A brief history of the Farriers Association of Washington State
There was a meeting called by a well known farrier, Jack
Woods, in the area to start a union of farriers.
It was attended by about fifty farriers which was a great number to get
together at that time (or now).
It was decided at the meeting that it would be more
valuable to possibly create a Farriers’ Association. A few people volunteered
to try and come up with something acceptable.
The group included John Palmer, who had tried to create an
association in Olympia and had a great program already outlined; Bill Miller,
instructor at Olympia Community College and a farrier of great repute; Al
Martineau, owner of a farrier supply; Ed Riebe, a farrier and writer for outdoor
magazines; and Gordon Goss, a show farrier from Redmond, Wa.
We met for several months and outlined a program that
became FAWS. We became chapter 2 in
the American Farriers Association (AFA).
We had the first testing for farrier competency in the United States and much of what we
created was later adopted by the AFA.