Shop Talk: AFA Convention “Best In 10 Years”



The American Farrier’s Association Annual Convention, held in early March in Arlington, Texas, was one of the most successful in recent memory with 609 attendees, says outgoing AFA President Jon Johnson.

“It might be our best convention in 10 years,” he says.

  • The following were elected or assumed offices during the convention
    • Donnie Perkinson of Grafton, Ill., is the AFA president.
    • Michael S. DeLeonardo of Greenfield, Calif., is pre­­sident-elect.
    • Bruce Worman of Boise, Idaho, is vice president.
    • Jon Johnson of Winchester, Kan., is immediate past president.
  • The Farrier Industry Assn. held its annual election:
    • Allen Horton of Farrier Product Distribution (FPD) is re-elected vice president.
    • Susan Thomas of Montana Farrier Supply is treasurer.
    • Emily Bull of Monetta Farrier Specialties is re-elected to the board.
    • Rob Michel of Oleo Acres Farrier Supply is elected to the board.
  • The following honors were awarded:
    • Tim Dodd of Broadview Heights, Ohio, won the Allen Smith Award for Excellence in Administration.
    • Robbie Hunziker of Parrish, Fla., won the Jim Linzy Outstanding Clinician Award.
    • Diego Almeida of Divernon, Ill., won the J. Scott Simpson Outstanding Educator Award.
    • Jim LaClaire of Pensacola, Fla., won the Edward Martin Humanitarian Award.
    • FPD’s “Natural Angle,” won the Journalism Award.
    • Dan Bradley of Lucedale, Miss., won the Walt Taylor Award.
    • Hammer and Tongs by Megan Vera and the Texas Pro­fessional Farriers Association won the Sharon Walker Association Newsletter Award.
    • Steve Sermersheim of Danville, Ill., won the Technical Writing Award.
  • The participants in the cultural exchange program will be
    • Drew Morales
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