The American & Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers are trade associations 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.
The American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) and Canadian Association of Professional Farriers (CAPF) have awarded two scholarships to attend the 2014 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 American and Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers announce plans to hold an online auction of handmade farrier and blacksmith items, personal services and other items to benefit their new Farrier Assistance program. To review and bid on items, please go to: www.32auctions.com/professionalfarriers
Lexington, Kentucky. Studies show that the leading factor in roadside breakdowns is tires. As temperatures cool across the country, tire pressures will decrease. Given these facts, USRider reminds equestrians and others who travel with horses to perform periodic air pressure checks on both their vehicle and trailer tires.
We just concluded the first webinar hosted by the AAPF/CAPF in conjunction with our educational partner - the United States Hunter Jumper Association. Many farriers, trainers, and horse owners attended the presentation "State of the Art Horse Shoeing Practices for Hunters and Jumpers" presented by Mr. Red Renchin APF CF. Thank you Red for your time in making this presentation!
Professional Farriers Reach 500 Member Milestone Posted October 04, 2013
The American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) and Canadian Association of Professional Farriers (CAPF) are pleased to announce that Mr. Marcus Martinez APF CF has joined as member number 500. Martinez is a farrier for the New York Police Department Mounted Unit. He has been shoeing horses since 1998 and resides in Congers, New York.The American and Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers are non-profit trade organizations created in 2012 to represent the interests of professional farriers and others involved in the farrier industry. The primary objectives of the new associations are: promoting continuing education, providing member support and serving as a hoof-care reference for horse owners. (Pictured l - r: Shawn Matherly APF, Marcus Martinez APF CF, and Bryan Quinsey AAPF/CAPF Executive Director)
When the world's leading laminitis researchers, scholars, clinicians, and farriers present their newest findings at the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot in West Palm Beach, Florida in November, the work of the Animal Health Foundation (AHF) will take center stage.The announcement of the conference program and speaker list shows that critical laminitis research funded by the Animal Health Foundation will be shared at the conference by presenters from the Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit (AELRU), Tufts University and Cornell University.
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.
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.
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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