Six Farriers Chosen For Hall Of Fame

Six world-class, highly dedicated farriers have been elected to a top industry honor by the toughest crowd of all other world-class farriers.

The International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame Class of 2000 includes Dick Harris of South English, Iowa; Jack MacAllan of East Lansing, Mich. (deceased); Grant Moon of Cheltenman, Glostershire, England; Harry Patton of Monrovia, Calif.; Robert Reaume of Howell, Mich. and Jay Sharp of Salmon, Idaho. They bring the Hall of Fame membership to 71.

These six farriers were nominated to the Hall of Fame by fellow farriers, trainers, owners, friends, veterinarians and family. Their nominations were sifted through and voted on by past Hall of Fame inductees who know what it takes to be at the top of the profession.

Sponsored jointly by American Farriers Journal and the Kentucky Derby Museum, the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame welcomes the Class of 2000.

  • Former bullrider and cowboy Dick Harris learned to shoe horses on his own. He's worn many hats in the Iowa Professional Farriers Association and hosts the South English Classic Championship annually. Heís known as a professional, gifted, neat craftsman whoís always willing to teach and cares enough to make and ship shoes to clients who have moved.
  • Jack MacAllan (deceased) came to the United States from Scotland in 1919 to shoe prized draft horses and teach blacksmithing at Michigan State College, the first officially recognized farrier school in the States. For 39 years, he taught his students that anything less than perfection was failure, and won every World Horseshoeing Contest he entered. Some of his students are running farrier schools today, including one of this year's inductees, Robert Reaume.
  • Grant Moon is a fourth-generation farrier and a very helpful forging coach, often helping contest competitors with various techniques just before competing against them. He is usually in any top ten list of clinicians worldwide. Grant is known for his dedication to perfection, often practicing forging techniques after work until he's satisfied the result is perfect.
  • Harry Patton learned to shoe with Jack Hyatt (Hyatt Horseshoe) and shod many top race horses. He was the International Union of Journeyman Horseshoers president twice and oversaw race track farrier testing for years. He shod full-time for 45 years and now runs the Harry Patton Blacksmith, Horseshoeing Supplies and manufacturing warehouse.
  • Robert Reaume has been shoeing since 1951 and has owned and run the prestigious Wolverine Farrier School since 1972. He paid for shoeing school by shoeing at night with his already impressive skill, and was instrumental in founding and operating the Michigan Horseshoer's Association. He is a living legend because he can shoe any type of horse, is always patient and helpful and can explain shoeing basics with crystal clarity to anyone.
  • Jay Sharp began his shoeing career at race tracks in northern California, then moved to Idaho. There he started a school of sorts, bringing in world-renowned clinicians for in-depth clinics and teaching many farriers blacksmithing and shoeing techniques. He was on the first American Farrier's Team in 1978, and is now known as a tool-making genius.

Time For Nominations
American Farriers Journal is also accepting nominations of equine veterinarians for induction into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame. There are two categories: practicing equine vets who work closely with farriers on a daily basis and college or industry equine vets involved in teaching, research or other important aspects of hoof care.

To nominate equine veterinarians and farriers for the classes of 2000 and 2001, send your nominee's name, address, background and biographical information and relevant stories or notes to American Farriers Journal, Attn: Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 624, Brookfield, WI 53008-0624. Or fax it to 262/782-1252 or e-mail it to: The deadline for equine vet nominations is Feb. 4, 1999; the deadline for farrier nominations is Sept. 1, 1999.

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