The American Association of Professional Farriers is a trade association for farriers and veterinarians interested in equine podiatry. We also encourage suppliers, manufacturers, and service providers for the farrier industry to become members.
Our primary focus is Continuing Education for all professionals in our industry. We encourage professional farriers to attend clinics, seminars, contests, and other educational events to enhance their profession.
Through our Hoofcare Essentials® program we encourage horse owners to seek out professional farriers for your horses.
An American Farriers Journal tribute to farriers hard work and dedicationFarriers work hard year-round to provide quality hoof care for horses worldwide. To honor their dedication and service, American Farriers Journal created National Farriers Week. In its 15th year, National Farriers Week is an opportunity to honor your farrier. We think it is important for horse owners, trainers, riders, grooms, veterinarians and others in the equine community to say thanks for all of the terrific work farriers do.
Today at Fasig-Tipton's Florida Sale in Boynton Beach, Florida, the American and Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/CAPF) presented an honorary life membership to Mr. Ray Amato Sr of Westbury, New York and Hallandale Beach, Florida. Mr. Amato, following in the footsteps of his father, began his farrier carrier in 1949. Through the years his work ethic has been noticed and recognized by some of the great Thoroughbred trainers including Hirsch Jacobs, Frank (Pancho) Martin, Robert (Bobby) Frankel, Flint (Scotty) Schulhofer, and in recent years, Todd Pletcher. Mr. Amato's son, Ray Amato Jr., is now following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
American Farriers Journal Editor/Publisher Frank Lessiter goes on an exclusive interview tour of the National Museum of Horse Shoeing Tools and Hall Of Honor with director Lee Liles APF CJF. Begun as a private collection, the National Museum of Horse Shoeing Tools and Hall Of Honor (Sulphur, Okla.) features one-of-a-kind items and memorabilia that has been gathered over many years. Now, in one place is an unprecedented and never-before-seen collection that contains both the conventional and the unusual - the contemporary and the obsolete.
SOUTH CAROLINA FARRIER WILLIE LOCKLEAR Posted March 08, 2013
Funeral services for our dear friend Willie Locklear will be Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2pm at the South Carolina Steeplechase Museum in Camden, SC. Visitation will be on Saturday, March 9. Visit the Kornegay Funeral Home website (http://www.kornegayfuneral.com/) for details. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Association or The SC Steeplechase Museum.
Jeff Ridley APF CJF TE, president of the American and Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/CAPF), has announced today the appointment of three new committee chairs for the associations. Additionally, Jeff extends his deepest appreciation to retiring committee chairmen Dave Dawson APF, Scott Lampert APF and Doug Workman APF CJF.
Pairing of recent farrier or veterinary school graduates (Mentees) with more knowledgeable and experienced farriers (Mentors) has been named a priority program by the American & Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/CAPF). In naming the program, it was determined that "mentoring would refer to a personal and professional developmental relationship that would build between the two parties; with the understanding that true mentoring be more than just answering occasional questions or providing ad hoc assistance. The AAPF/CAPF wishes to have this program focus on developing ongoing lifetime relationships of learning, dialog and challenges.
by Steve Prescott, APF CJFAmerican & Canadian Associations of Professional FarriersWith the reoccurring incidences of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) I thought it would be a good opportunity to talk about how we farriers can take precautions against the spread of infectious diseases. Although EHV-1 is highly contagious among horses, it does not pose a threat to human health. The aggressive nature of this disease certainly warrants our attention, so I thought I would dig a bit deeper into methods we can employ to keep diseases like EHV from spreading throughout our horses from a farrier aspect.
The American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) and Canadian Association of Professional Farriers (CAPF) Farriers Assistance Program is a grass roots program that allows our membership the ability to help take care of our own. This is a short-term program to assist members through tough times that may occur. There are three main functions of this program: networking, helping with work load while down and donations/fundraising. This program will allow the membership the ability to help fellow members no matter where they are located in a productive way.
American Farriers Journal Editor/Publisher Frank Lessiter meets up with industry professionals at the 2012 Hoofcare Essentials Clinic at Nature Farms Farrier Supply in Norman, Oklahoma.Click on the title of this story to view short videos from:- Jeff Ridley, AAPF President- Dave Farley - AAPF Vice President- Roy Bloom - AAPF Treasurer- Jennifer Horn - AAPF Director- Steve Prescott - AAPF Director- Doug Workman - AAPF DirectorAnd special guest - Nolan Walker from Nature Farms Farrier Supply.The 2013 AAPF Hoofcare Essentials Clinic will be held on November 16, 2013 at The Horseshoe Barn in Sacramento, California. Details to follow.
OVERWHELMING!Other than being speechless with the reception and response the AAPF experienced when arriving at the 2013 International Hoof-care Summit, overwhelming is the only way to describe it!The event in and of itself is a phenomenal learning opportunity to anyone who attends. We all knew this and expected nothing less.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is preparing to conduct its 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. Horses will be included in the Census. Every five years, USDA conducts an agriculture census to determine the number of U.S. farms and ranches and gather vital information about U.S agriculture, including the horse community. The census is a valuable tool to help the USDA determine land use and ownership, livestock populations, operator characteristics, production practices, farm income as well as other important information.
By: Jeremy McGovern, Senior Editor, American Farriers JournalI try to read as many online articles in newspapers written about farriers as possible. Some of these are news worthy, but I find most newspaper stories about individual farriers provide an introductory glimpse at the industry. This makes sense, as most people don't own or spend time around horses. So those who work with horses are foreign to them as well.
As the American Association of Professional Farriers celebrates its first anniversary we are pleased to announce that 350 farriers, veterinarians, suppliers, distributors, manufacturers and students have joined our association. The AAPF was created to promote the integrity of the farrier industry by strengthening the knowledge and skills of its members through continuing education. During the past 12 months the association has also:
The American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) has awarded two scholarships to attend the 2013 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio. The two $500 scholarships were made available through the generosity of Frank K. Reilly DVM, Equine Medical & Surgical Associates of West Chester, Penn. The scholarship money can be used to pay their registration for the Summit, lodging and transportation expenses.
The Canadian Association of Professional Farriers (CAPF) has been launched as an affiliate of the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) to provide Canadian farriers with a professional organization that not only promotes the integrity of the farrier industry as a whole, but also strengthens the knowledge and skill set of its membership.
By Frank Lessiter, Editor/Publisher, American Farriers JournalAn equine veterinarian stopped at the American Farriers Journal trade show exhibit during the annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in Anaheim, Calif. In our 10-minute conversation, she explained how she works closely with farriers in her area and how it has led to increased health-care income for her practice.
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