From The Desk Of AFJ

Jeremy McGovern
From The Desk Of AFJ

Your Last Chance Be Part Of Calgary

Earlier this year, it was announced that the World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition (WCBC) would be dropped from the Calgary Stampede lineup after 2014. While there is much disappointment in the horseshoeing world over this, there is also optimism that another event, unaffiliated with the stampede, will take its place.


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Frank Lessiter
From The Desk Of AFJ

Take Advantage Of 10,000 Years Of Shoeing Experience

When Bob Smith concluded the International Hoof-Care Summit program in late January, he told attendees that he hoped they had taken full advantage of the more than 10,000 years of trimming and shoeing experience that was represented by the folks attending this event.


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Jeremy McGovern
From The Desk Of AFJ

The Danger Of Overdoing It

Today marks the first day I've felt better since being infected with norovirus earlier this week. This wasn't a pleasant way to spend time off from work, but thankfully this illness wasn't long-lasting. Others are not so lucky when it comes to being sick.


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Jeremy McGovern
From The Desk Of AFJ

When Silence Can Benefit The Hoof-Care Team

At last week's International Hoof-Care Summit, we sat down with Welsh farrier Haydn Price. It is hard to pinpoint a single segment from this conversation that stands out as important information or keen insight. Rather, when you speak with someone like Price who possesses this depth of knowledge, the entire time spent in conversation is more like a personal classroom.


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Frank Lessiter
From The Desk Of AFJ

End Of An Era At The Calgary Stampede

It was certainly a surprise when we heard the Calgary Stampede was dropping the World Championship Blacksmiths' Competition after 35 years. Not only was this decision a surprise to the farrier community, but it also was also a shock to the blacksmith competition organizers who had not suspected the elimination of this valuable learning experience.


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Jeremy McGovern
From the Desk of AFJ

Preserving Footcare Legacies

As we noted here, long-time AFJ Managing Editor Pat Tearney retired at the end of 2013. While cleaning out his office, I came across dozens of bins and folders of farrier images, all of them predating the very comfortable and convenient age of digital images.


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