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2001/07/10

Honor Your Farrier For Superior Footcare Work As the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame moves into a permanent home at the Kentucky Derby Museum, a unique addition to the awards program will allow horse owners and trainers to call attention to farriers for doing outstanding footcare work. Even though the names of individual farriers won't appear in the permanent exhibit in the Louisville, Ky., the Museum will include a special dedication to the hundreds of farriers worldwide that will be honored by owners, trainers, fellow farriers and others in this unique way. Each donor will receive two 8- by 10-inch certificates suitable for framing, one for themselves and one to pass along to the farrier they are honoring. The International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Museum and American Farriers Journal and a grand opening for the hall's permanent home will be held in mid-January. Everyone who donates at least $50 in honor of a farrier will receive a FREE copy of the 36-page "They Shoe Horses, Don't They? booklet from American Farriers Journal. This shoeing history serves as a special tribute to the original 1992 exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum that sparked the idea for this unique farrier awards program. To participate, send the name of the farrier you wish to honor along with your name, address and a check made out to the Kentucky Derby Museum Shoeing Hall Of Fame, c/o American Farriers Journal, P.O. Box 624, Brookfield, WI 53008-0624. Donations to this very worthy cause are tax deductible and 100 percent of the money will go to support programs at the Kentucky Derby Museum. If you have any questions about this program, call Alice Musser at (262) 782-4480. Featuring a mockup of a stall on the backstretch at Churchill Downs, the exhibit will include a video of a farrier shoeing a horse, a display of farrier tools and include photos and graphics about the history of the farrier profession. The names of the 72 farriers who have been inducted previously into the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame will be listed on plaques, which will be updated as new members are honored each year. To make the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame home a reality, the Kentucky Derby Museum needed funding for exhibit development, design and production. These much-appreciated dollars came from 10 key farrier industry suppliers that include: American Farriers Journal, Brookfield, Wis.; Anvil Brand Shoe Co., Lexington, Ill.; Capewell Horsenails/Mustad Inc., Bloomfield, Conn.; Equilox Int'l., Pine Island, Minn.; Equine Forgings, Ltd. Fort Erie, Ontario. Other suppliers include: Farrier Science Clinic, Hamilton, Ohio; Life Data Labs, Inc., Cherokee, Ala.; St. Croix Forge, Inc., Forest Lake, Minn.; The Victory Racing Plate Co., Baltimore, Md.; and Thoro-bred, Inc., Anaheim, Calif. Among Kentucky's premier cultural attractions, the Kentucky Derby Museumcaptures the pride, tradition and excitement of "The greatest 2 minutes in sports," the Kentucky Derby. It's a place where technology, history and time-honored traditions about the equine industry are effectively combined. This results in a highly worthwhile visit for the more than 208,000 visitors who walk through this remarkable, educational and entertaining tribute to the equine industry each year.

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