriers, veterinarians, suppliers and horse owners, the AFA is the oldest and largest membership organization for the farrier industry in North America. Setting the standard for excellence in hoof care, the AFA provides professional development, certification, leadership and resources for the benefit of the farrier industry and the welfare of the horse.