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AFA Celebrates 40 Years

Lexington convention marks the beginning of the American Farrier’s Association’s fifth decade


The 2011 American Farriers Team includes Mike Augentstein, Daniel Jones, Ben Mangan, and Jason Bromley, with Bryan Osborne as first alternate and Marc Schneider as second alternate. Conrad Trow will manage the team.

Hundreds of horseshoers made their way to the heart of Bluegrass Country during the first week of March as the American Farrier’s Association held its annual convention in Lexington, Ky.

The March 1-4 event was the AFA’S 40th convention and was co-hosted by the Derby City Horseshoeing Association.

As always, the event featured shoeing competitions, an educational program, an auction, the Farrier Industry Association Marketplace and closed with the annual banquet and awards program.

Events were split between the Lexington Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park.

The annual AFA auction raised $12,596, with a forged grapevine wine rack drawing the evening’s highest bid of $1,350. The Western States Farrier Association donated the wine rack. A hand-forged coffee table donated by the Alabama Professional Farriers Association, drew the next highest bid at $1,100.

Educational highlights included presentations by the husband-wife team of Jessica Morgan, DVM, and Dallas Morgan, CJF, DWCF, of Morgan Equine Veterinary and Farrier Hospital of Locke, N.Y., and lectures on equine law by attorney Laura D’Angelo,

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Farrier Mike Augenstein, a member of the 2010 American Farriers Team, participated in the 2011 National Forging and Horseshoeing Competition at the Kentucky Horse Park during the American Farriers Association convention in Lexington. Augenstein, from Stockport, Ohio, also made the 2011 team and…

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