THE CLASS OF 2002. Joining the elite ranks of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame this year are (left to right) Henry Heymering, Lester Hollenback and Seamus Brady.
The horseshoeing business certainly owes a tremendous amount of gratitude to this year’s three inductees into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame.
While it’s noble enough just to be in a profession doing back-breaking work for an entire lifetime, it’ s certainly another thing to advance the business for future generations. This year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame, Seamus Brady of Bridgewater, N.J.,
Henry Heymering of Frederick, Md., and Lester Hollenback of Deltona, Fla., all have helped move the practice of horseshoeing into the 21st century.
Brady, Heymering and Hollenback were nominated by fellow farriers, trainers, owners, family and friends.
Once nominations were in, the list was trimmed to 54 candidates, who were then voted on by the current members of the Hall of Fame. Sponsored jointly by American Farriers Journal and the Kentucky Derby Museum, the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame now has 78 members.
Seamus Brady, Bridgewater, N.J.
After becoming part of the Irish Equestrian Team as a shoer when he was only 10 years old, Seamus Brady brought his skills to the United States at the invitation of the United State Equestrian Team and eventually became an official farrier of the U.S. Olympic Team, a position in which he has served for many years.
Having been in the business for more than 40 years, it is thought that Brady has shod more world champion hunter/ jumpers in the United States and Europe than any other farrier living today.
The likeable Irishman has always been willing to share his shoeing knowledge with shoers and a number of today’s outstanding farriers have apprenticed with him over the years.
Henry Heymering, Frederick, Md.
With an interest in riding since age 12, Henry Heymering was shoeing horses by age 16 and attended Bud Beaston’s Oklahoma Farriers College by age 23.
One of the most important lessons Heymering learned while in shoeing school was that current innovations in farriery were not being recorded into print. He figured farriers needed access to this information and in 1975 the American Farriers Journal was born.
Putting in 80 hours a week between his shoeing practice and running the magazine, Heymering sold the American Farriers Journal in 1980. In the years following the sale, Heymering completed an extensive historical bibliography of all the shoeing books throughout the years, which is entitled On The Horse’s Foot.
Besides being one of the earliest members of the American Farrier’s Association, Heymering later helped form the Guild of Professional Horse Shoers.
Lester Hollenback, Deltona, Fla.
Lester Hollenback’s shoeing story has been an illustrious one spanning decades and continents.
Serving in Burma during World War II as a part of Merrill’s Marauders (a famous infantry troop), Hollenback would walk 15 miles-a-day, fight the enemy and then shoe mules at night. After his cavalry days were over in 1947, Hollenback returned to the United States to begin a domestic shoeing career.
By 1965, Hollenback founded the Midwest Farrier School in Macomb, Ill., where he went on to educate countless farriers. In 1971, he sold the school and moved to Florida, beginning a 14-year shoeing run at the Ben White Raceway in Orlando. His time was well spent as he shod for some of the best Standardbred trainers in the world.
Hollenback now spends most of his time as a respected speaker and clinician.