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 Farrier Industry Association Newsletter

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

Staff Contacts
Executive Director:
Martha Jones

Member Services Manager: Margie Brangers

2023 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
Rob Michel

MemberTorri Broadus


Hello FIA Members!

Even though November is a very busy month, I am grateful for the opportunity this time of year gives me to stop and really think about all I have to be thankful for.  I am sure your days fly by just like mine do.  Settle in with those you care for and just enjoy spending time together.  And, eat another piece of pie!  Pie always makes life better!  

By the time you read this newsletter, many of us will packing or already on our way to Reno!  I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to meet many of you there!  Reno is going to be awesome!

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

November 2023

It’s here! I hope to see everyone at the 52nd annual AFA Convention in Reno!

FIA MarketPlace 2023 will be busy with over 90 booths sold, as of our October 18 FIA BOD meeting.

FIA schedule highlights:

11/6 FIA registration 1:00 – 6:00 pm

11/7 FIA registration 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

FIA “Farrier Family Feud” 1:30 – 2:30 pm (see info below)

FIA Exhibitor Move-in 3:00 – 6:00 pm

11/8 FIA registration 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

FIA Exhibitor Move-in 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

FIA MarketPlace 3:00 – 6:00 pm

11/9 FIA Member Breakfast Meeting 7:30 – 10:00 am (see info below)

FIA registration 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

FIA MarketPlace 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (member only)

FIA MarketPlace 2:00 – 6:00 pm

11/10 FIA registration 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Morning Devotion 8:00 – 8:50 am

FIA MarketPlace 9:00 – 10:00 am (member only)

FIA MarketPlace 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

FIA Exhibitor Move-out 12:45 – 3:00 pm

Grand Finale dinner 5:30 – 10:30 pm

  • FARRIER FAMILY FEUD is coming! See Rob Michel (Oleo Acres) and farrier industry stars onstage in Reno, competing for cash and prizes. Don’t miss this session on Tuesday before FIA MarketPlace move-in!!!
  • RSVP TODAY: The annual FIA Business Conference breakfast is Thursday, November 9 from 7:30 – 10 am in Grand Ballroom 5-7. Each FIA member can reserve 2 spots via email to We’re expecting a full room, great discussions, and the latest FIA Hall of Legends induction!
  • Rayzin Kane Business Solutions, the onsite embroiderer at the AFA Convention, will have the new FIA logo ready to stitch in Reno. FIA branding will look great with your company logo on hoodies, hats, jackets or any other item that can be embroidered. Bring your gear or purchase from the store at AFA Convention.
  • Our next BOD meeting is November 29. Reno recap and start planning for 2024 FIA MarketPlace Chattanooga, November 11 – 15 2024!

Visit for the FIA current events and latest updates!

Mark Hickcox CF

While you are in Reno, please make sure to visit all the MarketPlace booths!

2023 MarketPlace Exhibitors:

American Farrier’s Association

American Farriers Journal

Anatomy of the Equine

Animal Health Solutions, Inc.

Anvil Brand

Auntie Em's High Performance Products LLC

Badger Built, Inc.

Boss Tools

California Farrier Supplies


China Horseshoes/More Forge Factory

Cody Gregory LLC

Dapple LLC

Dufour Forge USA

EasyCare, Inc.

Edward Martin Products, LLC

Elk Grove Milling, Inc.

F.Li Bassoli Fratelli S.A.S.

Farrierbox, LLC

Farrier Industry Association

Farrier Product Distribution, Inc.

Forge of A Lifetime

G.E. Forge & Tool

Glue-U Adhesives

Grand Circuit Products LLC

Hanton Horseshoes

Hemp for Horses


Horse Science Anatomyworks

Indian Creek Forge, LLC

Kahn Forge/Thorobred/Vulcan

Kawell USA

Keystone Leather/R.A.T.E.

Life Data Labs, Inc.


Montana Farrier Supply

Mustad USA

Myron McLane Aprons

Nordic Forge, Inc.

Oleo Acres Farrier Supply, Inc.

Ore Branch Forge, Inc.

Reno Tahoe

Ridley, Inc.

River Bottom Forge

Rusty Brown Jewelry

Save Edge, Inc.

Shayne Carter Knives

Silverback Chaps

Steel Stamps, Inc.

Stockhoff’s LLC

Stonewell Bodies & Machine, Inc.

Texas Farrier Supply Inc

The Shoein' Shop

The Victory Racing Plate Company

Vetericyn Animal Wellness


Werkman USA

World Championship Blacksmiths

Yukon Forge LLC


Wednesday, November 8th

3 pm – 6 pm           FIA MARKETPLACE OPEN

Sponsored Hors d’oeuvres & Cash Bar

Thursday, November 9th

10:30 am – 12 pm    MarketPlace Exhibitor & FIA Members Only

2 pm – 6 pm             FIA MARKETPLACE OPEN

Friday, November 10

9 am – 10 am           MarketPlace Exhibitor & FIA Members Only

10 am – 12:30 pm     FIA MARKETPLACE OPEN

FIA MarketPlace Sponsors! 

We sincerely appreciate your support!


 Farrier Family Feud

Pictured above is the host of this event, our very own FIA member, Rob Michel, owner of Oleo Acres Farrier Supply, Inc.  You will not want to miss this event!  Many of your farrier friends and FIA members will be competing on teams to take home the grand prize!    

The four team leaders are: 

Hank Chisholm, CJF

Dusty Franklin, CJF, AWCF, ASF

Jeff Gartner, Visby Products Farrier Supplies

Jennifer Horn, CJF

This fun and educational event will be held on Tuesday, November 7th at 1:30 pm in the Lecture Hall at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.  We hope you will make plans to come out and support your AFA farrier friends and our FIA members!  You will have fun and learn something too!

2023 FIA Business Conference

Thank you to those who registered to attend this event in Reno!  Along with the panel discussions, the winner of the FIA logo contest will be announced AND the newest inductee to the Hall of Legends will also be announced.

Thursday, November 9th

7:30 am - 10 am

Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa - Grand Ballroom 5-7

Reservations requested for this event - 2 per persons per FIA Member please.


The Desperado's Horse

A Desperado rides into town and downs a few drinks at the saloon.  When he steps outside again, he finds his horse has been stolen.  The Desperado swears, steps back into the bar, and fires a round into the piano.  The room goes dead silent.  "I'm gonna have one more beer," the Desperado bellows to the terrified crowd, "and if my horse ain't back where I left him when I'm done, I'll do here what I had to do in Houston."

The locals murmur uneasily as the Desperado sips his drink.  Lucky for them all, when he steps outside again his horse has been returned.  As the Desperado saddles up, a local can't help but ask, "Sir, what exactly was it you had to do in Houston?"  

The Desperado narrows his eyes and hisses at the man, "I had to walk home."

Farrier Industry Association

2201 Regency Road  | Suite 704

Lexington, KY 40503

T: (859) 233-7411  

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