Frequently Asked Questions About The International Hoof-Care Summit...

Who Should Attend The International Hoof-Care Summit?

ALL equine hoof-care professionals!

  • Farriers
  • Farrier Apprentices
  • Farrier School Students
  • Veterinarians
  • Vet Techs
  • Horse Owners
  • Farrier Suppliers
  • Farrier Equipment Manufacturers

Why Should I Attend The International Hoof-Care Summit?

No other event gives you a 4-day learning opportunity featuring 73 targeted sessions that deliver the latest research, ideas and tools to help you build a better footcare practice and increase your value to hoof-care clients — increasing YOUR profits!

The IHCS features over 40 top-notch farriers, veterinarians and equine professionals in the industry, reporting on the latest trends and topics critical to the hoof-care industry today.

The world’s LARGEST footcare product trade show features over 125 exhibitors displaying all the latest hoof-care products and tools that will make your life easier as a hoof-care provider.

You are given an outstanding, unparalleled opportunity to network with fellow hoof-care professionals, experts, session presenters and exhibitors.

On average, Summit attendees take home more than $5,000 in ready-to-use hoof-care ideas.

How do I register for the International Hoof-Care Summit?

There are five easy ways to register for the 2015 International Hoof-Care Summit:

  • Online
    Register online at our secure website.
  • Mail
    Download a registration form and mail it to:
    International Hoof-Care Summit
    P.O. Box 624
    Brookfield, WI 53008-0624
  • Fax
    Download a registration form and fax it to: (262) 786-5564
  • Phone
    Call toll-free from within the U.S. and Canada at (866) 839-8455, or (262) 432-0388. Students and apprentices may register by calling (866) 839-8455. Please be sure to have your credit card handy.
  • On Site
    Sign up by visiting our registration booth on the second floor of the Duke Energy Convention Center during the International Hoof-Care Summit.

How do I make a hotel reservation for the International Hoof-Care Summit?

The International Hoof-Care Summit host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, is sold out. You may call the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, which is located at 35 W. Fifth St., Cincinnati, Ohio  45202. To schedule your reservation, you can call (513) 421-9100 of visit the hotel's website.

Do apprentices and hoof-care students receive a discounted registration rate?

If a farrier is attending the International Hoof-Care Summit, your apprentice can register for only $174.50 — a 54% savings off the full registration price. This offer also is valid for current attendees of a hoof-care school, veterinary student program or veterinary technician program.

How many times can I attend the International Hoof-Care Summit with the apprentice/student discount rate?

There is a limited one-time attendance at the discounted rate for each category.

Where can I park?

There are a number of parking areas surrounding the International Hoof-Care Summit venues. Please click here for more details and a map, as well as here for locations, prices, hours and contact information.

Where can I park an oversized vehicle?

There are two parking lots that can accommodate oversized vehicles and trailers.

All Pro Parking has a lot 413 Plum St., Cincinnati, Ohio, that is about a block an a half south from the Duke Energy Center. Trailers that are as long as 8 feet cost $15. Trailers that are 8 feet to 16 feet cost $24. Those that are more than 16 feet cost $30. For more information, call James Baldwin at 513-335-7623 or email him at

ABM System Parking has a secured lot at 226 Central Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, that is just 3 blocks south of the Duke Energy Center. The cost is $4 for a vehicle and $1 per foot for a trailer (example: an 8-foot trailer will cost $8). The parking lot is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will be locked and inaccessible during all other hours. For more information, call Leron Canup or Mike Abate at 513-929-9200.

How far are the host Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza from the Duke Energy Convention Center?

The Duke Energy Convention Center is at 525 Elm St. and conveniently located across the intersection of Elm and 5th streets from the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, which is at 151 W. 5th St. The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, at 35 W. 5th St., also is conveniently located just two blocks east of the Duke Energy Center. To see where your hotel is in relation to the convention center, please click here to view a map.

Can my spouse attend the sessions with me without being a registered attendee?

Yes, as long as your spouse is not a hoof-care practitioner.

Can I register for next year’s International Hoof-Care Summit while attending this year’s event?

Yes, you may. Please visit the registration area Tuesday, Feb. 3, through Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Duke Energy Convention Center, or our table outside the Friday, Feb. 6, sessions on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency.

Who is speaking and when?

More than 40 top-notch farriers, veterinarians and hoof researchers from around the world will be speaking at the 2015 International Hoof-Care Summit. Click here for a complete schedule of the speakers, as well as their topics and when the presentations will be made.

When and where will the daily general sessions and classrooms take place?

The general sessions will kick off at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Duke Energy Convention Center after two special footcare clinics. The sessions will continue throughout the afternoon.

The general sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will begin at 8 a.m. in the Duke Energy Center. The Wednesday general sessions will give way to your choice of five Hoof-Care Classrooms that begin at 1:15 p.m. The general session will resume at 2:30 p.m.

On Thursday, you will have five more Hoof-Care Classrooms to choose from beginning at 1:15 p.m. The general sessions will resume at 2:30 p.m. and continue until the roundtables begin at 6 p.m.

Friday’s presentations begin at 8 a.m. on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati with your choice of four highly intensive Hoof-Care Classrooms. The general sessions will begin at 9:20 a.m. and will continue until the closing presentation, which will wrap up at 3:15 p.m. Click here for a complete schedule.

When and where will the Hoof-Care Roundtables take place?

There will be 24 total Hoof-Care Roundtables over three sessions. The Roundtables will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency. Click here for a complete schedule.

When and where will the International Hoof-Care Summit Trade Show take place?

You can get your first glimpse of all of the new products for 2015 and talk one-on- one with company experts when the first 3-hour Trade Show session begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. The second session begins at 3:30 p.m. The third and final Trade Show session begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5. Click here for a complete schedule. SmartPak will provide beverages for your refreshment.

If I’m a veterinarian, veterinary technician, British farrier or a member of the American and Canadian Association of Professional Farriers, can I earn continuing education credits?

Yes, you can earn as many as 24 continuing education credit hours by attending International Hoof-Care Summit general sessions and classrooms.

If I already subscribe to American Farriers Journal, do I still get the free 1-year subscription with my registration?

Yes, your free subscription will be added to your current subscription.

Where can I eat?

There are a number of excellent restaurants in the Queen City that surround the Summit venues.

You may purchase lunch inside the Duke Energy Convention Center and take advantage of the valuable networking possibilities in the registration area or the trade show.

Two attendees will win a free dinner Thursday, Feb. 5, at a downtown Cincinnati restaurant with International Hoof-Care Summit speakers Jamie Cooper, an attorney, and her farrier husband Matt Cooper. A dinner with International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame member Esco Buff also will be awarded.

Gift cards to Cincinnati restaurants also will be given away to lucky attendees during the Summit.

Please visit the Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau website for a complete list of restaurants, as well as an interactive map.

Are notepads and pens provided for taking notes during sessions?

There is a note section in your International Hoof-Care Summit program to record all of the valuable information that you will glean from these 4 days of footcare education. SmartPak and American and Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers have generously provided pens that can be found in your registration bag and at the registration desk.