Hello friends. I have been on a whirlwind tour over the last 5 weeks or so. From the WCB contest in Louisiana, to a contest and clinic in Vermont, the Training and Standardisation Day for the Worshipful Company of Farriers in Stoneleigh, UK, and from there to conducting the Farrier International Testing System (FITS) Exams in South Africa. I was home a week, and then went back to the UK for the WCF Diploma exams at Hereford and Myerscough. Good to be home now, but needless to say, I am way behind. I will be home until Thursday, when Cody and I head to New Mexico for the WCB clinic at Craig Trnka's place in Edgewood. This off season is going fast, and does not feel like much of an off season.
Anyway, some exciting stuff happening. The FITS is getting some great publicity, and 4 SAFA farriers achieved the top level of Advanced Skills Farrier. I am now representing Steve Turpin, the owner of www.horseshoes.com, and www.farriers.com. He is a great guy, and I think there will be some neat stuff coming for our industry. The classes next year are filling up, and I have a couple of other things in the works.
My book problems with another author are finished and behind me, and I have lost a lot of respect for the legal system and others. Needless to say, there are things that don't make sense when they happen. However, the book sales are good and most of the people that have gotten "Gregory's Textbook of Farriery" have really enjoyed it.
I hope to post more later, and I hope that you all have a blessed Christmas, and a prosperous new year. Keep on keepin' on.