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2020 Region 2 Special Election
Thank you for taking the time to vote in our recent Region 2 Special Election. We appreciate all of you who took the time to consider our candidates and cast your vote to decide who will join Mr. Thomas Trosin, CJF and Mr. Jacob Manning, CJF as our newest Director in Region 2.

With that being said, we would like to congratulate Mr. Chris Hessley, CJF on his election to the AFA Board of Directors!

Please take a few moments to review it and reach out to Chris to congratulate him on his appointment. We would also like to thank Janelle Monroe, CF, for her willingness to be a candidate in this election. She has devoted many years to the AFA already, and we are grateful for her ongoing service! 

If you weren't able to participate in this election, it is our hope you will choose to during our 2021 election cycle. As a reminder, our leadership steers the organization and ensures our long-term success and well-being. Voting is an important member privilege, and your voice matters to the AFA.

Respectfully Submitted,

Don W. Gustafson, Chairman
AFA Nominations and Elections Committee

Director Candidate Statements



Nominee: Chris Hessley, CJF #19811

Hello my name is Christopher Hessley, and I am a Certified Journeyman Farrier. I’ve been shoeing horses since October 2002 when I graduated from Mark Paine’s horseshoeing school in Bishop California, formally known as Sierra Horseshoeing School.

I am honored to be nominated for Region 2 Director. If elected, I will urge the AFA and Board of Directors to promote the Find a Farrier Directory. I view the find a farrier program as an inexpensive way to create a greater public awareness of the AFA. We will use social media to promote the AFA, not only to farriers, but the general horse owning public! With the help of social media and Find a Farrier, horse owners will know they have a selection of educated farriers in their area to choose from. 

Thanks for your time!

Chris Hessley, CJF -  (817) 487-7500


Director Region 2

Nominee: Janelle Monroe, CF #4689

I have been an AFA member since 1996 and have been involved with several chapters ever since then.

When my personal situation changed I began the journey to becoming certified in April of 2017 and finished my CF in September. I am currently working on becoming a Journeyman.

I believe that clinics and competitions are an integral part of continuing education and would like to see more farriers encouraged to participate and be more involved at both the AFA and Chapter levels. I also feel that good communication is important for an organization to move forward as a whole.

Therefore, I would like to serve as a voice for Region 2 and would do my best to address any concerns, keep chapters involved and updated, to further our farrier industry, and be a strengthening aid for both our region and the AFA.

Janelle Monroe, CF - (205) 480-9372