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Mustad And American Farriers Journal To Recognize Volunteer Work Of Hoof-Care Professionals

Many hoof-care professionals selflessly donate their time to several causes. Some farriers travel abroad to impoverished regions to treat donkeys used to transport produce. Others give their time to teach hoof-care basics to local 4-H groups. With the Summit Achievement Award, Mustad Hoofcare Center and American Farriers Journal will honor the work of one of these dedicated volunteers.

“This program will reward farriers and equine veterinarians who have gone the extra mile to freely offer their time and hoof-care expertise to help horses, horse owners, horse groups or the equine industry with hoof-care concerns,” says Frank Lessiter, Editor/Publisher of American Farriers Journal. “This annual program will be a new way of recognizing individuals who have given so much back to the equine industry.”

To enter a deserving hoof-care professional, fill out the form found at http://www.AmericanFarriers.com/ff/givingback. This form can be mailed or e-mailed to the addresses provided on the form. In addition to completing this form, please write a 1- to 2-page summary explaining why your nominee should be honored for his or her exceptional work. We will also accept any photographs documenting this volunteerism. The deadline to nominate is December 27, 2008.

Several veteran members of the hoof-care community will judge the entries. The winner will be announced in early February at the 2009 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati. An article about the winner will appear in the March issue of AFJ. We will also name the winner on http://www.AmericanFarriers.com.

Judging criteria will be based on the amount of time, money, other resources that are contributed, the innovation of the contribution in terms of creativity and uniqueness. The judges will also evaluate the impact of the volunteered efforts to the equine community, the level of contribution on the local, regional, national or global level, the results of the volunteered work and the amount of required skill and knowledge.

Mustad Hoofcare Center will donate $2,000 to award the winner to continue his or her ongoing volunteer work, along with a plaque and travel expenses and registration to the 2010 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati.

“Mustad North America is honored to help recognize outstanding achievement in giving back to the industry,” says Glenn Hause, Director of Marketing & Sales at Mustad USA. “The Summit Achievement Award is the pinnacle of recognition for farriers contributing their time and talents back to the equine industry. The award also represents the hallmarks we embrace as part of our mission statement and core values as a company.”


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