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Inaugural Super Clinic Success

By: Alexandra Hamilton

When horse show season ends, continuing education season begins!

This October, thirty farriers and equine professionals gathered in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island for an inaugural “Super Clinic.” This clinic consisted of a 2-day tool building clinic with Chad Lauson (Lausen Farrier Tools) of Strathmore, Alberta; an evening workshop about how to read radiographs (x-rays) presented by Dr. Kaitlin McDonald DVM of Victoria, BC; and a one-day clinic on utilizing “Hoof Beat” technology (Langley, BC) and building/applying wooden clogs delivered by Kim Lacey CJF DIPWCF of Sylvan Lake Alberta.

During the tool-building workshop, a smaller group of farriers worked with Chad Lausen to learn how to build anvil blocks, hot fit tongs, and fullers. This hands-on work was supplemented by several business lectures, during which Chad instilled the importance of using business acumen and smart goals to plan for the future in a physically-demanding industry.

Dr. Kaitlin McDonald’s evening lecture on radiographs provided excellent instruction on how to interpret x-ray images and how farriers can use this information to achieve short and long-term goals for promoting and maintaining health and soundness. Kaitlin taught participants how radiographs are taken; how different stances, angles, and focus points can affect images; and how different anomalies can present in the findings. A team quiz at the end put the group’s knowledge to the test!

The final day started with an introduction to Source for Horse’s “Hoof Beat” technology by Kim Lacey CJF DIPWCF. Hoof Beat uses sensors attached to the hoof wall to track movement at a variety of gaits and converts this data into graphed measurements. This technology gives farriers precise information on how the horse travels to help determine the best trimming approach and shoeing package for each horse. Hoof Beat was used before and after the trimming and shoeing of a gaited horse to demonstrate the utility of this technology. Dr. Kaitlin McDonald returned to provide pre-and post-farriery radiographs to build upon the lessons of the night before.

In the afternoon of the final day, Kim Lacey and Dr. Kaitlin McDonald collaborated to use wooden clog shoes to treat a horse in an active state of founder. Kim demonstrated how to build and apply custom wooden clogs covered by casts. Radiographs monitored the rotation of the coffin bone prior to and after applying this treatment. The crowd was delighted to see the immediate comfort that the clogs brought to the lovely demo horse (“Macho”) and learned about follow-up protocol (in this case, it is anticipated that one more cycle of clogs will be followed by several cycles of supportive steel shoes as Macho heals).

Although continuing education is not mandatory for farriers, many farriers seek out professional development opportunities on their weekends and evenings in order to provide the best service possible to their clientele. The farriers in attendance at the Super Clinic are these kind of professionals, with participants travelling to the event from across British Columbia, Alberta, and even England!

This event was made possible with support from the Western Canadian Farriers Association. For information on continuing education events in your area please visit

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Chad Lausen, WCFA President

The WCFA welcomes Chad Lausen as the new WCFA President!

The following was posted November 6, 2023 by Chad on his Facebook page:

I am honoured and privileged to accept the role as President of the Western Canadian Farrier’s Association!

I learned about 30 seconds into the meeting that I am a terrible politician lol and I am definitely going to break a few rules, but I have a lot of energy and passion for the farrier industry and want to make a lot of good things happen! I am thrilled about the new elected members and we have an amazing board of individuals stepping up to make this association a super power! Looking forward to having Alexandra V Hamilton as vice president! She is a good friend and probably the most organized person I know. Thank you to the outgoing staff, Will A Clinging and Russell Floyd Awcf who have done a great job of getting the association to where it is and giving us a great place to launch from!

I know in the past many executives have been frustrated when people complain about the association to everyone except the people who can make the change. I ask that if you have a complaint or concern about the WCFA please send me a PM and I will take it to the board so it can be discussed.

Thank you to all the farriers in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for trusting me with their association!

~ Chad Lausen
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WCFA Fall Conference Results

Division I
Forging I
1st – Reilly Paugh
2nd – Jeron Chmetyk
3rd – Matthew Fayle
4th – Ashlan Koronko

Forging II
1st – Jeron Chmetyk
2nd – Reilly Paugh
3rd – Ashlan Koronko
4th – Matthew Fayle

Best Forged – Reilly Paugh
High Point – Reilly Paugh

Division II
Speed Forging
1st – Alysha Millar
2nd – Jesse Towns
3rd – Hunter Winship
4th – Madelyn Smith

Forging I
1st – Jesse Towns
2nd – Hunter Winship
3rd – Alysha Millar
4th – Rob Young

Forging II
1st – Hunter Winship
2nd – Alysha Millar
3rd – Madelyn Smith
4th – Rob Young

Shoeing 1st
Hunter Winship
2nd – Rob Young
3rd – Madelyn Smith
4th – Alysha Millar

Best Shod Hunter Winship
High Point Hunter Winship

Division III
Speed Forging
1st – Iain Ritchie
2nd – Matt Findler
3rd – Kim Lacey
4th – Caleb Green

Forging I
1st – Iain Ritchie
2nd – David deWit
3rd – Matt Findler
4th – Russell Floyd

Forging II
1st – Matt Findler
2nd – Caleb Green
3rd – Kenny Gimblett
4th – Iain Ritchie

1st – Iain Ritchie
2nd – Matt Findler
3rd – Caleb Green
4th – Spencer Wall

Best Shod Iain Ritchie
High Point Iain Ritchie