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TABLE TALK. Attendees gather around the speakers’ table after a presentation on glue-on shoes at the International Hoof-Care Summit.
The menu of new scientific theory, fresh looks at traditional ideas and concepts, footcare case histories, challenging speakers, opportunities for networking and ample time for visiting a well-stocked trade show proved to be very much to the taste of more than 800 farriers, equine veterinarians and other hoof-care professionals who attended the third annual International Hoof-Care Summit, in Cincinnati, Ohio, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3.
“In just three years, the Summit has proven to be the best farrier conference you’ll find anywhere in the world,” said David Nichols, an associate of the Worshipful Company Of Farriers Of Great Britain, who presented a case history at the Summit.
Nichols was far from the events only international speaker. Australian farrier David Farmilo, Scottish researcher Susan Kempson and Canadian researcher Jeff Thomason also were on the roster of more than 30 speakers, who covered an eclectic range of topics.
“Every year, we face the challenge of putting together a program that will have topics of interest to a very diverse audience of people interested in better hoof care,” said Frank Lessiter, editor and publisher of American Farriers Journal. “We spend a lot of time going through surveys from previous years and talking to past attendees to find out what kind of speakers and presentations they want to see. We take each suggestion seriously. And if we can’t get a particular speaker one year…