Steve Teichman

Going for the Gold Every Day

Pennsylvania farrier Steve Teichman’s clients benefit from the approach he’s polished on the international circuit

Steve Teichman, who has been the farrier for the United States Equestrian Team during the last three Summer Olympic Games, shapes a shoe during a shoeing stop in Pennsylvania.

The “fall-back” date from Daylight Saving Time is still a few days away, so Steve Teichman is preparing his truck for his day of Shoeing For A Living in the dark here in Chester County, a short drive southwest of Philadelphia.

Chester County Farrier Associates, the multi-farrier service that Teichman has been a partner in since the late 1980s, rents space in a complex used by a plumbing company in Downingtown. Teichman and his partner, Todd Meister, operate with a pair of apprentices and office manager Jessica Arthur. Today, Ben Fenstermacher, an apprentice who has just wrapped up his second summer show season working with Chester County, will ride along with Teichman. Dan Martzall, the other apprentice has been shoeing six years and is a graduate of Kentucky Horseshoeing School.

Chester County Farrier Associates also has “a couple of other guys” who ride along on a less-regular basis, according to Teichman. The service has a well-earned reputation in the equine community. Both Teichman and Meister, who is also a veterinarian, are known for combining craftsmanship with equine knowledge to benefit their clients.

7 a.m. Teichman is preparing for a light to normal day on this Thursday in October — typical, he says, for this time of year, which provides a much-needed respite between the hectic summer show season and the winter…

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Pat tearney

Pat Tearney

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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