Remembering Red Renchin

Friends and colleagues celebrate the Hall of Fame farrier’s life and his generosity to the industry

The farrier industry lost a mentor and true gentleman when Red Renchin unexpectedly passed away on Aug 29. The International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame farrier and technical editor of American Farriers Journal was 70 years old.

Several co-workers paid tribute to him in this article. In addition, you are welcome to post your thoughts on Red and his outstanding career here as well.

Renchin started shoeing while still attending high school in Albert Lea, Minn. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he continued to develop his footcare talents and later became well known for his work with hunters and jumpers at all levels of competition, including the Olympics.

Renchin operated a successful multi-farrier practice for many years in Mequon, Wis., and served his clients during the winter months in Wellington, Fla.

After a serious illness forced his retirement, he became an award-winning writer for American Farriers Journal. He was an American Farrier’s Association certified farrier, an honorary life member of the American Association of Professional Farriers and the Upper Midwest Horseshoers Association. A frequent speaker at the International Hoof-Care Summit, he also served as an outstanding clinician at a number of hoof-care events around the country.

Renchin’s colleagues and friends will remember him for his undying passion for the farrier industry and his love of the people within it. Here is what colleagues had to say about his numerous contributions to the industry.

Please share your own memories of Red in the comments section below.

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