Monday, June 13, 2011

Silent Anvil: Buster Conklin, Retired Cornell Vet School Farrier, Has Died

Say good-bye to Marshall "Buster" Conklin of Horseheads, New York, one of the great faces and spirits of late-20th century horseshoeing in America.

Buster was the longtime farrier instructor and resident farrier at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine but he will be remembered much more for his character and his passion for his profession than for any job he held. After all, no job could quite hold a man like Buster Conklin.

I'm sure more information will come in and I'll think of something to say but not quite yet. Just "good-bye, Buster" for now.

And definitely, "What a guy".

Please check back for more information. Photo © Fran Jurga, Hoofcare Publishing.


Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace, Uncle Buster. Thanks for all you and Aunt Bernice did for Mom and Dad.

Jeff Eggersdorf

Me said...

What a great a great picture of Buster, I look at it and smile!

Funeral for Buster will be Sat. June 25, at the Pine City Baptist Church, Pine City, NY. (near Horseheads) at 9:00 AM.

There will be a celebration of Buster's career on Sat. Nov. 12 in the evening at the Cornell Farriers Conference. More details to follow.

Steve Kraus, CJF
Resident Farrier, Cornell University Veterinary College

Anonymous said...

I was not a "horse person" but as a vet student (class of 1985) I remember Buster in the large animal clinic - always pleasant and with a smile to brighten a vet student's day.

Roberta Wallace

Charley Orlando said...

Marshall (Buster) Conklin was a down to earth mentor, who influenced all farriers with whom he came in contact. He will be missed
Charley Orlando