Shoptalk: AAPF Awards Inaugural Roy Bloom Scholarships

A pair of farriers earned a trip to the 2016 International Hoof-Care Summit after the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) awarded them Roy Bloom Scholarships.

Ashley Gasky of Ballston Lake, N.Y., and Deanna Stoppler of Fairfax, Vt., were recognized as the inaugural scholarship winners in mid-December after fulfilling several application requirements:

  • Working full-time as a farrier for a maximum of 5 years.
  • A current member of the AAPF.
  • A registered participant of the AAPF mentoring program — either as a mentor or mentee.
  • The applicant must be willing and able to attend the AAPF Annual General Membership meeting at the International Hoof-Care Summit.
  • Submit an application that included a brief résumé.
  • The applicant’s mentor also submitted a letter of recommendation for the applicant.

Both recipients received:

  • Registration to the 2016 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Transportation to the Summit (either by auto reimbursement or air travel).
  • Lodging at the Summit (for 3 nights).

In addition, the program will select a grand prize winner from these two farriers, who will also receive a 2- to 3-day opportunity to work with the AAPF mentor of her choice. The program will pay for the transportation and lodging expenses of the grand prize winner to work with their selected mentor.

The program is named for International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame member and founding AAPF board member Roy Bloom of Drummond, Wis. The goal of the scholarship program is to encourage learning farriers to pursue their continuing education by attending the International Hoof-Care…

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the editor of American Farriers Journal.

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