american farrier's association

Achievement Awards


At the 1987 AFA Convention banquet in Raleigh, NC, members honored Paul Hulsman of California for his outstanding contributions to the industry.

Beginning the following year, in 1988, the AFA opened the awards program full-scale, soliciting votes from the general membership and 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.

For more information please contact any member of the Achievement Awards Committee.
Tim Koelln, CJF, Chairman:
Robbie Hunziker, CJF :
Eric Nygaard, CJF :
Garnett Oetjens, CJF :
Roy Williams, CF:

Arlington, TX Achievement Award Winners

Certified Farrier Written High Score – Lamar Plank, CF
Certified Farrier Practical High Score – Cody Taylor, CF & Joseph Yanish, CF (Tie)
Certified Tradesman Farrier Written High Score – Thomas Trosin, CJF
Certified Tradesman Farrier Practical High Score – Shigeaki Saito, CTF
Certified Journeyman Farrier Written High Score – Chris Madrid, CJF
Certified Journeyman Farrier Practical High Score – Jonathan Green, CJF


Allen Smith Award for Excellence in Administration – Tim Dodd, CJF
In recognition of outstanding ability to organize and implement farrier functions

Jim Linzy Outstanding Clinician Award – Robbie Hizinker, CJF
In recognition of exceptional abilities exhibited while conducting clinics

J. Scott Simpson Outstanding Educator Award – Diego Alemeida, CJF
In recognition of outstanding service and dedication to field of farrier education

Edward Martin Humanitarian Award – Jim LaClaire, CF
In sincere appreciation for an active effort to promote goodwill in the farrier profession

Journalism Award – Natural Angle by FPD
For meritorious service in colecting, editing, and presenting information of interest to farriers

Walt Taylor Award – Dan Bradley
In recogntion of unlimited service, distinguished contributions, and unselfish devotion to the farrier

Sharon Walker Memorial Association Newsletter Award – Megan Vera-TPFA

To the best newsletter from an AFA Chapter

Technical Writing Award – Steve Sermershein, CJF, TE, AWCF
In recognition of excellence in writing involving the shoeing of a horse or treatment of ailments of the equine hoof

General Interest Award – No recipient this year. The qualifications for submissions were not met.
In recognition of excellence in writing business articles, short stories, editorials, etc. that are AFA related