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Rising Shoeing Star Shares Insights to Success as a Young Farrier

Good business practices are equally as important as good shoeing skills

Every year, American Farriers Journal recognizes three Rising Shoeing Stars for their work in the industry and aspirations as future hoof-care leaders. The three winners include runners-up Elise Umstead of Prince George, Va., and Benjamin Haar of Utica, N.Y., along with first-place winner Payden Talbott of Pulaski, Wis

Each recipient receives a plaque, a 1-year subscription to AFJ, the AFJ “Kitchen Sink” package, consisting of a footcare library of more than 3,500 pages of material and free registration to the International Hoof-Care Summit. Additionally, the first-place winner, Talbott, received $1,000 while the two runners-up each took home $500. The schools that produced the winners also receive plaques and AFJ’s “Kitchen Sink” package. 

The award, created in 2009, is co-sponsored by Adeptus Nutrition Inc., American Farriers Journal, Pyranha and Texas Farrier Supply. 

First-place Rising Shoeing Star winner Payden Talbott shares his advice for success in farriery for future hoof-care professionals. 

Having grown up with horses in Wyoming, Payden Talbott began developing his horsemanship skills at an early age. These experiences and a deep desire to work with horses led Talbott to Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo. Talbott spent a summer break working with farrier Joe Nygren of Pulaski, Wis., which led to a great mentorship. 

Farrier Takeaways

  • Building a successful farrier practice not only entails shoeing horses, but also learning about setting up your business.
  • Participating in local farrier associations can increase your knowledge base and connect you with other farriers to advise and encourage you.

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