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Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. Hires Fred Ruddy as General Manager

Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. Hires Fred Ruddy as General Manager | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Shelbyville, KY – June 27, 2013 - Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. (FPD), a leading wholesale distributor of Farrier products, has announced the hire of Fred Ruddy, who joins the company as General Manager. In this position, Ruddy will oversee FPD’s general operations and assist the executive officers with planning, production and human resource management.


“This position was added as a result of the extraordinary growth the company is experiencing, and allows us to align our staff in positions that best fit their strengths while supporting our goal of delivering superior service to our customers,” states Dan Burke, president of FPD. “Fred brings experience and a unique perspective to our business and we are happy to have him join the team. He is a talented manager with the exceptional ability to understand technology, analytics and the best practices for the organization of our warehouse and distribution operation.”


Ruddy joins FPD with over 15 years of successful experience as a manager, systems analyst and inventory specialist, primarily in manufacturing and distribution. Most recently he was responsible for opening a distribution center in Shelbyville, KY for the Kittrich Corporation, serving as Plant Manager. He began his career as a Systems Analyst for Leggett & Platt, Inc., located in the corporate office in Carthage, MO, as well as holding the position of Branch Manager of the Southern California Bedding Components Distribution Center in South Gate, CA.


A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and major in Production/Operations Management and M.B.A. from University of Phoenix, Ruddy completed a semester of study in international business at Orebro University in Orebro,

Sweden. He and his wife and three children live in Shelby County, Kentucky.


This information was edited from a press release provided by FPD.

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Will the Kentucky Horse Park host a controversial 'padded' Walking horse event? -- Lexington Herald-Leader

Will the Kentucky Horse Park host a controversial 'padded' Walking horse event? -- Lexington Herald-Leader | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

"A controversial breed might be getting a new hoof in the door at the Kentucky Horse Park, and equine welfare groups are not happy.

 

"The Horse Park is in negotiations to allow a sale this month of Tennessee walking horses, possibly including some wearing controversialhoof pads that exaggerate their gait. The Kentucky After Christmas Sale hopes to offer about 300 horses for sale Jan. 25 and 26.

 

"Horse Park director John Nicholson (shown) said that legal activities have a right to use the state-run park. Padded horses are legal — although several groups headquartered on the park's campus, including the American Association of Equine Practitioners, are working to change that.

 

"The organizers of the sale say they want to be transparent and will use inspectors that the state specifies.

 

"During the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Horse Park, Games organizers would not allow padded Tennessee walking horses to perform.

 

"Given that and the bad publicity in the past few years concerning padded horses, the Horse Park seems to be going "against the tide," said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States."

 

Fran Jurga's insight:

 

@HoofcareJournal writes: I'd call this article "The Kentucky Horse Park's Slippery Slope". The last time I checked, the Walking horse breed was alive and legal, in spite of the scandals that affect its show scene.

 

Can the Horse Park afford to turn away a paying event--and does this set a dangerous precedent?

 

What horse breed or sport does not have its critics?

 

The Horse Park should do the right thing and welcome the Walking horses with open gates. The park has a lot to offer those owners and breeders, who may be looking for new ways to show and train their wonderful horses, when and if the Whitfield Act is passed by Congress and the "Big Lick" becomes history.

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Marcel Veart-Smith: Rood and Riddle Podiatry engineering department | New Zealand, Equine Trader

Marcel Veart-Smith: Rood and Riddle Podiatry engineering department | New Zealand, Equine Trader | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Farrier Marcel Veart-Smith recently won a scholarship to attend Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, to further develop his knowledge and skills. Marcel grabbed an Equine Trader camera to record some of his experiences.


Join Marcel and Neil Houston from Veterinary Associates in South Auckland as they find their way around this great facility and meet some of the interesting people who work there.


Today they check out the engineering department and watch a little bit of the process of shoemaking.

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Apron News: Gibbins of Suffolk Announces Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. is Exclusive Importer and Distributor for North America

Apron News: Gibbins of Suffolk Announces Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. is Exclusive Importer and Distributor for North America | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Via press release


April 23, 2013 - Gibbins of Suffolk, located in the United Kingdom, announced they have signed an agreement with Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. (FPD) of the U.S., to import and distribute their line of aprons designed specifically for the farrier market.


Under the terms of the agreement, FPD, one of the largest distributors of farrier products in North America, now has exclusive rights to import and distribute the Gibbins aprons to North American markets.


The announcement follows a devastating fire in November of 2012 that destroyed the Gibbins’ production facility. The plant has been restarted, and it is anticipated full production and availability of product will occur by mid to late summer of this year.


Founded in the early 1980’s, Gibbins of Suffolk was purchased in 2007 by Carl Bettison.


“North America is a market with great potential, and our agreement with FPD will allow us to expand our presence and maintain the reputation we have for quality and detail,” said Bettison, Director of Gibbins. “With FPD’s dedication to product development, marketing collaboration and outstanding distribution network they are an excellent choice to represent our products.”


“Gibbins enjoys a good reputation among the farriers for the quality and craftsmanship in the aprons they produce,” said Dan Burke, President of FPD. “We set extremely high standards for the products we distribute and Gibbins meets our expectations. We look forward to a long and
prosperous partnership with Carl and his team at Gibbins.”

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Dusty Visits the Rood and Riddle Podiatry Center | Dressage Daily

Dusty Visits the Rood and Riddle Podiatry Center | Dressage Daily | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Mary Phelps writes: "How lucky am I to be living in Kentucky and just 2 hours from Lexington home of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.


"My driving pony Dusty foundered this spring. While he was treated superbly at the place where he was boarding I wanted to take him to the best, and assess his condition."

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