As this will serve as my last official opportunity to report on our association’s goals and visions over the past 4 years, I’d like to do it more as a review with suggestions on continued progress and direction as I see it.
In my last president's message (American Farriers Journal, March/ April, 2001, pages 106 & 107), I warned that our profession seemed to be under attack from the “Natural Horsemanship” crowd and the barefoot groups in particular. I still maintain that, but would like to clarify a few facts.
To say I am pleased with what we have done together in the last three years would be an understatement. In many ways this work has been my life, but I could not have done it without the help of the many American Farrier’s Association (AFA) volunteers, including our office staff and most recently John McCutchen, our executive director.
Texas farrier Don Mock's shoeing trailer was built as a project by (then) high schoolers Warren and Dean Evans. The brothers made this project as part of their Future Farmers of America Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems course. He uses the trailer at his hunter/jumper client Bay Yard Farms. This trailer won the best FFA project award at the State Fair of Texas.
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