A Young Farrier Shares Advice for Others with Aspirations

American Farriers Journal established the Rising Shoeing Star award program in 2008. This program recognizes farriers making incredible progress in their first 3 years after farrier school. In partnership with industry suppliers, the program highlights the importance of education and motivates new farriers to succeed

The 2022 program sponsors include Equine Medical and Surgical Associates, Pyranha, Straight Arrow Products, Vetericyn and American Farriers Journal.

This year’s winner is Marie Miyake of Tokyo, Japan. Miyake was awarded apprenticeships and was among the farriers who provided hoof care during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, for displaying her exceptional skills and dedication after graduating from Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, Calif. This horseshoeing school graduate provides insight into her journey and offers advice to others with similar aspirations.

Q. What are your most proud accomplishments in and out of school?

A. There are two things, both of which revolve around encounters. The first is going to the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School and meeting its people. I owe my current self to this school and the people there. The second was during my American Farrier’s Association (AFA) examination. I value a multitude of individuals who have and continue to inspire me.

Q. What are some major obstacles you had to overcome? How did you overcome them?

A. Those would be language and visa issues. Regarding language, everyone was incredibly patient and helpful in communicating with me at first when I could barely speak it. I had studied English before I…

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Alexis marshall

Alexis Marshall

Alexis Marshall is an editorial intern with American Farriers Journal. She is pursuing a graduate degree in screenwriting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif.

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