Mission: To publicly recognize special efforts by, for and on behalf of farriers in various areas of activity.
Chairman: Garrett Maloney, CJF
Office Liaison: Rachel Heighton
EC Liaison: Thomas Dubois, CJF
Members: Jeff Rodriguez, CJF, Roy Williams, CF, Don Gustafson, CJF and Budd Benner.
At the 1987 AFA Convention banquet in Raleigh, NC, members honored Paul Hulsman of California for his outstanding contributions to the industry. Through this gesture, the Achievement Committee was born.
Beginning the following year, in 1988, the AFA opened the awards program full-scale, soliciting votes from the general membership, asking members to recognize their peers who have made outstanding contributions to our industry.
Presented each year at the Annual Banquet, these awards signal the end of convention, yet they remind us of the strength of our industry and the commitment that comes from our volunteer base as we set standards for the farrier profession.
At this year’s Banquet, in Baton Rouge, LA the following awards were presented:
Photos courtesy of Dick Booth with Boca Publishing
2013 Achievement Award Winners
Certified Farrier Written High Score – Matthew Rice, CF
Certified Farrier Practical High Score – Seth Whiteley, CF
Certified Tradesman Farrier Written High Score – Bob Hansing, CF
Certified Tradesman Farrier Practical High Score – Christopher Tilley, CF
Certified Journeyman Farrier Written High Score – Eric McConnell, CJF
Certified Journeyman Farrier Practical High Score – Adam Fehr, CF
Alan Smith Award For Excellence in Administration: In recognition of outstanding ability to organize and implement farrier functions.
2013 Recipient: Eric Nygaard, CJF
Jim Linzy Outstanding Clinician Award: In recognition of exceptional abilities exhibited while conducting farrier clinics.
2013 Recipient: Steve Sermersheim, CJF, TE, AWCF
Outstanding Educator Award: In recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the field of farrier education.
2013 Recipient: Steve Hedges, CJF
Edward Martin Humanitarian Award: In sincere appreciation for an active effort to promote goodwill in the farrier profession.
2013 Recipient: Myron McLane, CJF
Journalism Award: For meritorious service in collecting, editing, and presenting information of interest to farriers.
2013 Recipient: AFA Communications Committee
Walt Taylor Award: In recognition of unlimited service, distinguished contributions, and unselfish devotion to the farrier industry.
2013 Recipient: Lee Green, CJF
Sharon Walker Memorial Chapter Newsletter Award: To the best newsletter from an AFA Chapter or recognized group.
2013 Recipient: Georgia Professional Farriers Association