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Gwen Nardi of The Plains, Va., at the 9th annual International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati. Nardi says learning is a big part of her success, and she advises young farriers to seek new ways to learn throughout their careers
This year’s Rising Shoeing Star winners are Gwen Nardi, Maximo Gomez and Armando Herrera. The winners received a plaque showcasing their award, a 1-year subscription to American Farriers Journal, shoeing aprons and a back support from China Horseshoes and the AFJ “Kitchen Sink” package — a 3,406-page footcare reference package that includes eight “Farrier Classics” books, seven additional shoeing books, 28 Special Hoof-Care Reports, an AFJ cap and Summit shirt.
All three winners received free registration to the 9th annual International Hoof-Care Summit. Nardi, the grand-prize winner, also received $1,000 while Gomez and Herrera each received $500, which they can use to further their hoof-care education.
The Rising Shoeing Star program is co-sponsored by Apex Tool Group/Diamond, Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center, G.E. Forge & Tool, Life Data Labs, Purcell Farrier Supply, Vettec and American Farriers Journal.
The 2011 Rising Shoeing Star grand-prize winner, Gwen Nardi, is a 2008 graduate from the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, Ky.