The Boards of Directors of the American Farrier’s Association [AFA] and Farrier Industry Association [FIA] are proud to announce a joint management agreement that will bring the two associations together under one roof. This agreement, which is designed to provide increased synergies between AFA members and the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers that support them, was signed by the Presidents of both organizations on June 16, 2020.
“This is a very exciting time for both associations, and we have some plans that we are sure will bring the manufacturing and vendor side of the industry closer to our AFA members. A lot of work has gone into this merger and we hope you will join us in our excitement,” said Jon Johnson, CJF, AFA President.
Although the brands and identities of the AFA and the FIA will remain unchanged, the two associations will be jointly managed to provide enhanced benefits, streamlined communications and increased education for the betterment of both groups. “We truly believe that both associations will grow, thrive and continue the positive momentum that they have already established under this agreement”, said Executive Director, Martha Jones. “I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”
The two associations will continue working together on the AFA annual convention, as well as on additional projects to align the organizations and provide increased benefits for their members.
“We certainly see this as groundbreaking,” said FIA President, Chuck Milne. “In fact, bringing the industry and farriers closer together is something we have all wanted to see for quite some time. I believe this agreement will directly benefit our organizations both individually and collectively, as well,” he said.
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.
The organization of the MarketPlace at the AFA Convention is just one facet of this vibrant and multi-dimensional organization. The FIA membership is made up of suppliers, manufacturers, and service providers of farrier-related products from around the world. If it is important to our members’ businesses, it is important to the FIA. We are committed to helping our members grow their businesses with networking, education, marketing and outreach through our Business Conference, newsletter, membership directory, website and much more.
Martha Jones, Executive Director
American Farrier’s Association/Farrier Industry Association
859-233-7411 x. 3 (office)