LINK CASEY
President
14013 East Hwy  136
LaFayette, GA 30728
MASTER FARRIER
MASTER EDUCATOR, TESTER
HALL OF FAME 2005
706-397-8047
office
farrierhdq@aol.com

Link has grown up in the horseshoeing world. He traveled across the U.S. with his parents who were actively involved in the BWFA, hosting clinics and conventions. He has grown up around Master Farriers from all over the U.S. and other countries.

Starting at age 13, he spent his summers assisting and gaining his farrier certification. He is currently the owner and head instructor of Casey & Son Horseshoeing School in Georgia. Link has been teaching the art and science of horseshoeing since 2008, helping to create the next generation of skilled farriers.

Link physically helped build the Farriers' National Research Center which was the first permanent facility to offer continuing education for farriers with more advanced training.  Link was voted Horseshoer of the Year in 2010. 

TONY PHILLIPS
2664 Apt to Miss Rd
Monticello,  GA   31064
LIFETIME Board Member
MASTER FARRIER
TESTER
HALL OF FAME 1999
706-468-5100
newhopebc@aol.com

Tony started his shoeing career in 1988 in the Gainesville, Georgia area. He was one of the seven farriers who met in 1989 to form the BWFA and has played an active role in promoting its goal in his business. As a clinician for BWFA clinics & Tester, he has been instrumental in helping to spread education in sound shoeing to both farrier and owner.

Among his accomplishments, he has been awarded Tester of the Year, Appreciation Award and induction into the Farriers Hall of Fame.

Tony passed the knowledge and passion for his trade onto his son. Tony is currently retired and raises World Champion Border Collies. He is still an important contributor to the board in an advisory role.

CHRIS GLOVER


Georgia
MASTER FARRIER
HALL OF FAME 2005

BWFA Member since 1999

After graduating from Casey & Son 18 years ago, I joined the FNRC Board and the BWFA. Each new integrative technique that I have learned through the BWFA conventions and FNRC studies, especially Equine Flexion Therapy has made me a better farrier with more knowledge than just knowing how to tack on a shoe.                        -Chris Glover

LOUIS BISHOP

Alabama
Journeyman I
 

BWFA Member since 2013

"One of my major draws to the BWFA was the knowledge sharing, not just between the farriers, but owners and vets as well.  I feel many of us are in this field for the health and wellbeing of the horses and strive to be knowledgeable and up to date on procedures. The next piece of information could be right around the corner, lets grab it and grow together."                                                                                                      -Louis "L.C." Bishop

 

FRANZ ROBINSON


North Carolina
Apprentice II

BWFA Member since 2014

 

Franz is a retired Army veteran after serving our country for 14 years. He holds a certificate in Equine Flexion Therapy. Upon graduation from farrier school he has started his own business and is a full time professional farrier. He continues to improve his skill as a farrier by attending as many continuing education events as possible. His long time military career and acquired knowledge will make him an asset to the organization.

Advisory Board Member

MICHAEL FORMAN
Alabamba
Journeyman II
TESTER
HALL OF FAME 2005

BWFA Member since 2000
 

 

Michael "Alabama" Foreman has been a farrier, assistant instructor and Tester. He is someone with an easy going nature in helping young people become better farriers. Michael helped build the Farriers' National Research Center and spent tireless hours helping organize and set up clinics and conventions.

 

RONNEY DEBOARD
Georgia
Master Farrier
TESTER
HALL OF FAME 2010

BWFA Member since 1992
 

Ronney studied under Elmer Seybold who at one time owned the oldest horseshoeing school in the U.S. He became an excellent instructor at the forge and continues to teach forge classes. He enjoys therapeutic shoeing and takes pride in his work. He is a the current BWFA Certification Chairman and a Lead Tester in helping farriers upgrade. 

DANIELA SCHATZ
Georgia
JOURNEYMAN I

BWFA Member since 2006

 

Daniela is a native of Autria and came to the U.S. with her husband. She has an extensive background in horsemanship. This led her to an interest in hoof care. She developed a passion for the farrier trade and attended horseshoeing school to pursue a career in the equine industry.

Her focus on Integrative Horse Care makes her a very innovative and educated horse professional, contributing new ideas and information to an age old trade.

Advisory Board Member

SEAN MCDONOUGH
Kansas
Master Farrier
TESTER

Member since 1993
 

 

Sean is a second generation farrier. In 1995 he connected with the BWFA to host a clinic. Since then, he hosted a convention in 1996 and helped form a research laboratory at his facility in Kansas.

He has worked extensively with several veterinarians on lameness issues. His case studies have been presented at BWFA conventions.

Sean's specialty is shoeing award winning barrel horses on a National level.

He continues to promote the farrier industry and has ushered in the 3rd generation of McDonough family farriers by bringing his son into the  trade.

DAN MARCUM
Texas
MASTER FARRIER
HALL OF FAME - 2012

Member since 2008
 

Dan and his wife operate All Around Training Center in Texas.  During his farrier career, his focus on the balance of horse and rider has led him to develop a copyrighted technique known as Equine Flexion Therapy in addition to patenting unique "D Stressor" tools for use in EFT.

In addition to being in the BWFA Hall of Fame, he is also in the Pinto Horse Association of America Hall of Fame. He has had multiple wins in Pinto at State, Area, National/World level in multiple disciplines Multiple Reserve Champion and has had Top Five Placings at AHA Region 9 Championship Show

RALPH RODGERS
South Carolina
Journeyman I

Member since 2010
 

"Rodgers" is a former Military member. He found joy in a second career in the horse industry at the age of 63. His background as a Senior Design Engineer makes him an innovative contributor to the association.

Advisory Board Member

PHIL ROBERSON
North Carolina
Journeyman II
HALL OF FAME - 2005

Member since 1999

"I would like to be reelected to the BWFA Board. I have served several years and feel I am qualified to continue in an advisory position.  My background is in teaching in the public and private sector and I chose this career after 2 retirements. I would like to keep the history of the BWFA and the FNRC alive and well."                           -Phil Roberson

 

 
 

RALPH CASEY  
Executive Director
BWFA Headquarters:
14013 East Hwy 136
LaFayette, GA 30728
LIFETIME Board Member
MASTER FARRIER
MASTER EDUCATOR, TESTER
HALL OF FAME – 1992
(706)397-8047 phone/fax
www.bwfa.net
farrierhdq@aol.com

After opening his horseshoeing school in 1988, Casey saw a need to offer continuing education for working farriers and more education for horse owners, thus in 1989 he was the founding member of what is known today as the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Assocation. The BWFA, a non-profit trade organization has grown from a handful of 7 farriers at that first meeting to over 8,000 farriers, horse owners, companies, clubs & veterinarians today, making it the largest farrier association in the world.

Casey has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, offering clinics, seminars and meetings for horse owners and farriers. With the goal of “Horse Owner Education” in mind, he has helped increase the number of certified farriers in the BWFA and other farrier associations. In 1992 he founded the 1st BWFA Farrier Research Laboratory in Georgia, where he constructed the Adjustable shoe, the CaseyCam & Track and Soaking Tank to fight hoof diseases. This has spurred three additional labs in the U.S. today. In 1998, Casey announced plans to construct the Farriers’ National Research Center for all farriers and horse owners, something that had never been done before.