Third International Hoof-Care Summit to be Held in Early 2006

More than 700 farriers and equine veterinarians are expected to attend the third annual International Hoof-Care Summit to be held at the Cincinnati Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel, Jan. 31-Feb 3, 2006. The crowd will include some of the most renowned horseshoers, veterinarians, and researchers from around the United States and the world, as well as hundreds of horseshoers looking to improve their knowledge and skills.

The International Hoof-Care Summit sets itself apart from other horseshoeing conferences by focusing on education, with no shoeing contests or association meetings. The IHCS provides education through various formats, including:

• General Sessions--Featured speakers present the latest information about hoof-care topics of widespread interest to all attendees.
• Classroom Sessions--Attendees choose hoof-care topics of personal interest from a wide assortment of offerings, gathering with others for a presentation and discussion led by a recognized expert on the subject.
• Roundtables--Again, attendees select topics of personal interest and gather for face-to-face discussions.
• Networking--Some of the most useful information is discovered during informal chats in the hallways and meeting rooms between scheduled sessions.

Attendees also receive several hoof-care publications valued at more than $100 from American Farriers Journal, which stages the event. Veterinarians and vet technicians also can earn continuing education credit for attending, as approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

Several hours of the conference are dedicated to a trade show in which industry suppliers focus on the latest products available to the market. The trade show hours do not conflict with the scheduled learning sessions.

"We've had great feedback about the first two summits from hoof-care professionals who tell us how they were able to use what they learned. Now we're even hearing from horse owners who plan to send their farriers for the sake of continuing education," says Frank Lessiter, editor and publisher of American Farriers Journal. "We're working to ensure the same high-quality event this time."

Among the more than 40 featured presenters at the upcoming Summit are:

• Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center, Versailles, Ky.;
• Scott Morrison, DVM, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Ky.
• Lee Green, Hall of Fame farrier, Yucaipa, Calif.;
• Gene Ovnicek, farrier, Penrose, Colo., advocate of the Natural Balance trim;
• Susan Kempson, DVM, Scotland, offering a new perspective on laminitis; and
• David Farmilo, farrier, Australia, covering shoeing basics and performance shoeing.

Registration remains open to farriers, equine veterinarians, horse owners, and others interested in hoof care. For more information about the Summit or to request a copy of the 12-page program, contact American Farriers Journal at 800/645-8455 (U.S. and Canada only) or 262/782-4480; via e-mail at; or visit

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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