Shop Talk: New Hampshire Supply Shop Owner Accepts Presidential Appointment

After providing farrier supplies for more than 2 decades, Bruce Cilley is temporarily stepping back from his duties at Horseshoes Plus in Barrington, N.H., to fulfill a presidential appointment.

The White House chose Cilley to be the executive director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in New Hampshire. He began the position Jan. 11.

“This wasn’t something I went looking for or submitted a résumé for,” Cilley says. “It took me by surprise more than almost anything I can think of over the course of my life.”

While the appointment certainly was flattering, his answer didn’t come easy.

“I struggled with the decision about this opportunity,” he says. “To step away from what has been 23 years of enjoyable relationships and activities at Horseshoes Plus and the friends I have made in this industry was not an easy one. However, this will allow me to have a positive impact upon agriculture in New Hampshire and there is a certain excitement about that.”

Cilley will carry out the duties as executive director until the next presidential administration takes office. In the meantime, Cilley’s son Rob will oversee the shop.

“I have been working with Rob on a very long-term succession plan that would keep me involved for many years to come,” Cilley says. “You are in good hands with Rob.”

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