The American and International Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF) awarded two farriers with Roy Bloom scholarships to attend the 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Elke Albrecht of LaGrangeville, N.Y., and Patrick Hall of Fort Collins, Co., received this year’s scholarships. The awards were designated for one farrier with fewer than 5 years of experience and one farrier with more than 5 years of experience, respectively.

In order to be considered, farriers were required to submit an online application, including an essay on “Why I Would Like to be a Recipient of the Roy Bloom Scholarship,” including:

  • What they hope to receive by attending the International Hoof-Care Summit.
  • The effect attending the Summit would have on their farrier practice.
  • The benefits they have received, or hope to receive, through participation in the AAPF/IAPF Mentoring Program.
  • Additional information describing their education an experience up to this point.

Scholarship winners will receive: registration to the International Hoof-Care Summit, transportation to the Summit (reimbursement for auto or air travel) and up to 4 nights lodging at the Summit.

Roy Bloom of Drummond, Wis., is a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame and founding AAPF board member. Dr. Frank Reilly of West Chester, Pa., and other members of AAPF/IAPF fund the program, which aims to encourage farriers to continue their educations.