Honorary membership offers benefits for both the organization and those who receive it

YOU CAN’T LIVE in the past, but that doesn’t mean that a shoeing organization should turn its back on those who first forged it.
The Iowa Professional Farrier’s Association (IPFA) has found a way to honor its founders that also helps ensure that current members can keep drawing on their expertise.
Jeff Ridley of Leighton, Iowa, the current president, says the Iowa organization recently honored its four founder by naming them lifetime honorary members. Leroy Calvert, Patton, Iowa, Dick Harris, South English, Iowa, Bob Urich, Des Moines, Iowa, and Ray Legal, Janesville, Iowa, received plaques during the organization’s spring clinic.
The four are credited with founding the IPFA on Jan. 26, 1985, and are well-known for being willing to share their shoeing expertise. Harris is also a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.
There’s more to the recognition than plaques, according to Ridley. The honorary memberships keep those members on the organization’s rolls and allows them to participate in all activities without having to pay annual dues.
That can be a nice perk as members retire from their shoeing careers. It also lets younger members continue to interact with the older members and continue to benefit from their knowledge.

That Tool You Just Had To Try

There’s an old adage that says artificial fishing lures sold at bait and tackle shops aren’t designed so much to catch a fish as to catch a fisherman. The same thing seems to be true of certain farrier tools.
Adam Pendleton, Port Clinton, Ohio, corral reporter and secretary of the Mideast Farriers Association (MEFA) seems to have come up with a way for some of his organization’s members get rid of some of those tools they tried and found wanting. In a recent newsletter, Pendleton said MEFA President Steve Muir, Johnstown, Ohio, wanted to know if anyone was interested in a swap meet. Pendleton noted that swap meets usually involve handmade items or tools that farriers want to sell or trade.
He offered this suggestion from his own experience.
“I know everyone has purchased tools in the past because they were interesting or (because they) wanted to try them out, only to find that they did not perform as expected,” Pendleton wrote. “Now they have gathered dust on your work bench or — even worse — they lay in the shoeing truck where you have to move them out of your way a minimum of 10 times a day.”
Pendleton suggests other “pack rats” like him could bring such items to a swap meet and see if another farrier might be interested. It sounds like a good idea to us. Maybe there could even be a special table or category for these items at swap meets. Remember, one farrier’s unused junk could be another shoer’s treasure!

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This column aims to share useful information and news tidbits among local shoeing organizations, clinic sponsors and others interested in the shoeing industry. If your organization has come up with a clinic idea, a shoeing tip, or anything else that might be of benefit to other organizations, call Pat Tearney at (800) 645-8455 or (262) 782-4480. You can also e-mail the information to ptearney@lesspub.com, fax it to (262) 782-1252 or mail it to American Farriers Journal, P.O. BOX 624, Brookfield, WI 53008-0624