This year's clinic at Life Data Labs will feature two well-known and respected AAPF and AFA clinicians: Steve Kraus CJF APF of Trumansburg, New York and Bob Pethick CJF APF of Califon, New Jersey.
STEVE KRAUS joined the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine as head farrier, effective November 1, 2010.
Kraus specializes in troubleshooting under-performing horses around the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York. His client list includes hunter/jumpers, dressage and event horses, polo, endurance, western performance, Morgans, and driving horses. He is the recent past president of the Western New York Farriers Association and a past member of the Board of Directors for Region # 5 of the American Farrier's Association.
At Cornell, Steve is responsible for the work and teaching and recruiting students for the farriery course. His position supports patient needs within the Equine and Nemo Farm Animal Hospitals and the Farrier Shop, performing duties that include basic horse shoeing, corrective hoof trimming/shoeing, therapeutic methods, splint fabrication, and other relevant needs.
A graduate of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a bachelor’s in Animal Science, Kraus is an American Farriers Association Certified Journeyman Farrier. He has shod many types and breeds of show and performance horses for more than 40 years. In addition, he has worked for Mustad Hoofcare since 1976 as their farrier consultant, representing the organization across the country at farrier and horse owner clinics and events, as well as testing and developing horse nails, horseshoes, farrier tools, and the hoof care products that Mustad produces and markets. Since 1968, Kraus has also been the farrier for all the equine programs in the Cornell University Athletic department, which includes the Cornell Polo Team, Equestrian Team, and Physical Education Riding Program.
An avid rider and polo player, Kraus owns and trains five polo horses at his farm in Trumansburg, N.Y. He plays outdoor polo during the summer and coaches and umpires for indoor polo at the Cornell Equestrian Center during the rest of the year.
BOB PETHICK began shoeing horses in 1971 apprenticing for three years with several farriers and attending forging seminars at Bruce Daniel's South Jersey School of Horseshoeing. Today, in his busy career, he fills many roles as an active farrier and clinician, teacher, international judge and in promoting and supporting excellence in the industry. He has served on the AFA Therapeutic Exam Board and has been active with the AFA Certification Committee. Bob is also a past and current president of the Garden State Horseshoers Association Northern Chapter, served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Professional Farriers and was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in 2006.
Bob's professional certifications include AFA Certified (1983), Journeyman Certified(1986), and an AFA Examiner (1988).
In 1979, Bob began competing at state events and worked his way up through the divisions. After competing at the 1985 AFA Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, Bob was selected to become a member of the North American Horseshoeing Team and is a two-time member of that Team. He is a five-time member of the American Farriers Team and has represented the US in international competition. Bob now judges competitions at the international level. He is a five-time judge of the AFA National Competition and has also judged the World Championship Blacksmith Competition in Calgary, the Mustad National Competition in Scotland and the International Team Farrier Competition in England.
A clinician since 1986, Bob gives many clinics on balance and recognizing and treating hoof capsule distortion. He utilizes OnTrack software to use gait analysis to add dynamic balance to his presentations. Bob has been the recipient of the Jim Linzy Outstanding Clinician Award by the American Farriers Association.
With these two great clinicians and Life Data's reputation as a gracious host, it will be sure to be one of the best clinics of 2017. Hope you put this one on your calendar!