Bob Smith

Winner of Summit Achievement Award Stresses Volunteerism

In recognition of his volunteerism, California farrier Bob Smith is named the first recipient of the award

Bob Smith (right) accepts the Summit Achievement Award from Glenn Hause, director of marketing and sales for Mustad USA.

In 2008, the Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center and American Farriers Journal established the Summit Achievement Award to acknowledge the dedication and volunteer efforts of hoof-care professionals. This annual award recognizes an outstanding footcare professional who volunteers his or her hoof-care knowledge, services and time to the equine community.

The first recipient of this award is Bob Smith. He was presented with the award on Feb. 4, 2009, at the International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Smith is the owner and operator of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, Calif. For nearly 35 years, Bob has worked closely in providing needed hoof-care at no expense to a number of equine groups.

As an example, the Grace Foundation fosters a large number of abused and neglected horses taken in by Northern California animal control agencies. This group rehabilitates horses for adoption, for use in equine-assisted therapy programs with at-risk youths and children with disabilities and also for use in educational programs at local schools.

Although the Grace Foundation has provided care for these horses for many years, finding a farrier that could provide a wide variety of hoof care for more than 100 horses that often suffer from severe hoof conditions had proven difficult.

That is until Smith stepped forward and dedicated himself, his staff and students to the foundation for a full day each week at no charge.

Through Smith’s volunteer…

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Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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