AAPF/CAPF/IAPF MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

The AAPF/CAPF/IAPF provides numerous tangible benefits to its members, but the most valuable benefits the AAPF will provide for members are the intangible benefits. The AAPF/CAPF/IAPF will represent the farrier profession as a unified voice to affect policies, regulations and legislation to protect your occupation.
 

Accreditation & Continuing Education

The AAPF/CAPF's Accreditation program recognizes the life-long accomplishments of our members. With five years of experience, members are awarded the designation of Accredited Professional Farrier (APF). After two years of experience farriers can obtain Accredited Farrier (AF) status. Both levels of Accreditation require 24 pre-approved AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education Credits per year to maintain your Accreditation status.

Legislative Advocacy

As a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization, the AAPF is able to constantly monitor any proposed legislation that could affect the farrier industry. We are able to use our resources to contact federal and state legislators whenever necessary to confirm that the best interests of our members are being protected.

Communications

Communication is a key ingredient to the success of any organization. You will be receiving a monthly email newsletter.

Every Member will receive an annual subscription to the American Farriers Journal - our Official Publication. Already a subscriber? Lessiter Publications will provide you with a credit to be used for their books, other publications or discounts for the International Hoof-Care Summit.

Our Membership Directory is available on the website under the "Members Only" tab, then scroll down to "Membership Directory".This information is updated daily.



Markel Insurance Company has provided uninterrupted coverage for horses and horse-related risks for over 50 years. Markel has specially designed an affordable Farrier's Insurance Program for AAPF members. Coverages include general and professional liability, care, custody & control and equipment and supplies. Markel can also customize a package policy to include your home and farrier rig. AAPF members are eligible for a 10% association credit and if you are an AAPF Accredited Farrier (meaning you have either AF or APF designations) you may receive an additional discount.*

For additional information call Lance Allen DVM or his staff at Markel Direct at 800-821-5558, visit
www.markeldirect.com or email lallen@markelcorp.com

Click here for a link to the fill-in-the-blanks application for Farrier Liability Insurance from Markel.

*Rates and coverages for this program may vary by state.

 

Mentoring

The AAPF/CAPF offers a new program which allows for the matching of farrier school graduates and seasoned farriers (Mentees) with professional farriers (Mentors).This program is designed to develop ongoing lifetime relationships of learning, dialog and challenges. Applications are now being accepted.  In 2014, the AAPF/CAPF Board of Directors approved the awarding of AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education credits for Mentoring.  Click here for details

Website

The AAPF/CAPF website is like no other website in the industry. You're able to post personal and professional information, connect with fellow farriers and upload pictures, articles and videos - which includes making your profile you own personal website - at no additional cost! The site also includes articles, power points and videos for members to download and use in their profession.

Transparency

As the AAPF/CAPF was being developed one issue rose to the top of all others - the need for our members to know what is happening with THEIR association. Our website includes a "Members Only" section where we post our annual budget, monthly profit and loss statement, balance sheet and minutes to every Board of Directors meeting. If you want more information - please ask. The AAPF/CAPF belongs to its members.

Search for Farriers

Our website includes a Search for Farriers feature for horse owners. They'll be able to search on every word that you enter in your profile - city, state, discipline, years as a professional, school of graduation, Accreditation status and so much more!

Hoofcare Essentials

This section of our website is geared specifically for horse owners.  It includes links, articles, videos and even puzzles.  Members should encourage their clients to visit this section for great information about farriery.  Hoofcare Essentials™ is a registered trademark of the American Association of Professional Farriers.


Do you accept credit cards in your farrier or veterinary practice? Have you thought about accepting credit cards to ease your cash flow? The AAPF has been designated as an official partner of phoneSWIPE - a device which fits directly into your iPhone, Android or Blackberry device allowing you to process credit cards at the low rate of 2.69% for American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. For cards that are keyed-in the rate is 3.49% plus $0.19 per transaction. Deposits will appear in your bank account within a few days. Click here for a link to the application for this great program.

Will you be processing in excess of $10,000 per month? If so, phoneSWIPE offers an option where you can pay a monthly charge of $14.95 and then pay 1.29% for swiped cards (2.09% plus $0.15 per transaction for keyed-in cards) (again, slightly higher for American Express). Click here for the application for this option.  PhoneSwipe is only available in the United States.


Square is another opportunity for credit card processing.  Rates are slightly higher:  2.75% (swipe) or 3.5% plus $0.15 per transaction (keyed-in). 
Canadian members may now apply for Square!  Click here for the Square application.

Not sure which option is right for you? Call the AAPF/CAPF office at 859-533-1465 to obtain additional information.
 

Equestrian Professional is an online business resource for professional equestrians.  Horse professionals who are members of the American and Canadian Association of Professional Farriers receive a 10% discount on all of our membership plans.  A subscription to this website will provide you with information you can use to start, grow, and improve your business.  Click here to learn more about this membership opportunity.  Click here to apply for membership.

As an AAPF member you will have the option to join USRider - Equestrian Motor Plan and enjoy their membership benefits which include (click on benefit to see details):

The $29 activation fee will be waived for all AAPF members.


 
AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL
1616 H Street NW 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 296-4031
Fax: (202) 296-1970
Email: info@horsecouncil.org
Web: www.horsecouncil.org

The AAPF is a proud member of the American Horse Council (AHC). As a member of the AAPF, you too will be a member of the AHC. The goal of the AHC is to ensure that the industry works together in Washington to accomplish our ultimate goal of "Keeping Opportunities Open" for the horse industry. The AHC believes that consensus and coordinated action by our members in dealing with federal legislation and regulations is the best way to accomplish our goal. The AHC works toward those ends whenever possible. AAPF Members are also eligible for discounts through the AHC Advantage Program. These discounts include:

John Deere
John Deere has been a trusted supplier of equipment and service to the equine industry for generations. Now, as a member of a qualifying equine association (AAPF), you can get savings on select John Deere tractors, utility vehicles, mowers, commercial worksite equipment, implements and more. Simply contact the NTRA Advantage office at 1-866-678-4289 before you make your purchase (The AAPF office will be called to confirm your membership).  Click here for additional details.

The John Deere Equine Association Discount Program offers five (5) ways to save:
  • Full-Time program is exclusively for those individuals and businesses involved full-time as owners, breeders, trainers, or others supporting themselves through full-time involvement within the equine industry. Save up to 28% on select new equipment.
     
  • Part-Time Coupon program offers significant coupon discounts from $35 to $1,000 off selectequipment. Individual members of any qualifying equine association, who have been members for at least 90 days and have horses, are eligible.
     
  • Construction program is exclusively for those individuals and businesses involved full-time as owners, breeders, trainers, or others supporting themselves through full-time involvement within the equine industry. Save up to 21% on select new construction equipment.
     
  • Landscape program offers so many ways to help your business grow and profit. JDL carries only top-quality, name brand products and offer a full selection of products, including agronomic supplies.
     
  • JohnDeereGifts.com discounts available on all non-parts merchandise to members. Among the items in the equine section are bits, halters, spurs, lead ropes, cinches, saddle pads, horse blankets, hay bags and overreach boots. Also available on the site are apparel, hats, toys, home and garden accessories, pet accessories, artwork and more.
Sherwin Williams
Receive up to 40% discount on Sherwin-Williams paints, plus discounts on in-store products, including floor and wall coverings.

OfficeMax
OfficeMax outfits offices with everything from office and computer supplies to paper and office furniture. From the smallest businesses to multinational corporations, you are eligible for great savings! Savings depend on the products you purchase. Members are eligible to receive the Preferred Pricing on products including general supplies, furniture, custom printing, and special orders.


UPS
Covering more ground faster than ever! Enjoy discounts up to 30% off NEXT DAY and 2ND DAY shipping and up to 5% off GROUND shipping services.


Valvoline Oil
Discounts on oil changes, service, parts, and products.  Enhanced discounts for farrier rigs and farm vehicles.