Farriers Honored as Rising Shoeing Stars

Trio recognized for an outstanding start to their young careers

Three young farriers who have made exceptional professional progress within 3 years of graduating from farrier school were honored at the 20th annual International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio

Marie Miyake of Tokyo, Japan; Colton Ellis of Kearneysville, W.Va.; and David Reed of Carbondale, Kan.; were recognized as the 2023 recipients of the Rising Shoeing Star Award. Each winner received $500, a plaque, a 1-year subscription to American Farriers Journal, the AFJ “Kitchen Sink” package (a footcare library with more than 3,500 pages of reference material) and free registration to the Summit. The schools that produced the three winners also received plaques and copies of the Kitchen Sink package.

The award, which was created in 2009, is co-sponsored by Pyranha, Equine Medical and Surgical Associates, Straight Arrow Products and Vetericyn.

Nominate a Rising Shoeing Star

To nominate a farrier who graduated from a footcare school in 2020, please send a letter detailing when your nominee graduated, what shoeing school they attended and what they’ve accomplished since graduating.

The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2023. Mail your nomination to American Farriers Journal, P.O. Box 624, Brookfield, WI 53008-0624, or email it to Jeff Cota at jcota@lessitermedia.com.

Marie Miyake


When Miyake arrived at Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, Calif., she spoke no English. She used an app on her phone that translated written and spoken English into Japanese and Japanese into English. Despite the language limitations, Miyake insisted on taking all written exams in English and passed…

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