Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory Acquires Hoofjack
Shelbyville, KY – December 31, 2020. Effective December 16, 2020, Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory has acquired Hoofjack, producer of the innovative HOOFJACK® hoof stand. Kerckhaert is the largest independent manufacturer of horseshoes, nails and tools, with a worldwide network of farriers and dealers. Kevin and Dawn Keeler, current owners of Hoofjack, have been serving the farrier market for over 20 years. The Keeler’s have been passionate in their work developing the Hoofjack; an innovative hoof stand supporting farriers, veterinarians and horse owners in their daily work.
In 1997, Kevin Keeler developed the Hoofjack, with the goal of making his work as a farrier easier, more efficient and safer. Quickly, riders and farriers realized the benefits of using the Hoofjack in their work, as well as providing greater comfort for the horses. As a result, the Hoofjack has become a leader in hoof stands today.
Kevin Keeler, in announcing the decision to sell Hoofjack® to the Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory, stated, “I am convinced Kerckhaert is the right match for the future of Hoofjack®. They consider the importance of the farrier to be a main priority and are able to further expand the success of Hoofjack® through their worldwide network.”
“We are very proud of the addition of Hoofjack® to the Kerckhaert family,” said Martin Kerckhaert of Royal Kerckhaert. “The unrivalled quality of the Hoofjack® products, and the solution Hoofjack® provides for users and animals, is in line with the core values of Royal Kerckhaert.”
Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. (FPD), located in Shelbyville, Kentucky, will manage all sales, marketing and distribution of the Hoofjack® in North America and Canada through FPD and Diamond Farrier Co. “FPD and Diamond Co. look forward to the expansion of the Kerckhaert brand to include the Hoofjack®,” said Dan Burke, President of FPD. “The quality of the Hoofjack® makes it a perfect fit for the Kerckhaert line, and the overall products we provide the professional farrier market.”
FPD, Inc. Exclusive Vettec Equine Products Distributor in US and Canada
Shelbyville, KY – April 15, 2020 – Farrier Product Distribution (FPD) today announced they have entered into an agreement to be the exclusive distributor in the U.S. and Canada for Vettec Equine Products; a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality hoof care products for the equine industry worldwide for over 20 years. FPD is celebrating 30 years as the leading North American wholesale distributor of farrier and related equine products. As the North American distributor of Kerckhaert Horseshoes, Liberty Nails, Bellota, FootPro and Diamond, FPD represents the best of the brands in the industry.
“We are excited about this change in Vettec’s distribution plan,” said Dan Burke, President of FPD. “Vettec has always been an excellent complement to our program. The series of changes they have made will allow us to bring Vettec products to the market at a much more competitive price. Our dealers, and the professional farrier, trust us to provide quality products they can depend on. Vettec has built a reputation for providing the best formulated and most consistent urethane adhesive on the market.”
FPD also announced they have hired Larkin Greene to oversee the Vettec program. With decades of experience with the urethane adhesives in the Vettec line, Larkin will provide technical and sales support for the FPD team, as well as the dealers and end-users of the Vettec equine products.
2019 Kentucky Derby News
Congratulations to farriers Jimbo Bayes and J.T. Bayes – this father and son team shod the top three horses in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. All three horses were shod with Royal Kerckhaert Legendary XT fronts and Kerckhaert Tradition RT hinds with toe clips. Be sure to follow this group through the rest of the Triple Crown races on FPD’s Facebook Page.
Razerhorse Announces Distribution Agreement with Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory
Shelbyville, KY – March 22, 2019 – Razerhorse is pleased to announce an agreement with the Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory to provide exclusive distribution of all Razerhorse products worldwide. “As our product line has grown in popularity, we recognize the need to have a distribution system that allows for growth and reliability in the markets we serve,” stated Erik Lundquist, founder and president of Razerhorse.
“As a result of this agreement, we will rely on Farrier Product Distribution (FPD) to manage the distribution of Razerhorse products in the U.S. and Canada,” said Martin Kerckhaert, President of the Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory. “FPD has the infrastructure in place to add these products to their existing product line and will be able to provide the reliability and customer service levels that will enhance the delivery of Razerhorse shoes and pads to these markets. This arrangement will be effective April 1, 2019.”
The Razer shoe technology was created in Sweden in 2003 by founder Erik Lundquist. After battling lameness issues with his own horses he began searching for an alternative to the steel horseshoe, which locks the hoof in place. With the aid of gait analysis software and high-speed video, the Razer shoe was developed using a tempered tool steel that flexed with the horse’s hoof.
Dan Burke, President of FPD stated, “We look forward to adding the Razerhorse products to our existing line. Many of the dealers in our program currently carry these products and it will be convenient, and provide economies, for them to be able to order from us. For Razerhorse customers who are not currently in our program, we will work closely with them to provide the same level of quality service we have offered during our 30 years of service in this industry.”
Razerhorse is a hoof care company that has combined science and technology to enhance the well-being of the horse. Founded in 2003, they have created a line of flexible steel horse shoes and polyurethane hoof pads that mimic the natural function of the hoof while still offering protection. More information about Razerhorse can be found at www.razerhorse.com
About the Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory
The Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory is the world’s largest independent horseshoe manufacturer with a global distribution network and specialized dealers in 74 countries. Kerckhaert is a market leader in their field and dedicated to excellence and innovation in the farrier industry. In 2008 Kerckhaert received the Dutch Predicate ‘Royal’ as proof of appreciation, recognition and commitment of more than 100 years. The Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory has been family owned since 1906. More information about Kerckhaert can be found at www.kerckhaert.com.
About Farrier Product Distribution, Inc.
Farrier Product Distribution (FPD) was founded in 1990 and is a wholesale distributor of farrier and related equine products and the North American Distributor of Kerckhaert Horseshoes, Liberty Nails and Diamond brands. Considered a leader in bringing groundbreaking products and service to the Farrier industry, the company distributes to suppliers throughout North America. More information about FPD can be found at www.farrierproducts.com and facebook.com/farrierproductdistribution.