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Mustad Hoofcare Center has announced the six recipients of its scholarship essay contest for farrier students. Recipients were given a $750 scholarship to help offset the costs of their farrier education.
Participants wrote original essays on “Benefits Of Keeping Horses Shod.” Essays were judged in three categories: Overall best presentation; most suitable for educating horse owners on hoof care and protection; and best description of the importance of shoeing, or “For The Better Of The Horse.”
The recipients of the 2008 Mustad Scholarships are: Alyssa Clermont, Nakusp, British Columbia; Adam Zepf, Cold Spring, Ky.; Jacob Wade, Quaker City, Ohio; David Marshall, Tompkinsville, Ky.; Gordon Norris, Morrison, Colo.; and Charlotte Ruse, Cloverdale, British Columbia.
“Education is a cornerstone value in our mission as a company. Mustad is proud to be supporting the next generation of skilled farriers,” said Carlos Xifra, president of Mustad Hoofcare Center. “We believe that a strong farrier education is critical to ensure the best possible care — for the better of the horse.”
Funds for the scholarships were raised at the 2008 AFA Convention in Lexington, Ky. Mustad, together with Anvil Brand Shoe Co., hosted Farrier Appreciation Night for 400 farrier and industry guests. Mustad matched the funds raised that evening through raffle ticket sales to AFA members; GE Forge & Tool also donated $1,000 to the pool, bringing the evening’s total to $4,500.
Alyssa Clermont currently attends the Advanced Farrier Program at Olds College in Olds, Alberta, and works as a…