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Jim Linzy Fund

Jim Linzy was a nationally known farrier from Pine Bluff, Ark. He was an early member and strong supporter of the AFA, president of the Southern Farriers Association, a member of the Anvil 21 Club, and a widely traveled and respected clinician, teacher, and shoer of gaited horses with few equals. Jim was murdered in 1990, and to honor his memory the AFA gives an annual award to an outstanding clinician who has been nominated by his or her peers.

Since Jim’s interest was in farrier education at home and abroad and in helping people who needed a helping hand, the AFA created the Jim Linzy Fund to carry on his work. The money raised in his name is used to fund clinics and programs to help sick or injured AFA members and in support of the Jim Linzy Memorial Lecture at the annual convention.

Please contact the AFA Treasurer, Tim Byrne, CJF, if your chapter is interested in holding a Linzy clinic fundraiser.

Click here for the Jim Linzy Clinic Application

VI. Benefit Clinics: In the event that a Regular, Life Time, or Student Member of the association suffers an injury, illness, or a surgical recovery period  that significantly impacts their ability to shoe horses, the fund will provide assistance set forth in Section VI.2.B  of this policy in the production of a benefit clinic.

1. Application 

A. Applications for the clinic shall be filled by the beneficiary’s Local Chapter with
the AFA office. The beneficiary does not necessarily need to be a member of the chapter.
B. The application will include:

i. the beneficiary’s name, the nature of their injury, illness or surgery, and expected length of time the beneficiary is expected to be out of work. 
ii. Three possible dates that the clinic may take place
iii. the location of the clinic
iv. name of the closest commercial airport

2.  Responsibilities

A. The clinic host Chapter shall:

i. establish a clinic fee that all attendees must pay.
ii. obtain the facility for the clinic
iii. be responsible for any and all advertisements it feels appropriate
iv. make arrangements for horses if needed
v. make arrangements for ground transportation for the clinician if necessary
vi. make any lodging arrangements for the clinician
vii. make certain that at least one meal is provided during the clinic
viii. report the results of the clinic to the AFA office, which may use the report to promote the success of the disabled farrier program.
ix. give 100% of funds raised by the clinic to the beneficiary at the conclusion of the clinic

B. The Fund shall:

i. maintain a list of available clinicians who meet the criteria set forth in Section VI.3 of this policy
ii. work with the host to find a suitable clinician
iii. reimburse the clinician their travel expenses