Monday, January 02, 2012

AAPF: Farrier Association Launches Along with the New Year

While you were watching the Times Square ball drop on television Saturday night, you could have been experiencing the launch of a new farrier association if you'd had your iPad on.

At midnight on the last day of the old year, someone somewhere flipped a switch and a new web site went live. snapped onto computer screens around the world. is the home page for the new American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF), an association that was "soft-launched" in December via a series of dramatic smoke-filled, drop-graphic videos on YouTube.

The message of the videos was that a new day in farriery was coming on January 1, 2012.

AAPF was launched on January 1 by ten well-known US and Canadian farriers, most of whom have been involved in governance and policy making in other farrier organizations. They see an opportunity to stimulate interest in continuing professional development for farriers by giving credentials that must eventually be maintained by proving attendance at farrier education events, albeit events created by other organizations and hosts.

The founding members and board of directors are:
  • Royden Bloom APF CJF (Drummond, Wisconsin) 
  • David Dawson APF (Uxbridge, Ontario)
  • David Farley APF CF (Coshocton, Ohio)
  • Jennifer Horn APF CJF (Dafter, Michigan)
  • Scott Lampert APF (Lake Elmo, Minnesota)
  • Bob Pethick APF CJF (Califon, New Jersey)
  • Steve Prescott APF CJF (Hardeeville, South Carolina)
  • Ed Reardon APF CJF (Lone Jack, Missouri)
  • Jeff Ridley APF CJF TE (Leighton, Iowa)
  • Doug Workman APF CJF (Cleveland, Georgia).
Officers are:
  • President - Jeff Ridley APF CJF TE 
  • Vice President - Dave Farley APF CF
  • Treasurer - Ed Reardon APF CJF
AAPF President Jeff Ridley of Iowa
Farriers and veterinarians who join may call themselves APFs: Accredited Professional Farriers. Membership costs $200 per year.

The mission statement on the association's by-laws states: The American Association of Professional Farriers will promote the integrity of the farrier industry by strengthening the knowledge and skills of its members through continuing education and support at the state, national and international levels while improving overall equine health through collaboration with other industry professionals.

Regular membership in the AAPF is open to any full-time or part-time farrier or veterinarian.

The AAPF hired Bryan Quinsey, former executive director of the American Farrier's Association, to serve as its first executive director. Most recently, Quinsey was a Customer Service and Marketing staff member at Farrier Product Distribution (FPD) in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  

The new association added ten new members--seven American, two Canadian and one German farrier--in its first two days of existence.  The early signups mean that the association begins with 11 regular life members, one associate life member, 66 regular members (now 76 with the additions in 2012), and one associate member, according to the web site.

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