Articles by Amy Johnson

Bright Future For Rising Shoeing Stars

Three farriers were recognized for making outstanding progress with their footcare work in their first 3 years out of shoeing school
Five years ago, American Farriers Journal joined several 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 graduating from horseshoeing school.
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Spotlight on Hoof Care

Vet And Farrier Volunteer To Train Romania’s Farriers

Equine vet Amy Rucker and farrier Jim Keith join mission trip to Romania to work on horses and help train local farriers
Amy Rucker, a Columbia, Mo., equine veterinarian recently joined the Christian Veterinary Mission for its 3-week trip to Romania. The group, organized by South Bend, Ind., veterinarian Marty Langhofer, consists of farriers and veterinarians who travel to Romania to work on horses and lecture at universities.
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Spotlight on Hoof Care

Path To Higher Education Pays Off For English Farrier

Mark Aikens successfully finishes an exhaustive 3-year journey toward farrier science degree
Mark Aikens of Norwich, England, recently earned his foundation degree (equivalent to an associate's degree in the United States) in farrier science from Myerscough College in Preston, England. The intensive, 3-year program is offered only to qualified, working farriers as a way for them to further their education.
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Advice From A Rising Shoeing Star

The transition from a horseshoeing school student to a full-time farrier can be rough, even for those who graduate at the top of their class. New graduates and those just starting their horseshoeing business understand the challenges you'll face, regardless of education and skill.
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Eight Tips For Trade Show Success

How to get the most out of your IHCS Trade Show experience.
The International Hoof-Care Summit Trade Show is an attendee favorite year after year, offering you the chance to see first-hand the latest footcare products. However, the 9 hours of trade show time can be overwhelming if you don’t have a game plan.
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Farriers Join Together to Help One of Their Own

AFA and Southern Farriers Association members help make The Super Clinic for Sandy McBeath a success
When Dick Fanguy first met fellow farrier Sandy McBeath, he knew he'd found a lifetime friend. "Sandy was the first guy I met when I joined the Southern Farriers Association in the late 70s," says Fanguy, of St. Gabriel, La. "And we've been friends ever since."
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