Pictured Above: American Farriers Journal Editor Frank Lessiter (right) recognizes Bob Smith (left), of Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, and Brody White of Seguin, Texas, during the Rising Shoeing Star ceremony at the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Three young farriers were recognized as Rising Shoeing Stars at the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Brody White of Seguin, Texas; Jayce Fulbright of Hobson, Mont.; and Ellie Pugh of Kent, U.K.; were recognized for having made incredible professional progress within 3 years of graduation from farrier school.

White, who graduated from Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, Calif., is the first-place winner and received $1,000 and had his expenses paid to this year’s Summit to accept the award in front of the industry’s leading footcare professionals.

Fulbright, who completed the farrier science program at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., and Ellie Pugh, a graduate of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo., were the two runners-up. The each received $500 and free registration to this year’s Summit.

The three winners also received a plaque, a 1-year subscription to American Farriers Journal and the AFJ “Kitchen Sink” package (a practical footcare reference library with a value of $575). This valuable reference package includes nine “Farrier Classics” books, six additional shoeing books, 30 Special Hoof-Care Reports and an AFJ cap. 

The schools that produced the three winners also received plaques that honor them for having educated this year’s three young farriers. Each of these schools will also receive a copy of the AFJ Kitchen Sink package for use by its students throughout the year. 

American Farriers Journal introduced the Rising Shoeing Star award 8 years ago. Along with six leading farrier industry suppliers, this recognition program promotes the importance of further footcare education, while encouraging young shoers to succeed in their careers.

Co-sponsors include Electric Hoof Knife, Hawthorne Products, Nature Farms Farrier Supply, R.J. Matthews Co., Texas Farrier Supply, Vettec and American Farriers Journal.

Be sure to pick up the March issue of American Farriers Journal for more about the Rising Shoeing Star winners.