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New Years Sees Birth of New Farrier Group

American Association of Professional Farriers to stress inclusiveness, continuing education


Officers and Executive Board members of the American Association of Professional Farriers include (left to right): Bryan Quinsey, Shelbyville, Ky., executive director; Steve Prescott, APF, CJF, Hardeeville, S.C., Scott Lampert, APF, Lake Elmo, Minn.; Jennifer Horn, APF, CJF, Dafter, Mich.; Roy Bloom, APF, CJF, Drummond, Wis.; Jeff Ridley, APF, CJF, TE, Leighton, Iowa, president; Dave Farley, APF, CF, Coshocton, Ohio, vice president; Ed Reardon, APF, CJF, Lone Jack, Mo., treasurer; Bob Pethick, APF, CJF, Califon, N.J.; Doug Workman, APF, CJF, Cleveland, Ga.; and Dave Dawson, APF, Uxbridge, Ontario.

There is a new entry in the roster of farrier organizations with the birth of the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF), whose founding members stress its commitment to education, communication and inclusivity.

The organization went public on Jan. 1, 2012, but the planning process has been going on since early 2011. Teaser videos featuring members of the AAPF Board of Directors began circulating over the web via social media during December.

Jeff Ridley of Leighton, Iowa, AAPF president, stressed in a telephone interview that the organization is not trying to take the place of any other organization.

“We have told officers with other organizations that we are absolutely not trying to take their place or compete with them,” he says. “Our goal is to go down some avenues that haven’t been traveled before. We want to make things better for all of us.”

Dave Farley of Coschocton, Ohio, AAPF vice president, told American Farriers Journal editors that the members are particularly…

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