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Achievement Awards





Awards History

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.


Awards Committee

For more information please contact any member of the Achievement Awards Committee.


Past award winners

Click here to view past award recipients from 1987 - 2018 (opens new window).


2019 Nomination Deadline

The 2019 nomination deadline is Dec 1, any nominations received after that time will be considered 2020 nominations and will be considered for awarding at the 2021 convention.


2020 Nomination Form

Click here to print a paper nomination form for 2020 submissions [PDF].

The AFA is a community of member farriers who give unselfishly of their time and expertise, all of which makes our Association the vital force that it is in the equine world. Once a year we step back and take the time to honor those individuals who give of their time and talent so freely in service to our community. Please take this opportunity to nominate someone who deserves to be recognized for his or her valuable contributions to the AFA and the farrier industry. Nominations must be postmarked by December 01, 2019. Awards will be presented at the 2020 AFA Annual Convention in Chattanooga, TN. Please Note: You do NOT need to nominate in each category. ALL NOMINEES MUST BE AFA MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING .



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The Allen Smith Award for Excellence in Administration

In recognition of outstanding ability to organize and implement farrier functions.
1000 of 1000 characters remaining

Jim Linzy Outstanding Clinician Award

In recognition of exhibiting exceptional abilities while conducting farrier clinics.

1000 of 1000 characters remaining

J.Scott Simpson Outstanding Educator Award

To express sincere appreciation for outstanding service and dedication to the field of farrier education.

1000 of 1000 characters remaining

Edward Martin Humanitarian Award

In sincere appreciation for an active effort to promote goodwill in the farrier profession.

1000 of 1000 characters remaining

Journalism Award

For meritorious service in collecting, editing, and presenting information of interest to farriers.

1000 of 1000 characters remaining

Walt Taylor Award

In recognition of unlimited service, distinguished contributions, and unselfish devotion to the farrier industry.

1000 of 1000 characters remaining

Sharon Walker Association Newsletter Award

To the best newsletter from an AFA Chapter or recognized group (To qualify, a copy of all newsletters printed for the year must be submitted to each voting member of the Achievement Committee).

1000 of 1000 characters remaining

Technical Writing Award

For writing involving the shoeing of a horse or treatment of ailments of the equine hoof.

1000 of 1000 characters remaining

General Interest Article Award

Business articles, short stories, editorials, etc. about anything AFA related.

1000 of 1000 characters remaining

The Silent Anvil Memorial

To honor deceased AFA Members who have made a significant impact on the Association/Farrier Industry.
1000 of 1000 characters remaining