american farrier's association

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Since 1971, the American Farrier's Association (commonly known as the AFA) has been the standard for promoting, preserving, and improving the quality and standards of horseshoeing in the United States and abroad through various educational opportunities. We welcome you to our website and hope that we can help you become more involved in our great profession.

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AFA News

Iowa Clinic and Certification - April 6-7


Lloyd Veterinary Clinic at Iowa State University and the Iowa Professional Farriers Association came together to bring vet students and farriers to a whole new level in caring for horses. This was a 4 day event with Certification leading the way with Mark Thorkildson, CJF as our Examiner and 8 testers:  Pat Burton,CJF, Ian Bevington,CJF, Spencer Braswell,CJF, Henry Detweiler,CJF, Jennifer Horn,CJF, Jon Johnson,CJF, Doug Russo, CJF, and Jon Snider, CJF finishing out the field.   We had a 100 percent passing rate on the written and three farriers finished out their certification with two CJFs and three CFs. Mitch Taylor, CJF, AWCF was our Clinician and Judge for the forging competition and vet/farrier classic. On Saturday he was showing the the workings of the stay apparatus with a hind leg dissection, and was the Judge in the forging competition which had 20 competitors combined in three classes, with the open

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