About Me and What I Do

Education

*Graduated from Danny Ward's Horseshoeing School in July 2006
*American Farrier's Association Certified Farrier, May 2009
*American Farrier's Association Certified Journeyman Farrier, May 2010
*American Farrier's Association Certified Farrier Specialty Forging Endorsement, March 2014
* Diploma Worshipful Company of Farriers, December 2014
*Consistently attends continuing education clinics throughout the country
*Regularly competes in forging contests on a national level.


Professional Involvements

*Member of the American Farrier's Association
*Offical tester for American Farrier's Association certifications
*Member of the World Championship Blacksmiths Association
*Vice President of the Pennsylvania Professional Farrier's Association
*Member of the Maryland Farrier's Association
*Member of the Virginia Horseshoeing Association
*Member of the West Virginia Farrier's Association
*Member of the North Carolina Horseshoers Association


My approach to farrier work.
My approach to shoeing every horse is simple: Every horse is different, there are things that I can change and there are things that I cannot. I try to treat each case with care and undivided attention.

Working with such variables as conformation and a horse’s past history, I work to keep the horse sound and the rider safe.

I believe in the basics of horseshoeing and although I am educated in "new" ideas I have found that keeping things as simple as possible will usually produce the best results.

There is no horse that I won't work on at least once. I understand that some horses may have little or no training. Or worse may have come from a neglected life style. Please consider my personal safety when working on your horses. I will refuse to work on a horse that is uncontrollable or is in an unsafe working environment.

Due to safety concerns I do not work on mules & draft horses.

World Championship Blacksmiths contest in Hebron, CT 2012.
Checking shape and hot fitting before nailing on shoe.
Nailng on the finished handmade shoe.
CJF FE DipWCF
2013 Virgina State Fair Champion & overall VHA Champion