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Farrier Industry Association
2201 Regency Road
Ste #704
Lexington, KY 40503

Staff Contacts
Executive Director:
Martha Jones

Member Services Manager: Margie Brangers


2024 Board of Directors

President: Mark Hickcox
Vice President: Eric Nygaard
Secretary: Audrie Salsbury
Treasurer: John Harshbarger
Past President: Chuck Milne
Member: Erin Baayen
Member: Bobby Salsbury
Member:  Rob Michel

MemberTorri Broadus

Happy New Year FIA Members!

2023 was a great year, but I think 2024 is going to be even better!  My little granddaughter turns two this month, which is exciting.  She is just a joy and I love every minute I spend with her!  January also marks my one-year anniversary with the FIA.  What a great group of people I am blessed to work with!

We have already begun discussions concerning the MarketPlace in November.  We will keep you posted on any changes.  Sponsorships will be available for MarketPlace.   We hope you will consider being a sponsor as you set your budget for 2024.

The AFA convention will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee from November 11 - 15, 2024.  Mark your calendars so you don't overbook that week!

Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time via email or call/text me at (502) 779-1522 if you need my assistance.


FIA Progress – President’s View

January 2024

Happy New Year!

Did you ring in 2024 singing a familiar song to AFA/FIA members? Auld Lang Syne means Old Long Since (literally) and is interpreted to mean since long ago or for old times’ sake. We ring in the new year with these words, but we also close each AFA Convention that way. This Scottish song is attributed to the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns in 1788. The AFA tradition is attributed to Edward Martin FWCF and has been kept alive by Don Gustafson CJF of Woodside, CA. After the AFA awards banquet each year, singing Auld Lang Syne is the attendee’s way of saying “see you soon” or “until next time” instead of just “goodbye.”

How appropriate for a close-knit industry like ours to sing about our next gathering while ending the current one. If you haven’t witnessed this AFA tradition in person, please consider joining me in Chattanooga, November 11-15, 2024. The FIA Board of Directors is already planning the 2024 FIA MarketPlace and our next BOD meeting is January 17.

  • FIA Membership renewal packets are going out now.
  • Each FIA member renewal packet comes with a window cling for your business. Don’t forget that Rayzin Kane Business Solutions can stitch your business logo and the new FIA logo on your branded gear. Visit to order!
  • The 21st annual International Hoof-Care Summit is January 23-26 in Cincinnati, OH. The American Farriers Journal team packs a lot into this week of educational lectures and demos. The Trade Show is excellent and I look forward to seeing you there!

Visit for the FIA current events and latest updates!

Mark Hickcox CF



Do you have a nominee for the 2024 Hall of Legends 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, 2024.

Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Martha Jones.

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


Hall of Legends Online Nomination Form




It is time to renew your FIA membership!  You should have received an invoice in your email AND also an invoice by snail mail by now.  Renew now to take advantage of the entire year of FIA benefits.  Those of you who have already renewed should have received your window cling by snail mail.  Want to use the new logo on your website or business cards?  We can send you the logo digitally.  

We are so very, very fortunate for all of          our members. 

Thank you to all of you for supporting us!

Welcome back to our renewed members as of December 31, 2023.

Alvin Farrier Supply - Joy Smith

Canoga Farrier Supply - Bobby & Audrie Salsbury

Castle Plastics, Inc. - Joe Serafini

Centaur Forge LLC - Bekki Baas

Cooper's Country Store - Troy Cooper

Diamond Farrier Co. - Edward Szymanski

Doug Butler Enterprises - Jacob Butler

EasyCare, Inc. - Dan Schroeder

EquiFit, Inc. - Caitlin Bradley

Equilox International - Al Carlson

Equine Digit Support System - Cody Ovnicek

F.lli Bassoli SAS - Giorgio  Bassoli

Farrier Product Distribution - Dan Burke

Farrier Science Clinc - Phyllis Peacock

Glue-U Adhesives - Peter Loots

Harry Patton Horseshoeing Supplies - Ada Gates Patton

Ken Davis & Sons, Inc. - Gina or Brian Davis

Keratex Equine Hoofcare - Sebastian Red

Keystone Leather/R.A.T.E. Co. - Matt Schall

Life Data Labs - Mike Barker

Marechalerie Bromont Inc - Cynthia Roy

Mustad Hoofcare Center - Rob Logsdon

New Farm Farrier Supply - Eric & Julie Nygaard

Nordic Forge - James or Erikk Peterson

Northeast Farrier Supply - Vin Giannetti

Oleo Acres Farrier & Blacksmith Supply - Rob Michel

Palm Beach Farrier Supply - Joy Ream

Rafter v. Farrier Supply - Traci & Jerry von Kaenel

Texas Farrier Supply - Chuck Milne

The Shoein' Shop - Lee Green

The Victory Racing Plate Company - Mark Hickcox

Visby Products Farrier Supplies - Jeff Gartner

Well-Shod - John Harshbarger

If you know of a company that you think might be interested in becoming a member of our Association, please send them this application:  2024 FIA Membership Form.pdf


2024 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 -

Torri Broadus, Member - Hanton Horseshoes - (502) 321-6619 -

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!


November 11-15, 2024



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Answer:  The outside!


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