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VET’S DIARY: Farrier Jim Ferrie joins team of equine veterinary experts in Britain

VET’S DIARY: Farrier Jim Ferrie joins team of equine veterinary experts in Britain | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
We are delighted that an internationally renowned farrier is the latest expert to join our elite team of visiting consultants at our Fairmoor Equine Clinic in Morpeth, writes Stephen Bradley.


@HoofcareJournal writes: Read this article for the latest consulting position for Jim Ferrie, FWCF of Scotland, who'll be crossing the border into England for his new role. Jim is also a consultant at the vet school at Glasgow.


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New Zealand Farrier Apprentice Aims to Jump to the Top of the Horse and Farrier World

New Zealand Farrier Apprentice Aims to Jump to the Top of the Horse and Farrier World | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
Fran Jurga's insight:

"When the Taranaki Daily News caught up with recent World Cup winning showjumper Myers this week, he was surrounded by flighty Thoroughbred horses and busy tapping in nails on the one he was shoeing.


"In a short break between clients, Myers revealed a little about himself and his sport.


"The 19-year-old apprentice farrier showed he was a force to be reckoned with in showjumping's top league when scoring an upset win on his 10-year-old gelding Pick Me in a World Cup qualifier at Taupo last weekend."


@hoofcarejournal writes: Remember this name: Tim Myers. He's only 19 but his accomplishment in both showjumping and farriery are putting him on the radar of his sport and his profession.


This article gives background on Tim's dedication to excelling both under and on horses. And he plays rugby, too!


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Texas farrier Nichole Smith shoes her way to England

Texas farrier Nichole Smith shoes her way to England | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

We've all heard the saying "a horse of a different color," right? Well, Wichita Falls farrier Nichole Smith of SS Horseshoeing soon will see some horses in a different country.


"I got word a few weeks ago from the American Farrier Association as part of its cultural exchange program," she said. "I will be going around Dec. 15 and stay for a month. I am pretty nervous. I will kind of be carrying the responsibility to represent the AFA."


@HoofcareJournal writes: Congratulations, Nichole!


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Heavy Hooves: Farrier Work Transformed with Tony Golding's Artistic Vision | Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog

Heavy Hooves: Farrier Work Transformed with Tony Golding's Artistic Vision | Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
British photographer Tony Golding zooms in on English farriers at a competition as they shoe heavy horses. Horseshoes, nails, tools, hands in crisp high definition slide show to lilting jazz piano riffs.


@hoofcarejournal wrote: No words are needed for this video, and none were supplied. This is the work of one of my favorite British photographers, Tony Golding, who normally is photographing British heavy horses in all their glory.


But this time he turned to the bottom of those same horses' feet and zoomed in on the hands of the farriers at a shoeing contest at one of the big shows in England. He got very close and followed a couple of the contestants through to nailing on.


Thanks, Tony!


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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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It shouldn't happen to a farrier - Horse & Hound | Roland's nags and nails blog

It shouldn't happen to a farrier - Horse & Hound | Roland's nags and nails blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The life of a farrier’s apprentice is one huge learning curve. I find that things need to happen two or three times before they start to sink in as there’s just so much to take on board.


@hoofcarejournal writes: Roland has done it again! Or why you need to keep an eye on the horseowner's dogs when your shoeing box is out of the truck!


I'm looking forward to Roland's book, should he write one, and have already suggested to him that his blog could be collected into an instant bestseller!


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Silent Anvil: Maine Farrier Paul Galipeau Killed in Motorcycle Crash | Bangor Daily News

Silent Anvil: Maine Farrier Paul Galipeau Killed in Motorcycle Crash | Bangor Daily News | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

WARREN, MAINE – Farrier Paul Reneau Galipeau, 62, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in a motorcycle accident. 


@HoofcareJournal writes: I just learned about Paul's accident. There is a memorial service for him on Saturday in Thomaston, near Rockland, Maine. I'm so sorry to hear about this.


Read Paul's obituary: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/22/obituaries/paul-reneau-galipeau/


Leave a message on his memory page: http://www.bchfh.com


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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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