A Heartland Horseshoeing School graduate has been awarded a scholarship from a high-profile advocate of blue-collar workers.

Bryanna Solmonson, a Lexington, Mo., farrier, received a Work Ethic Scholarship from the Mike Rowe Works Foundation. She owns and operates Dixie Horseshoeing with her husband Shaun.

Solmonson earned a bachelor’s degree in equine administration from William Woods University in 2018. However, she soon realized that managing a barn wasn’t what she wanted to do. She wanted to work closer with horses rather than people. She learned about Heartland Horseshoeing School, owned and operated by Hall of Fame farrier Chris Gregory, in her home state and gave it a shot.

“There was no excuse not to try,” she told the foundation.

Solmonson successfully completed Heartland’s journeyman farrier exam, allowing her to graduate as a certified farrier. The scholarship allowed her to graduate debt-free.

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