Eddie Watson

Virginia Farriers Plan Eddie Watson Day

September Clinic to honor Hall Of Fame Shoer

AT THE ANVIL. Eddie Watson, shown competing in the Vern Hornquist Memorial Competition at the 2006 AFA Convention in Omaha.

Eddie Watson, the Keswick, Va., farrier, has had a hand in helping along a lot of shoers and veterinarians during his long career — not to mention horses.

And during September, a lot of people will be getting together to tell him thanks.

The Virginia Horseshoers Association (VHA) will be hosting an “Eddie Watson Appreciation Day” clinic on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Hockaday Hill Farm in Spotsylvania.

Watson, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame and an American Farrier’s Association certified journeyman farrier, is currently being treated for colon cancer. The VHA will be honoring Watson for his “unwavering dedication to the farrier industry” and invites friends, family and peers to come out and spend the day with him.

Clinicians for the event will include Shayne Carter, Roy Bloom, Dave Farley and Dan Burke.

Details of the event are still being finalized. Those planning on attending should contact Butch or Connie Hockaday at (540) 582-5486 or e-mail bulldogtools@wildblue.net 

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Southern Horseshoers On Education (SHOE) held its annual Born to Forge Contest Mind Games as part of the organization’s “Big Weekend.”

The Mind Games, hosted by Ben and Ann Pierce of Pierce Farrier Supply, was held at Third Charm Training Center in Midland, N.C. The Mind Games use a Q&A format similar to a 4-H Horse Bowl, but all the questions are about…

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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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