AFA Experiences Southern Hospitality, Alabama Style

Organization gathers in Mobile for 41st convention

Veterans Billy Lewis, right, and James Jinright teamed up in the two-man draft competition.

The 41st annual American Farrier’s Association convention was held in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 27 to March 3. The Alabama Professional Farriers Association served as hosts and attendees enjoyed warm weather and breezes off the gulf, flavored by a combination of Southern hospitality and Mardi Gras style fun. As always, the event featured shoeing competitions, hoof-care learning opportunities and a trade show.

The annual banquet and awards program, which closed the event, featured the passing of the president’s gavel from Buck McClendon to Tom Trosin.

Auction Results

The annual auction took in a total of $7,993. Proceeds were divided as follows:

General fund: $3,276.

American Farriers Team: $2,060.

Cultural Exchange: $1,477.

Equine Research: $400.

Farrier Relief Fund: $100.

Jim Linzy Fund: $680.


Judge Billy Crothers examines a shoe during the live shoeing competition.

Election Results

President: Tom Trosin, CF, Los Angeles, Calif.

President Elect: John Blombach, CJF, Westminster, Mass.

Vice President: Margie Lee-Gustafson, CJF, Palo Alto, Calif. (appointed by the Board of Directors).

Region 1 Director: Ruben Davalos, Sultan, Wash.

Region 2 Director: Phil Fischer, CJF, Hastings, Neb.

Region 3 Director: Tim Dodd, CJF, Broadview Heights, Ohio (appointed by the Board of Directors).

Region 4 Director: Diane Lemmon, CJF, Salley, S.C.

Region 5 Director: Sean McClure, CJF, Worcester, Mass.

Region 1 Director: Jeremiah Harris, CJF, Cave Creek, Ariz. (appointed by the Board of Directors to fill the vacancy created when Margie Lee-Gustafson was appointed vice president).

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