Good Gossip - news from Good Farrier Services
25 April, 2012
Equine Veterinarians Australia 2012 Farrier's Conference
27 March, 2012
Friday 13 July (Lectures) and Saturday 14 July (Workshop), 2012
Friday 8:30am - 5:15pm; and Farrier dinner 7:30 - 10:30pm.
Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm.
Friday Lectures -Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland, 4101
Saturday Workshop - The RNA Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Queensland, 4006
Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) is proud to present another information-packed farriers conference. EVA continues its efforts to improve the standard of hoof care in horses and recognises the importance of a sound working relationship between horse owners, farriers and veterinarians.
Conference Convenor Dr Lionel Richards has yet again put together a very comprehensive two day programme.
The first day will consist of a series of lectures at the Convention Centre given by renowned speakers Dr Scott Morrison, Rodney King, Craig Jones and Dr Andrew Van Eps. Delegates will be able to meet, socialise and network with their colleagues and speakers during morning tea, afternoon tea, lunch and the Farrier Dinner which will be held at The Broncos Leagues Club on the evening of Friday 13 July. On the Saturday, delegates will be transported by bus from BCEC to the RNA Showground's for a full day workshop. A number of cases sourced by veterinarians and farriers will be worked up by groups during the morning and each group will present their case for discussion during the afternoon.
Registration now open! Visit www.eva.org.au.
More information and registration (PDF)
Sims Pacific Metals Hoofing It for CatWalk
14 March, 2012
A unique collaboration between Sims Pacific Metals and the Spinal Cord charity CatWalk will see tens of thousands of old horse shoes recycled in the name of scientific research.
In what's believed to be a world-first, Sims Pacific Metals and CatWalk are joining forces and encouraging New Zealand horse owners to donate their old shoes to charity.
"We're delighted to be 'hoofing it' for CatWalk." said Simon Prendergast of Sims Pacific Metals.
"It's a fantastic chance to help horse owners out by getting rid of what is essentially a recyclable item, while benefitting the environment and helping in the search for a cure.
"People joke a lot about 'lucky' horseshoes. Well, this is a chance to make those lucky shoes really count for something."
The CatWalk founder, Catriona Williams, agreed.
"With more than 7 thousand sporthorses in New Zealand, most of which wear steel shoes, and thousands more racehorses wearing aluminium shoes, there are tonnes of metal tied up in stable yards around the country.
"If we can harness those shoes, and put the funding into research, that only increases the chances of getting people out of chairs and back on their feet."
Katie McVean, NZ's current showjumping star and Hoofing It Ambassador said her own experience with discarded horseshoes showed that the project would give them a new lease on life.
"A horse might be shod eight - twelve times a year but the shoes don't last that long, and what do you do with them when they've had it? Most people have rusting lumps of horse shoes tucked away - this is a chance to get rid of them and support a fantastic cause!"
The scheme, which is supported by the Farriers Association, will work when horse owners drop their shoes at selected locations including five PGG Wrightson stores, independent feed shops and vet clinics, and also at temporary locations at events such as the Horse of the Year Show.
Sims Pacific Metals will provide the collection bins, empty them and transport the contents before processing the used shoes.
Simon Prendergast of Sims Pacific Metals said early feedback had been extremely positive.
"Horseshoes usually end up as a rubbish item of zero value. We're the right people to get an end use out of them."
Sims Pacific Metals can take any metal items and will also consider a farm collection, if there is enough metal on the property.
The Hoofing It project will formally begin at the NZ Horse Of The Year Show 13-18th March 2012.
Information: Emma Lowes | The CatWalk Trust; firstname.lastname@example.org | +64 6 377 5430
Simon Prendergast | Sims Pacific Metals Simon.email@example.com | +64 9 276 1809
Good Gossip - news from Good Farrier Services
27 December, 2011
Plating - NZ Rules of Racing - Schedule 7
11 July, 2011
A revision of the 'plates' section of the seventh schedule of the NZ Racing Conference Rules of Racing has been made.
October 2010 newsletter
New article added: What are the issues surrounding the barefoot vs. shoes argument?