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Farriers aren’t just horseshoers. They’re brothers, husbands, sisters, wives, co-workers, companions, mentors, trend-setters, educators and so much more. Honored and respected by their fellow farriers, this year’s International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame class goes beyond the nippers, forge and anvil and into the well-being of the horses they treat and the trainers and horse owners they work for.
Being inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame as the Class of 2003 are: Hank McEwan, Langley, British Columbia, Canada; Ralph Hoover, Porterville, California; Emil Carre, Gualala, California; Shayne Carter, Draper, Utah; Bud Beaston, Sperry, Oklahoma; Jim Ferrie, Newmilns, Scotland; and Allan Ferrie Newmilns, Scotland. Voted on by the current International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame (IHSHOF) and International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame members, these seven gifted shoers raise the total number of honored farriers to 85. The IHSHOF is sponsored jointly by the Kentucky Derby Museum and American Farriers Journal.
• Hank McEwan began his career as a cowboy shoer in the Canadian prairies back in 1948. His shoeing strength came in the field of education as he was the first instructor at the Porterville Horseshoeing School in California. In 1981, he was hired as the chief instructor for the Kwantlen College Farrier Program at Kwantlen College in Langley, British Columbia. He retired in 1995 with more than 700 farrier graduates to his credit.
• Ralph Hoover studied horseshoeing at Michigan State University and at the Army Horseshoeing School before working as an instructor at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. He eventually opened the Porterville Horseshoeing School in Porterville, California, in 1964 and appointed fellow IHSHOF Class of 2003 member, Hank McEwan as the instructor.
• Emil Carre served as president of both the Western States Farrier’s Association and the American Farrier’s Association. He also spent his time teaching shoeing clinics, acting as a certification tester and offering apprenticeships to many young farriers before his untimely death this year.
• Shayne Carter is a five-time member of the American Farrier’s Team, including acting as captain of the group that won the international draft horse shoeing class in 1997. He was the AFA national and overall champion in 1997 and 1998. In 1984, Carter was crowned as the World Champion Blacksmith at the Calgary Stampede.
• Bed Beaston has been a champion calf roper, horse trainer, and is the only shoer to have a display of 37 hand-crafted shoes in the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Beaston’s greatest claim to fame is starting the Oklahoma Farrier’s College in 1964. He has graduated thousands of students throughout all 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
• Jim and Allan Ferrie own and operate an extremely efficient, multi-farrier shoeing practice in Scotland. Both brothers are Fellows of the Worshipful Company of Farriers of Great Britain. Jim Ferrie has been a member of the Scottish Farrier team 14 times, has placed in the Top 10 at Calgary 10 times and was a judge at Calgary in 1998. Allan Ferrie won an individual blacksmithing title at Stoneleigh International on two separate occasions. He’s also been a reserve World Champion and a member of the world winning draft horse team four times.
American Farriers Journal is currently accepting nominations of equine veterinarians for the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame.
Nominations can be made for either practicing equine vets who work closely with farriers or industry equine vets involved in teaching, research or other important aspects of hoof care.
To nominate veterinarians for the Class of 2003 or farriers for the 2004 International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame, send your nominee’s name, address, background and biographical information, including relevant stories or notes, to American Farriers Journal, Attn. Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 624, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53008-0624. Fax information to 262/782-1252 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for equine vet nominations is February 1, 2003. The deadline for farrier nominations is August 30, 2003.