Farriers Recognized As Future Footcare Leaders

Three farriers were honored at the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit for making remarkable progress in their footcare careers just 3 years out of shoeing school.



In 2009, American Farriers Journal joined six industry suppliers to create the Rising Shoeing Star award to be given out each year at the International Hoof-Care Summit. This award is presented to three farriers who have made incredible professional progress within 3 years of graduation from farrier school.

This year’s award co-sponsors include the Electric Hoof Knife, Hawthorne Products, Nature Farms Farrier Supply, R.J. Matthews Co., Texas Farrier Supply and Vettec.

Each winner received a plaque, a 1-year subscription to American Farriers Journal, the AFJ “Kitchen Sink” package (a footcare library with over 3,500 pages of reference material) and free registration to the Summit.

In addition, the first-place winner receives $1,000 and the two runners-up each receive $500. The schools that produced the three winners also received plaques and copies of the Kitchen Sink package for use at their schools.

The farriers honored at this year’s Summit were Brody White of Seguin, Texas, Jayce Fulbright of Hobson, Mont., and Ellie Pugh, of Sheerness, Kent, U.K.

Rising Shoeing Star grand prize winner Brody White is awarded a check and plaque from Editor Frank Lessiter, right, at the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit. White is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, owned by Bob Smith, left.

Brody White

Brody White is a 2013 graduate of Bob Smith’s Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School (PCHS) in Plymouth, Calif.

“I chose PCHS because a friend of mine, Adam Collen, told me about Bob’s school. I did some research, talked to Bob and it seemed like…

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Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson has been at American Farriers Journal for 17 years. She serves as an assistant editor and production manager for AFJ. A native of Wisconsin, she has written for numerous newspapers and magazines.

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