Remembering Hank McEwan

The legacy of this horseshoer will live on through the work of the many farriers he taught and inspired

Hank McEwan

On March 29, Hank McEwan of Merritt, British Columbia, passed away, leaving behind a legacy of horseshoeing and farrier students. He often is referred to as the father of Canadian farriery and was one of the founding members of the Western Canadian Farrier’s Association (WCFA) and the American Farrier’s Association.

After beginning his career as a cowboy shoer in the Canadian prairies in 1948, McEwan became the first instructor at the Porterville Horseshoeing School in California. In 1981, he became the chief instructor at the Kwantlen College Farrier Program in Langley, B.C. When he retired from teaching in 1995, he had more than 700 farrier graduates to his credit.

The 2003 inductee of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame is often described as unselfish and humble, and served the industry by being an active member in numerous farrier organizations while acting as a clinician and certification tester. He was a teacher and friend to many in this industry and will be dearly missed.

A Great Man

I met Hank in October of 2002 through a mutual friend, Larri Woodrow, when I was invited on the Haller Ride. Larri arranged for me to ride Hank’s horse. Hank taught me three lessons that fall:

When riding in the mountains and you are told to do the back cinch up, do it up tight. Hank really meant tight. He came along to check my gear and I was told, “It was there for a purpose, not for decoration.” Here, we barely make…

To view the full article, please subscribe or login.
 Premium content is for our Digital-only and Premium subscribers. A Print-only subscription doesn't qualify. Please purchase/upgrade a subscription with the Digital product to get access to all American Farriers Journal content and archives online.
Jamie_headshot_0814

Jaime Elftman

Jamie Elftman is a former editorial intern for American Farriers Journal and Lessiter Media.

Top Articles

Current Issue

Cover_AFJ_0718_pub.jpg

American Farriers Journal

American Farriers Journal is the “hands-on” magazine for professional farriers, equine veterinarians and horse care product and service buyers.
View More

Must Read Free Eguides

Download these helpful knowledge building tools

View More
Top Directory Listings