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Cornell University’s heritage and tradition of advancing farriery is one of the truly great ones among American institutions of higher learning. A tribute to that tradition is nearing the end of a yearlong run at the Ithaca, N.Y., school. Display cases in two different atriums in the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine feature artfully done and informative exhibits of photos, tools, shoes and other materials that lay out the history of the program as well as the contributions of some of the school’s celebrated resident farriers, from Henry Asmus to current resident farrier Michael Wildenstein. If you’re going to be near Ithaca in the next few weeks and have an interest in horseshoeing, plan on stopping by.
The Southern New England Farrier’s Association recently bestowed its “Lifetime Achievement” award on Ken DeRoche. The award recognizes an individual whose “lifetime experience and accomplishments exemplify uncommon devotion to farriery, fellowship and family and whose shoeing career has continually elevated the craft to a higher level of excellence.”
In the November, 2004, issue of The Eagle, SNEFA’s newsletter, John Blombach noted that DeRoche “has played a vital role” with the association, “opening his shop to welcome farriers and those interested in learning the art of blacksmithing.”
The award was formally presented during a ceremony at DeRoche’s shop in Derry, N.H., during October.
Scott Morrison, the equine veterinarian and farrier who heads up the podiatry practice at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington…