Who should attend the International Hoof-Care Summit?See more

ALL equine hoof-care professionals!

  • Farriers
  • Farrier Apprentices
  • Farrier School Students
  • Veterinarians
  • Vet Techs
  • Horse Owners
  • Farrier Suppliers
  • Farrier Equipment Manufacturers

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Why should I attend the International Hoof-Care Summit?See more

No other event gives you a 4-day learning opportunity featuring more than 70 targeted sessions that deliver the latest research, ideas and tools to help you build a better footcare practice and increase your value to hoof-care clients — increasing YOUR profits!

The IHCS features the most respected and knowledgebale farriers, veterinarians and equine professionals in the industry, reporting on the latest trends and topics critical to the hoof-care industry today.

The world’s LARGEST footcare product trade show featured over 130 exhibitors in 2019 displaying all the latest hoof-care products and tools that will make your life easier as a hoof-care provider.

You are given an outstanding, unparalleled opportunity to network with fellow hoof-care professionals, experts, session presenters and exhibitors.

On average, Summit attendees take home more than $4,576 in ready-to-use hoof-care ideas.

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How do I register for the International Hoof-Care Summit? See more

There are five easy ways to register to attend all 4 days of learning at the 2019 International Hoof-Care Summit:

Register online at our secure website.

Download a registration form and mail it to:

International Hoof-Care Summit
P.O. Box 624
Brookfield, WI 53008-0624

Download a registration form and fax it to (262) 786-5564.

Call toll-free from within the U.S. and Canada at (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT. Please be sure to have your credit card handy.

On Site
Sign up by visiting our registration booth on the second floor of the Duke Energy Convention Center during the International Hoof-Care Summit.

All non-farrier/veterinarian spouses of attendees are welcome to attend the Summit and the Summit Spouse Program at no cost. We’ll cover a series of classes that focus on business and well-being, as so many spouses are crucial to the success of their partner’s hoof-care practices. More information on the schedule for the 2020 Spouse Program will be available soon. For more information and to sign up for the Spouse Program, call us at (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388.

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What if I only want to attend for one day or for the Trade Show only?See more

If you wish to only attend part of the Summit you can purchase a 1-Day Pass, which gives you access to all educational sessions occuring during any 1 day of your choosing (Trade Show entry included). If you are coming to attend the Trade Show only, you can purchase a Trade Show Only Pass, which gives you access to any and all of the 3 Trade Show sessions that will be held during the IHCS. A Trade Show Only Pass does not allow you entry into any of the Summit educational sessions. To purchase a 1-day pass or a Trade Show Only pass call (262) 432-0388 to speak with a customer service representative., or you may visit the onsite Summit registration desk.

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What is all included with my Summit registration?See more

Your Summit registration includes a free 1-year subscription to American Farriers Journal and several other free "attendee bonuses" which will be announced soon.

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If I already subscribe to American Farriers Journal, do I still get the free 1-year subscription with my registration?See more

Yes, your free subscription will be added to your current subscription to extend your subscription term.

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How do I make a hotel reservation for the International Hoof-Care Summit?See more

Visit the Summit hotel information page for more information.

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Do apprentices and hoof-care students receive a discounted registration rate? See more

If a farrier is attending the International Hoof-Care Summit, his/her apprentice can register for only $199.50 — a 53% savings off the full registration price. This offer also is valid for current attendees of a hoof-care school, veterinary student program or veterinary technician program. This discount offer is valid only once as an apprentice and once as a student. In order to register as an apprentice or student you must provide the name and contact information of the farrier you are apprenticing under or instructor and school. Students and apprentices may register by calling (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388.

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How far is the host Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and Hyatt Regency Cincinnati from the Duke Energy Convention Center?See more

The Duke Energy Convention Center is at 525 Elm St., just two blocks from the The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza at 35 W. 5th St. To see where your hotel is in relation to the convention center, please click here to view a map.

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Where can I find parking at the Duke Energy Convention Center?See more

The Duke Energy Convention Center has several surface lots and parking structures surrounding it. A detailed parking map can be found here and additional downtown Cincinnati parking information can be found here.

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Where can I find parking at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza?See more

See the hotel information page for parking information at the Hilton.

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Can my spouse attend the sessions without being a registered attendee?See more

Yes, all non-farrier/veterinarian spouses of attendees are welcome to attend the Summit at no cost. Check back soon for information about the Spouse Program, during which cover a series of classes that focus on business and well-being, as so many spouses are crucial to the success of their partner’s hoof-care practices. For more information about spouse attendance, call us at (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388.

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Can I register for next year’s International Hoof-Care Summit while attending this year’s event?See more

Absolutely! You can register onsite and take advantage of the special Super Early Bird Rate and save on your 2021 Summit registration. Please visit the registration area Tuesday, Jan. 21, through Friday, Jan. 24, in the Duke Energy Convention Center.

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Who is speaking and when?See more

We are currently working on the speaker session line up for the 2020 Summit. In the meantime, you can download the 2019 program here to get a sense of he quality of speaker and sessions that you can expect at the 2020 event.

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When and where will the International Hoof-Care Summit Trade Show take place?See more

You can get your first glimpse of all of the new products for 2020 and talk one-on-one with company experts during three uninterrupted Trade Show sessions. We are currently working on the Trade Show agenda. Time and location will be announced as soon as possible.

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What companies will be exhibiting at the Trade Show?See more

We are currently working on the exhibitor line up for our 2020 Trade Show. In the meantime, a complete listing of 2019 Trade Show exhibitors can be found here.

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If I’m a veterinarian, veterinary technician, British farrier or a member of the American and Canadian Association of Professional Farriers, can I earn continuing education credits?See more

The 2019 International Hoof-Care Summit is approved for 27 CE credits by the American Association of Professional Farriers/International Association of Professional Farriers. The Ohio State Veterinary Board has approved the 2019 Summit for 30 CE credits. The maximum number of vet CE credits you can earn is 21. You will need to check with your state for reciprocity. A complete listing of sessions approved for vet CE credits can be found here.

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Where can I eat? See more

There are a number of excellent restaurants in the Queen City that surround the Summit venues.

You may purchase lunch inside the Duke Energy Convention Center and take advantage of the valuable networking possibilities in the registration area or the trade show.

Learn about other dining, shopping and entertainment options in downtown Cincinnati here.

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Are notepads and pens provided for taking notes during sessions?See more

There is a note section in your International Hoof-Care Summit program to record all of the valuable information that you will glean from these 4 days of footcare education. Pens can be found at the registration desk.

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How can I connect with other attendees to share a hotel room or a ride to the Summit?See more

If you are looking for another attendee to share a ride to the Summit or a hotel room, we suggest you post your request to the IHCS Facebook page. You may also visit our online Ride Share page or call (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388.

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What is the Mail-In Shoe Contest and how do I participate?See more

We are continuing this popular contest for the 2020 International Hoof-Care Summit. Contest details will be announced soon.

How to Enter

Step 1: Make the horseshoe as described by Craig Trnka. Click here for full instructions.

Step 2: Complete the entry form.

Step 3: Send in the completed form and your entry. If you won't attend the International Hoof-Care Summit, mail this entry form and horseshoe to American Farriers Journal, Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise, 16655 W. Wisconsin Ave., Brookfield, WI 53005. Your entry must be received by Jan. 15, 2019.

If you attend the International Hoof-Care Summit, you can turn in your shoe by Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at 5 p.m. at the station in the registration area of the Duke Energy Center.

If you don't have the ability to access and print this form, call the American Farriers Journal office at (262) 782-4480 and we will mail or fax you a copy. If you are entering from outside the United States, DO NOT assign a value to your shoe on the customs declaration form.

Step 4: Each contestant will receive a free commemorative T-shirt and notes from the judges. The top finisher will earn a belt buckle. T-shirts will be mailed by March 1, 2019, and immediately given to those submitting a shoe at the Summit. Entries can be picked up at the IHCS on Friday, Jan. 25 at the IHCS registration in the Duke Energy Center. All other entries will not be returned.



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I am exhibiting at the Trade Show. Where can I find information and instructions for exhibitors?See more

If you are a Summit Trade Show exhibitor and have questions about the event, please contact Sarah McQuin at (262) 777-2416 or send an email to smcquin@lessitermedia.com. We are working on the 2020 rules and regulations. In the meantime, the 2019 Summit Trade Show exhibitor rules and regulations can be found here.

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How do I download the IHCS mobile app?See more

The official Conference app is called EventsXD and is free to download. The app gives you access to the daily agenda, session and speaker details, a map of the venue and more. You can find more information and detailed instructions on how to download the app here.


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Questions about the International Hoof-Care Summit?

Contact American Farriers journal
by phone at (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388;
by fax at (262) 786-5564;
by email at info@americanfarriers.com

To learn about sponsorship opportunities contact Jeremy McGovern
at (262) 777-2410 or jmcgovern@lessitermedia.com

To learn about group attendance discounts contact Dallas Ziebell
at (262) 777-2412 or dziebell@lessitermedia.com

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