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A Friend To Everyone

In early November, I attended the 38th annual clinic at Danny Ward’s shop ("It All Started Because Someone Wanted To Show Off A Shoeing Truck,” Dec. 2015). Like every year, it was well-attended and featured excellent clinicians.

However, this was a different year for both Danny and myself, as we are no longer the spokespersons of Diamond, as Kerckhaert acquired it this fall. Both Danny and myself expressed a shared belief that the future of Diamond is in good hands with this ownership.

I’ve known Danny for more than 35 years. Back in 1995, I hired him to be a salesperson, clinicians and spokesperson for Diamond. Together, we made dozens of trips to conventions, clinics and customers.

At the clinic, I presented Danny with a plaque thanking him for his many years of service to the company, his professionalism, dedication and loyalty to Diamond.

In my years of service to the farrier industry, I have met no one who has given back more to it than Danny Ward.

I know I speak for many more people who call Danny their friend when I say, “Thanks for the memories.”

— Herb Beaucher, Orangeburg, N.C.

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