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Rising Shoeing Star winner Jake Giguere accepts congratulations from Bob Smith of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School.
Three young horseshoers were recognized for outstanding career progress in the equine footcare field during the 10th International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio. These individuals were named as Rising Shoeing Stars in a program that promotes the importance of further footcare education while encouraging young shoers to succeed in their careers.
The program is co-sponsored by six leading equine footcare industry suppliers that include G.E. Forge & Tool, Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center, Life Data Labs, Purcell Farrier Supply, R.J. Mathews Co. and Vettec.
This year’s program honored three up-and-coming farriers who graduated from horseshoeing school in 2009 and have spent the past 3 years establishing their equine footcare careers.
The farriers that were honored during the Summit were Jake Giguere of Smithers, British Columbia; Justin Court of La Grange, Ky.; and Wayne Whitson of Viola, Del. Giguere received a $1,000 check while the other two farriers each received $500 to further their hoof-care education.
The first Canadian to be named as a Rising Shoeing Star in the program’s 5-year history, Giguere is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, Calif. He handles the footcare work of more than 300 horses in Northern British Columbia and works closely on therapeutic shoeing concerns with most of the equine veterinarians that are located within 75 miles of his home.
“Jake has accomplished in less than 3 years…