Friday, October 15, 2010

Friends (Not) At Work: Where's Mike Wildenstein?

Michael Wildenstein CJF, FWCF (Hons), Adjunct Associate Professor of Farrier Medicine and Surgery in The Department of Clinical Sciences of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has announced his plans to retire from his position and from the profession of farriery. For the past few weeks, Mike has been on an extended vacation that led straight into his retirement and he is enjoying some private time during the transition, he said today.

"Tell them that I am living the good life and enjoying my retirement!" was Mike's message.

Mike was offered an early retirement by Cornell and New York State, an offer that came one year earlier than Mike had planned to retire. He decided to take the offer and begin the next chapter of his life.

This announcement is a bit of a shock to the farrier and veterinary communities. Michael Wildenstein is one of the highest qualified farriers in the world and one of the most respected. He was the first farrier to gain a faculty position at a US veterinary college. He has been in great demand as a consulting educator and farrier. As an instructor, he shaped the professional lives of hundreds of farrier students in the Cornell farrier school program over the past 19 years.

Mike has left no stone unturned in his pursuit of absolute excellence in his own professional development but more importantly, made friends wherever he went without any regard to his position or skill.

Of course everyone in the horse world wishes Mike the very best and congratulates him on a job superbly and exquisitely well done. He's beaten a path that hopefully will be followed by others, if they have the strength of character to attempt to excel the way that Mike did.

Mike has simply retired from this phase of his professional life, and we can only wonder what he'll do next. He needs some privacy now to make that transition and thanks everyone for understanding that need, and for their good wishes.

Thanks, Mike.


Greg Tremblay said...

Thanks for passing this along Fran. I know we've all been wondering what the heck happened.

Anonymous said...

Sorry that Mike is leaving Cornell. I know he will be missed.
He did very well by my mare Snappy. We wish you the best, Mike!

Roberta, Jim & Heidi Lutz & ShezaSnappyLyla

PM said...

I was clueless when I called Cornell last week and asked for Mike only to hear a kind voice at the other end say Mike had retired. Mike's messenger gave me his happy retirement message as consolation, but I'm still in shock, something akin to mourning, particularly since he was only 2 hrs away. I have to trust this can only mean something better for Mike and everyone in his wake. Forge on, dear Mike!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted Mike to Know that witout his expertise My Trakehner Striker would not be here today. Mike you have taught me much over the years as we came every 6 weeks and we met so many great students. Bob, Strike and I wish you all the best!Thanks for everything you did for us. Leslie

Anonymous said...

WHAT? was all I could think when I was informed by another farrier friend who was my mentor and a student of Buster Conklins, that my hero and teacher was moving on. Mike you are a hero of mine and I could not be more grateful for being able to learn from you and laugh with you. Cornell was a life changing experience for me and your humble ways masterfully finding the best way to teach us made it so. I learned so much about what is in my circle of influence and what is not. I would truely love it if you answered the phone when I call Cornell with a question or just a hello, but that would be a bit selfish of me. I wish you the best and don't forget to watch out for that criminal element, lol they are out ther. Thank you mike for letting me come and learn from you. It will always be a proud memory to have had the chance to be your student and my 8 horses say thankyou aswell as all my clients. Be well bravo and good luck with your retirement and lifes travels.

sincerly, one of your grateful and because of you succesfull students. Peace and be well.
p.s. don't forget to eat a chocolate cake for breakfast once in a while. hahaha