Government Grant Encourages Farrier Education

The farrier science program at Mesalands Community College has been selected to receive an integrated basic education skills training grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will help adult education students succeed in college-level technical programs and complete post-secondary credentials in fields offering good wages and career development.

Amber McClure, director of the center, says students pursuing a farrier science certificate will benefit from the support services and extra instruction offered by instructors. Students pursuing a farrier science certificate may also qualify for financial aid. Farrier instructor Eddy Mardis says the school’s program is designed to give students hands-on experience in horseshoeing and blacksmithing.


More than two dozen attendees at the International Hoof-Care Summit were honored with valuable prizes and awards during the ninth annual event that was held earlier this winter in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Michael Heinrich of Point Pleasant, N.J., and Zadok Leggett of Willowstreet, Pa., had their names drawn to enjoy dinner and talk over legal concerns with IHCS speakers Matt and Jamie Cooper of Cleveland, Texas.
  • Bryan Baire of Rock Hill, S.C., had his name drawn to spend a day with farrier Blake Brown of Penryn, Calif., compliments of the Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center.
  • Dustin Kendrick of Fort Wayne, Ind., had his name drawn to spend a day with farrier Conrad Trow of Shelbyville, Ky., compliments of FPD.
  • Sam Goderwis of Burlington, Ky., had his name drawn to spend a day with farrier Tab Pigg of Azle, Texas, compliments of…
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