A pair of farriers and three equine veterinarians earned hall of fame recognition during induction ceremonies during the recent 10th annual International Hoof-Care Summit. These five individuals were honored for outstanding careers in equine hoof care during the event, held Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Farriers Marshall Iles, CJF, and Dean Pearson, CJF, were inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame. Veterinarians Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS; Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM; and Harry Werner, VMD, joined the International Equine Veterinarians Hall Of Fame.
Marshall Iles, of Calgary, Alberta, has shod high-level hunters and jumpers for more than 20 years. A graduate of the Olds College advanced farrier science program, he is well known for his commitment to farrier education through his work as a clinician and as a long-time volunteer with the annual World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition held during the Calgary Stampede.
Pearson, of Nottingham, Pa., has earned an international reputation for forging excellence while shoeing high-end performance horses. He has been a member of the American Farriers Team, shod for the Canadian Olympic Equestrian Team and is known for his commitment to his clients and his profession.
Dyson is the head of Clinical Orthopedics at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England. Known for both her work with horses and extensive research, Dyson has published more than 190 papers on lameness and diagnostic imaging in scientific journals. She has co-authored several veterinary textbooks and has also trained and competed as a high-level rider in international events.
Frank is the chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, Mass. Born in the United Kingdom and trained in the United States, Frank is known for his exploration and research into laminitis, metabolic syndrome, and endocrinology. He previously served on the veterinary faculty of the University of Tennessee and as a consulting member of the faculty at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.
Werner of North Granby, Conn., has been practicing equine medicine and surgery since 1974, and his career has had a focus on lameness cases. He is a student of the equine foot and has been instrumental in emphasizing the importance of good hoof care to the membership of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, of which he is a past president.
The International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame was established in 1992 to honor farriers around the world who have made significant contributions to the profession and who have left a permanent, positive impression on their peers and clients. American Farriers Journal and the Kentucky Derby Museum sponsor the program. Farriers are nominated by their peers, trainers, veterinarians, horse owners, friends, and family members. The names and qualifications of nominees are submitted to current members, who serve as the board of electors.
Established in 1997, the International Equine Veterinarians Hall Of Fame honors veterinarians who have contributed to the knowledge and recognition of proper hoof care for horses. Veterinarians are nominated either as practicing equine vets who work closely with farriers in the field, or as college and industry vets involved in teaching, research or other important aspects of equine veterinary and hoof care.