Farriers work hard year-round to provide quality hoof care for horses worldwide. To honor their dedication and service, American Farriers Journal created National Farriers Week. In its 15th year, National Farriers Week is an opportunity to honor your farrier. We think it is important for horse owners, trainers, riders, grooms, veterinarians and others in the equine community to say "thanks" for all of the terrific work farriers do. 

Although we hope appreciation is shown all year long, we're encouraging everyone to acknowledge farriers' hard work from July 7-13, 2013. 

American Farriers Journal is again going to spotlight farriers based on your feedback. From now until July 1, we encourage horse owners, groomers, trainers, etc., to submit pictures and videos of their farrier working with their horses, and share why they appreciate their farrier. Addtionally, they can tell us a story about their farrier.

If you are a farrier making a difference in the industry, send us your pictures and tell us a unique story of how you helped improve a horse's life. This year, we will also be accepting video submissions. Share a brief video with us of yourself talking about a mentor who has made a difference in your career. We will be featuring your stories, and the stories horse owners share with us during National Farriers Week on Facebook, Twitter and AmericanFarriers.com.

Great or small, we want to hear everything farriers are doing to support the industry. You can submit your photos, videos and stories to Michelle Sauer at msauer@lesspub.com. Be sure to include your full name and location with your submission (if you are a horse owner, please include your farrier's full name and location as well).

American Farriers Journal has also posted a certificate for National Farriers Week that horse owners can download and personalize for their farriers. It can be downloaded at www.americanfarriers.com/ff/2013NFW.