The 2017 AAPF/IAPF Hoofcare Essentials 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 Smith CF APF-I of Plymouth, California.
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 SMITH is the founder and owner of Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, California.
An award winning educator who previously ran a very successful horseshoeing practice in the Sacramento, California area. Clients included winning Grand Prix jumpers on the professional circuit, Medal winning dressage horses, winners of Snaffle Bit Futurities in Reno, Oregon and Idaho, Cutting horses competing at Fort Worth, Texas, endurance horses competing in the Tevis Cup 100 mile race as well as many trail and pleasure horses. This broad experience at the top of each discipline ensures you will not receive a one size fits all type of shoeing education, but specific insights and tips that you will find useful across disciplines.
Graduate studies in Farrier Science with Dr. Doug Butler at Sul Ross University, Alpine, Texas. A graduate of California State University at Sacramento. A Vietnam era veteran. Maintains the feet of the hoofed animals at the San Francisco Zoo.
Awarded numerous honors for both his skill as a farrier and as an educator, including his induction, in 2010, into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY. Bob has also authored many articles published in leading equine magazines such as Practical Horseman and Dressage Today.
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!