International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame Inducts Six New Members

Six horseshoers who have helped shape the modern farrier industry have been elected to the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame. They were chosen from a field of 66 nominees in voting by current members of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame and the International Equine Veterinarians Hall Of Fame. The inductees are:

Charles Brown, Scottsdale, Ariz. - A farrier in one of the nation’s hotbeds of horses, for 30 years Brown worked the Scottsdale Arabian Show, which can draw 1,700 or more of the breed’s finest. Many horse people say no one has shod more champion Arabians than Brown. He has presented shoeing clinics around the world and has judged many of the top farrier contests.

Lee Liles, Sulphur, Okla. -  A shoer who began his career at age 16, he became a recognized specialist with Tennessee Walking Horses and eventually the official farrier at a variety of national breed shows. Therapeutic shoeing also became a specialty, and he has shared his knowledge at clinics across the United States. He established and runs the National Museum of Horseshoeing Tools and Hall of Honor, which he operates on the family’s Carousel Farms in Sulphur, Okla.

Jack Miller, Lantana, Fla. - Miller started shoeing as a young teenager in Texas. He earned a reputation as a top shoer on the “A” level hunter and jumper show circuit, designed horseshoes for manufacturers, worked as a consultant and clinician, and was a founding member of the Texas Professional Farriers Association. He practiced in Texas until moving to Florida recently.

Billy Neville, Australia - His work on stud farms led to his research and recognized expertise on foal limb deformities, knowledge he has widely shared. In 1985, he became the first Australian to compete in the World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He placed fifth in the 1991 competition and remains the only Australian ever to finish in the top 10. He has since served as a judge for the elite contest.

Bob Peacock, Hamilton, Ohio - His shoeing career was cut short by a shoeing-related injury. He then concentrated on his previously established company, Farrier Science Clinic, through which he has developed and marketed numerous shoeing products. He was a farrier for The Pan Am Games in 1978 and participated in the FEI World 3-day event that same year. He has extensively studied white line disease and has been a frequent speaker at farrier and horse owner conferences.

Bob Schantz, Foristell, Mo. - In these days of mass produced horseshoes, Schantz is widely known for his “iron work,” the blacksmithing side of farriery. He established his first shoeing and blacksmithing shop in a century-old building originally built for that purpose near St. Louis. He moved to Tennessee to attend horseshoeing school and practice the trade before returning to the St. Louis area. Schantz developed and patented an atmospheric propane forge and owns a horseshoeing supply shop.

The International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame is sponsored by the American Farriers Journal and the Kentucky Derby Museum. The Hall of Fame, which now has 91 members, is housed at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

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