Summertime at the AFA
(July 24, 2017) The summer months at the AFA were once rather quiet, however, that isn’t the case these days since we transition directly from the work of convention wrap-up which can take as long as two months, depending upon the attendance numbers, to focusing on our “to do” list for the next year. In 2018 we will be returning to Reno and the Silver Legacy Resort which proved to be a popular destination in 2014. 2018 will herald a new contest format of rounds of 20 and the committee is looking at other possible additions to the schedule of events.
Our website store now has clothing in it again after some time without it. We are working with Ann Arbor Tees to provide a range of quality embroidered clothing to our members and supporters. Loose Shoe Casuals will continue to provide their excellent product and embroidery services at our convention sites. Please let us know if there are items you would like to see in the store that are not currently included in the inventory.
Also on our website: a great article in the June 2017 issue of Western Horseman magazine about the 2018 Capewell Challenge Cup live shoeing finals sponsored by Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center. Western Horseman editor, Chris Hamilton, attended the class and wrote a very engaging piece that conveys the intensity and high energy surrounding this event. You can read the article in its entirety here
Finally, although the number of farrier clinics and certifications around the country tapers off considerably in July and August due to the heat and family commitments, it is clear from the reports on Facebook that chapter hammer-ins and forging nights are alive and well all summer long, even in the steamy South – just one more example of the amazing commitment that farriers have to improving their skills regardless of the challenges.
And heat indices of 106 are definitely challenging!