The American Farrier’s Association [AFA] is pleased to announce the return of our annual convention to beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee, March 10 – 13, 2020.
As the only nationwide event of its kind and scale, the AFA convention brings farriers, veterinarians, suppliers, horse owners and students together for four days of education, competition, certification, hands-on learning and networking, as well as a robust MarketPlace that includes many of the top suppliers and manufacturers in the equine industry.
Beginning on Tuesday, March 10, our 49th annual convention will feature guest lecturers who are at the top of their fields in the farrier, blacksmith and veterinarian professions. Including 20 hour-long sessions in just four days, attendees will be able to learn from renowned speakers on a variety of hoof-care related topics.
In addition to lectures, AFA convention guests will be able to participate in hands-on learning demonstrations with our qualified certification instructors, start their journey towards farrier certification with our Examiners and Testers, visit top-of-the-line suppliers and exhibitors in our MarketPlace, network with people from all over the world, and watch the best farriers in the industry compete in our 2020 National Forging & Horseshoeing Competition.
The National Forging & Horseshoeing Competition will take place from March 10 through March 12, featuring over 150 farriers competing in the Open, Intermediate, and 2-Person Draft Classes, and culminating in the Capewell North American Challenge Cup Live Shoeing Finals on March 12 from 12:00 – 3:00pm. It is from this competition that the members of the 2020 American Farriers Team and Apprentice Team will be named. These outstanding competitors will then represent the United States at competitions all over the world, but most notably at the International Team Horseshoeing Competition at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, England in October.
“We are excited to be returning to Chattanooga for our 49th year as it is a great location for our attendees and it allows us to bring all of the elements of our unique event together under one roof in a beautiful convention center,” said AFA Executive Director, Martha Jones. “We welcome anyone to attend - even if it’s only just for one day - to watch and learn from the top farriers and veterinarians in the world, and to better understand why using a certified farrier matters for the welfare of your horse.”
More information on the AFA convention, including the full schedule of speakers, events and competition classes, can be found here: https://americanfarriers.org/page/2020-convention-home.
For registration information, please visit https://americanfarriers.org/events/register.aspx?id=1278518&itemid=277c5b83-e7b5-433e-8c22-6a380e027414 or call the American Farrier’s Association office at 859-233-7411.
Representing professional farriers, veterinarians, suppliers and horse owners, the American Farrier’s Association is the oldest and largest membership organization for the farrier industry in North America, and the only one with internationally recognized standards of competency through our certification programs. Setting the standard for excellence in hoof care, the AFA provides professional development, certification, leadership and resources for the benefit of the farrier industry and the welfare of the horse.
Martha Jones, Executive Director
American Farrier’s Association
859-233-7411 x. 3 (office)