Dec. 17, 2005 -- More than 700 farriers and equine veterinarians are expected to attend the third annual International Hoof-Care Summit to be held at the Cincinnati Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel, January 31 through February 3. The crowd will include renowned horseshoers, veterinarians and researchers from around the United States and the world, as well as hundreds of horseshoers looking to improve their knowledge and skills.
Beyond attracting some of the leading experts in hoof care, the International Hoof-Care Summit focuses on education, with no shoeing contests or association meetings. The IHCS provides education through various formats, including general sessions, classroom sessions, roundtables and networking.
Attendees also receive several hoof-care publications valued at more than $100 from the American Farriers Journal, which stages the event. Veterinarians and vet technicians also can earn continuing education credits for attending, as approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
Several hours of the conference are dedicated to a trade show in which industry suppliers focus on the latest products available to the market. The trade show hours do not conflict with the scheduled learning sessions.
"We've had great feedback about the first two summits from hoof-care professionals who tell us how they were able to use what they learned. Now we're even hearing from horse owners who plan to send their farriers for the sake of continuing education," says Frank Lessiter, editor and publisher of the American Farriers Journal.
Among the more than 40 featured presenters at the upcoming summit are:
- Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center, Versailles, Ky.
- Scott Morrison, DVM, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Ky.
- Lee Green, Hall of Fame farrier, Yucaipa, Calif.
- Gene Ovnicek, farrier, Penrose, Colo., advocate of the Natural Balance trim
- Susan Kempson, DVM, Scotland, offering a new perspective on laminitis
- David Farmilo, farrier, Australia, covering shoeing basics and performance shoeing
Registration remains open to farriers, equine veterinarians, horse owners and others interested in hoof care. For more information about the summit or to request a copy of the 12-page program, contact the American Farriers Journal at (800) 645-8455 (U.S. and Canada only) or (262) 782-4480, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.americanfarriers.com/ff/ihcs.