Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Farrier "Teams" Will Be On Site for FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

Edited from press release

The American and International Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF) have announced an agreement to provide emergency farrier services for the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina in September.

As part of a memorandum of agreement, the AAPF/IAPF will initiate a “team” approach to the event by providing the necessary shoes, nails, tools, and other equipment to the various participating international farriers with the ultimate goal of providing sound and healthy hoof-care for all competitors.

In addition, the AAPF/IAPF shall:
  • Provide an appropriate number of professional farriers, based upon the disciplines competing each day, at each venue;
  • Provide appropriate equipment (shoes, nails, tools, and other equipment) at the event and be strategically located throughout the facility to service the various venues;
  • Identify and provide professional farriers who have demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and knowledge for each venue; and
  • Require that every AAPF/IAPF professional farrier is dressed in an appropriate uniform, distinguishing him/her as an authorized representative of the event.

Farrier coordinators at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG)
Florida sport horse farriers James Gilchrist, left, and David Farley, right, will be coordinators for the American and International Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF) program to provide emergency farrier services at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) in North Carolina in September. (Fran Jurga photo archives)

The AAPF/IAPF Board of Directors identified Dave Farley, CF, APF-I, of Coshocton, Ohio, and Loxahatchee, Florida and James Gilchrist, APF, of Wellington, Florida as co-coordinators for the event. They will be working with the organizers to determine the number of farriers necessary for each venue, as well as identifying equipment providers who can be on-site to provide shoes, nails, tools, and other equipment as needed. They have also agreed to notify the various teams coming from around the globe of their willingness to provide equipment to them.

“James and I are eager to use our experiences as farriers at previous World Equestrian Games, Olympics, and other internationally recognized horse shows, to provide the highest quality of hoof-care to all international teams competing at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C.,” Dave Farley said.

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ is conducted every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle. It is one of the largest events on the global sporting calendar, combining eight equestrian World Championship caliber events in a pre-determined location. The FEI disciplines — jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, and reining — are all included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout the duration of the event.

“The health and well-being of our competitors is paramount. Teaming with world-class farriers is integral to ensuring that our equine athletes receive outstanding hoof care. We are pleased that the American Association of Professional Farriers/International Association of Professional Farriers will be providing emergency farriery at the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon International Equestrian Center,” said Michael Stone, President of the Organizing Committee.

The 2018 edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ will take place over 13 days from September 11-23, 2018, at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C.


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