Contact: Jean Meneley
(775) 233-9937

Erin Carey of Grantham, New Hampshire has just graduated from the Cornell Farrier Program.  This is an extensive program within the College of Veterinarian Medicine at Cornell University at Ithaca, New York.

Erin says that as a young girl her biggest aspiration was to become a veterinarian.  After taking many equine related classes at the University of New Hampshire she came to realize that she was more interested specifically in equine lameness and farrier science.  This type of dedication is what Edward Martin would have wanted of a recipient of the scholarship named after him. 

The EMP Scholarship Fund was begun in 2008 by EMP Competition Committee members to commemorate Martin’s contribution to the education of American farriers.  From a small village in Scotland Mr. Martin travelled broadly around the globe to share his love of blacksmithing and farriery.

For several decades the Martin family put on a world class draft horse shoeing competition in their village of Closeburn.  Farriers travelled from all over the globe to compete against each other on the massive Clydesdale horses of the area.

It is in the same spirit that the Edward Martin Perpetual Competition is held every September at the Draft Horse Classic in Grass Valley, CA.  Following the same guidelines as in the Closeburn contest, competitors shoe draft horses using hot coke forges to build shoes from straight bar stock. Sparks fly and smoke boils as a line of horses are shod against the clock. 

We wish Erin every success as she pursues her studies in the world of farriery.

For more for more information about the Edward Martin Perpetual Competition or Scholarship Fund contact:  Bill Merfy, CJF, (702) 217-7366