Category Archives: People

The Art of Form and Function

During the year, I spend a great deal of time traveling over North America and Canada. In my travels, I am struck by how often I come in contact with farriers who are not only skilled at their work, but … Continue reading

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2015 AFA Convention Awards

The 2015 AFA Convention marked the second year that FPD sponsored the Kerckhaert-Liberty Intermediate Division.  Congratulations to the winners and participants highlighted below.   Winners of the Kerckhaert-Liberty Intermediate Division Qualifier Class – Sponsored by FPD, Inc. were as follows: … Continue reading

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Farriers working with Belgian Blacksmith – Part 2

The first report on the Roger Bockstaele clinic in Wisconsin showed the participants forming the frame and body of the bird. This was moving along fairly well so Roger started someone on the task of building the feet. They started with round … Continue reading

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The Birdman from Belgium – Part One

This is the first of a group of images and information gathered at a recent blacksmithing session held in August. Roger Bockstaele from Landskouter, Belgium shared his talents with a group of farrier/blacksmiths who met at the shop of Roy … Continue reading

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News about the Nicaragua Farrier Training Program

Guest Blogger Chris Hadel shares his thoughts with FPD on the Granada, Nicaragua Farrier Training program . One week into the Granada, Nicaragua Farrier Training program and we had a working forge by the third day.  The Granada carriage drivers’ … Continue reading

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Behind the Scene and Around the Back at the Kentucky Derby

from Guest Blogger Rob Logsdon This year, I had the honor of representing Kerckhaert and FPD at the track during the lead up to the Kentucky Derby. As always, it was a busy Derby week on the backside of Churchill … Continue reading

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Kerckhaert-Liberty Intermediate Division a Big Success

The first year of the AFA’s Kerckhaert-Liberty Intermediate Division in the National Competition was held in Reno and was a resounding success. This division was developed by the Rules Committee to encourage entry level participation in the competition and worked as … Continue reading

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Farrier Tom Willoughby’s New Family of Friends

  I attended the winter clinic held at Anvil Brand Shoe Co in Lexington, Illinois this February. The clinicians for the weekend were farrier Cody Gregory and blacksmith Brian Brazeal. They put on an excellent clinic but it was hard not … Continue reading

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Farrier Gathering – Nakina, Ontario

I guess there is no reason to pretend this is a story about horseshoeing. It does involve farriers so it belongs here…. right? This month a group of farriers and a few other friends met in Thunder Bay, Ontario and went … Continue reading

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The Kriz Farm Farrier Operation

We recently did a Facebook post with an image of a horseshoe pile at the Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School in Ardmore. Very impressive image. That sparked comments from folks and questions about the horseshoes piled up outside the Kriz Farm … Continue reading

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