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Six Honored For Outstanding Hoof-Care Careers

Three farriers and three veterinarians are inducted into Halls Of Fame for their life-long achievement in the footcare field

Three farriers and three veterinarians were honored for their outstanding work in equine footcare during Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies at the 12th annual International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Farriers Mark Caldwell, Rusty Brown and Mitch Taylor were inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, while Willem Back, Raul Bras and Raymond Geor were inducted into the International Equine Veterinarian Hall Of Fame.

International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame

Rusty Brown of Riverside, Calif., has been shoeing horses for more than a half-century. He joined the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) in 1972 and has been a staunch supporter of the organization and farriers ever since. Brown served as the chairman of the Awards Committee from 1990-97 and also served as president of the Western States Farrier Association from 1983-87.

Brown is known throughout the farrier industry for crafting beautiful jewelry. He has put his beautiful craftsmanship to good work by supporting numerous farrier functions throughout the years with sponsorships, award pins, belt buckles and other pieces of unique jewelry that he has made.

“This is the most humbling thing,” Brown says. “Frank (Lessiter) called me and said, ‘You’re always the first one here at the Summit and the first to leave. You can’t do that this year. You’re being inducted.’ The first thing I could say was, ‘Why?’ It’s just so unexpected.”

Mark Caldwell is a senior farrier tutor and the senior researcher at the School of Farrier Science at Myerscough Col­lege in Preston, England, and technical internal verifier…

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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