Log in

Farrier Industry Association Newsletter - February, 2023

My "First" FIA Newsletter!

Hello!  My name is Margie Brangers and I am your new Member Services Manager.  I was fortunate to meet some of you in Little Rock.  And, even more of you at the recent Summit in Cincinnati.  My hope is to meet more of you in the future!  I am very excited to join the FIA Team!  Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time via email ( or call/text me at (502) 779-1522.


The first 2023 FIA Board meeting is in the books!

Your new Board of Directors met on January 18th to:

*Focus on the FIA mission statement

*Recap the Little Rock AFA Convention and MarketPlace

*Listen to preliminary plans and anticipated registration deadlines for Atlantis Casino Resort - Reno 2023 (well done team Emily!)

*Review 2022 finances and roundtable the proposed new 2023 budget

*Dive into suggestions for FIA membership business and social activity possibilities in Reno or elsewhere

*Discuss some Goals:

FIA membership/MarketPlace exhibitor Drive

Supply house focus

Media campaign

Update logo/marketing

Create farrier school promo package

This BOD has a great group of members that keep the conversation moving!  We have laid some groundwork and hope to deliver FIA mission-focused results to our membership.  Please reach out to any member (or several) if you have comments or suggestions.  I'm at

Mark Hickcox, CF, President

2023 Board of Directors Contact Information 

Mark Hickcox, President - Victory - (239) 682-7773 -

Eric Nygaard, Vice President - New Farm Farrier Supply - (941) 377-7775 -

Audrie Salsbury, Secretary - Canoga Farrier Supply - (818) 702-6375 -

John Harshbarger, Treasurer - Well-Shod - (806) 322-3680 -

Erin Baayen, Member - Rusty Brown Jewelry - (951) 290-1423 -

Bobby Salsbury, Member - Canoga Farrier Supply - (818) 702-6375 -

Rob Michel, Member - Oleo Acres Farrier & Blacksmith Supply - (303) 979-0446 -

Chuck Milne, Past President - Texas Farrier Supply - (817) 478-6105 -

Don't hesitate to reach out to your Board of Director members.  They would love to hear from you!

We are headed to Reno!

November 6 - 10, 2023

Important Dates to Remember:

March 13 - FIA MarketPlace registration packets will be mailed via USPS.

April 5 - MarketPlace registration opens for FIA members who were a 2022 AFA or FIA sponsor, or who are a 2023 early commitment sponsor, in the amount of $1,500 or greater for either year.

April 12 - FIA MarketPlace registration opens for all FIA members.

April 26 - FIA MarketPlace registration opens for anyone interested in exhibiting.

May 17 - FIA MarketPlace booth assignments will be released.

MarketPlace Dates:  November 8 - 10, 2023

We want to fill that convention space this year, so if you have a lead on a prospective MarketPlace exhibitor, share their information with me and I will gladly follow-up.  You can call/text me at (502) 779-1522 or by email.

Hall of Legends Nominations

Do you have a nominee for the 2023 class that you feel should be honored for his/her service to the industry and to our association?  Nominees may be living or deceased.

Please be sure that your business agrees to this nomination and that only one nominee is submitted per business. All nominations are due to the FIA office by April 1, 2023. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Thank you for your consideration, and for helping us recognize our influential members in this special way!

Click on this link to access the nomination form:  FIA Hall of Legends Nomination Form.pdf OR Online Hall of Legends Nomination Form

Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2023.

Renew your FIA Membership TODAY!  If you have misplaced your invoice, just shoot me an email and another one will show up in your inbox.  You can quickly make a payment online or send us a check.

Farrier Industry Association

2201 Regency Road  | Suite 704

Lexington, KY 40503

T: (859) 233-7411  

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software