Heavy Hitting Panel

Horseshoers Gather In New Mexico’s High Desert Country

American Farrier’s Association officials say Albuquerque convention ranks among the best ever for the organization


HEAVY HITTING PANEL. Moderator R.T. Goodrich (standing at podium), listens as panelists respond to questions during an educational session. From left are Steve Teichman, Jim Quick and Gene Ovnicek. Mike Savoldi, and veterinarians Noel Muller and Bob Racich also participated in the panel.

With the Sandia Mountains looming overhead, members of the American Farrier’s Association gathered along the banks of the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque, N.M., for their annual convention from Feb. 27 to March 3.

The organization’s 36th annual convention was hosted by the New Mexico Professional Horseshoer’s Association. The Albuquerque Hilton was the host hotel and events took place in the nearby Albuquerque Convention Center.

The AFA reported a record turnout and called the event it’s “best Albuquerque convention” ever in its “No Foot, No Horse” newsletter. The AFA has held four previous conventions in Albuquerque, in 1981, 1987, 1993 and 1997.

Among the educational highlights of the convention was a well-attended panel presentation that brought together six of the convention’s top speakers all at the same place and the same time. Attendees could submit written questions to the panel members.

R.T. Goodrich served as moderator of the panel which included well-known farriers and hoof-care researchers Michael Savoldi and Gene Ovnicek, farriers Steve Teichman and Jim Quick and equine veterinarians Noel Muller and Bob Racich.

Goodrich said he thought the panel went very well.

“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “We had a box set out with each guy’s name on it that people could drop questions…

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Pat Tearney is a long-term newspaper and magazine veteran writer and editor. Before retiring, he served for a number of years on the American Farriers Journal staff and continues to share his writing talents with our readers.

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