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Seven individuals were honored for outstanding careers in footcare during the Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies at the 15th annual International Hoof-Care Summit.
Farriers Gary Darlow, Alice Johnson, Danvers Child, Don Hobson and Richard Becker joined the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, while Sue Stover and Robert Boswell were added to the International Equine Veterinarian Hall Of Fame.
Following an apprenticeship with David Gulley in 1976, Darlow spent 41 years competing and won all major competitions in the United Kingdom, earning 151 medals — seven of which are gold. He has also trained 10 apprentices who now run successful businesses.
Since retiring from competition in 2017, he has remained committed to passing on his knowledge by leading clinics internationally. Darlow also continues to host clinics at his home forge to teach shoemaking, shoeing, tool making and competition tips. He also judges competitions worldwide.
Darlow says that one of the most important things he has learned in his shoeing career is that you never
“Everybody is an individual and everyone learns in a different way and at different speeds,” he says. “The best place to hone your technique and learn is watching the best of the best at competitions.”
He has also enjoyed passing knowledge on to his apprentices and watching them grow and learn, noting that he learns from them as well.
Darlow is honored by his Hall Of Fame induction.
“I’ve been very moved by the lovely comments from…