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Bob attended the first BWFA clinic in North Carolina "unafraid" of the competition in 1989. Yes, he wanted to see what the BWFA was all about and who started it: Casey, Hatfield, Marcus Pierce and his good friend Buck McColl were among the participants. It was great! The next event in Georgia he brought along John Claudon, past owner of Anvil Brand and we immediately started a great relationship with vendors. Bob was inducted into the 1st Farriers Hall of Fame, sponsored by the BWFA in the year of 1994 and a Humanitarian award in 1993. This is our BWFA photo taken of him at the awards banquest in Texarkana, Arkansas at that convention, with his friend Jack Miller.
From his Obituary:
Robert Lee Peacock, age 78, of Morgan Township, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Mercy Hospital West. He was born on August 19, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Phillip and Catherine (Jovanovich) Peacock. He graduated from Loveland High School and on May 12, 1962, he married Phyllis Hill at Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1965 where he was an aid to General Curtis LeMay. He was a farrier and was a member of many farrier organizations, including the International Horse Shoeing Farriers Hall of Fame, and had many patents related to the industry. He was a member of Western Hills-Cheviot Lodge #140 F&AM and a life member of the Syrian Temple where he was past Potentate in 2007. He is survived by his wife Phyllis Peacock; three children, Kimberly (Charles) Garn, Michael (Missy Jo) Peacock, and Matthew (Rachel) Peacock; nine grandchildren, Katherine, Karla, Kristin, Karen, Thomas, Eric, Gavin, Grace, and Griffin; one sister, Phyllis (Donald) Fuller; and many other loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Mitchell Peacock. Funeral services will be held at Northwest Community Church, 8735 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251 on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM. Burial will follow in Bridgetown Cemetery. Immediately following the burial there will be a visitation and celebration of Bob’s life at Receptions Banquet Hall, 3302 Westbourne Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45248. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cincinnati Shriners Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229.
Charles Brady Jolly
(December 20, 1930 - September 9, 2017)
C. B. Jolly, our BWFA Hall of Fame Member passed away on September 9, 2017 in Alvin, Texas. His wife of 67 years, JoAnn Wooten Jolly called us today to give us the sad news. If you had the chance to meet CB back in 1999-2005 while he attended our conventions, you would surely remember him. He was recognized as a BWFA Master Farrier and Master Educator. His love of his trade was evident. He was truly a "jolly" fellow sharing his friendship and knowledge to young farriers and making new friends. Unfortunately, his health kept him at home these last years. His wife JoAnn cared for him daily. She said he is with God now and out of pain. As in the photo, we knew CB with his famous hat, scarf and boots that certainly set him out from all the rest.
Taken from our conversation at the time of his Hall of Fame Induction in 2004:
C.B. Jolly, “Charles Brady Jolly” is a fifth-generation farrier whose family shoeing history dates back to the time of George Washington! He is well loved and respected by farriers and horse owners in and around his state of Texas. Residing in the Ft. Worth area, he learned to shoe from his father and shod his first horse for money at age 14.
When he was 18 his dad gave him a 1936 Chevy Truck and a load of tools and some nails and said, “go get ‘em”. It taught him the value of a dollar and the value of work. Work took him farther south toward the Gulf of Mexico where he met and married his wife, JoAnn in 1968.
In 1978, after only 2 years C.B. was “the person” who was instrumental in forming the Gulf Coast Farriers Association with 30 or so farriers. He also formed his Gulf Coast Farrier School. As he traveled thru Texas to recruit more farriers, he found work in a fireproofing business working with asbestos products, which unfortunately has stricken his health today, causing him to be unable to shoe. He loves the farrier industry and misses the work terribly.
Although C.B. is unable to shoe, he still visits old customers and offers his knowledge to farriers and horse owners alike. He faithfully passes on his wisdom of the horseshoeing trade, allowing him to be respected and loved by those who have the honor of knowing him.
Taken From His Obituary:
He was born on December 20, 1930 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Morton Lester and Sybil DeWees Jolly.
Charles, known as C.B. Jolly, along with Jim Farrell and Howard Love founded TEXAS PROFESSIONAL FARRIERS ASSOCIATION which emerged from the Gulf Coast Farriers Association in 1980. The main purposes were: to enhance professionalism by increasing both skill levels and good business practices for both farriers and the horse owners, support for the American Farrier Association (AFA) and to sponsor regular educational clinics. The T.P.F.A. has 120 registered members today.
C.B. is also a fifth generation horse shoer, starting with twins that brought the Blacksmith trade to Texas, C.B.’s grandfather John Walker Jolly and his twin William Worth Jolly, C.B.’s father M.L. Jolly.
Charles has had many newspaper articles written about him: The Alvin Sun, written by Micky Calkins, the Alvin Advertiser “ A Farrier of Fame” by Garrett Beyer, The Dallas Morning News, in the Texas Living section, written by Michael F Young, and the FACTS, “Hoofing it” in 2004 by Veide Hunter.
Charles was inducted into the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association (BWFA) Hall of Fame of Georgia, in 2004.
Charles was honored with a C.B. JOLLY DAY, held at the Alvin Railroad Museum in 2012, hosted by Tom and Janice Stiefel, of Alvin Farrier Supply. Charles holds a life-time membership in the T.P.F.A. and A.F.A.
Visitation Friday, Sep 15, 2017: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Funeral Service Friday, Sep 15, 2017 1:00 PM
To Contact JoAnn Wooten Jolly call: 281-331-4092
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Scott Funeral Home
1421 E. Highway 6
Alvin, Texas 77511
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If you still need a horse shelter during the storm recovery please feel free to contact us at:
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Off of I-75 emergency Horse Stable/Pens/Pastures are available in Valdosta/Moultrie Georgia area and farther towards Atlanta in the Locust Grove, Georgia area.
Please contact the BWFA at 706-397-8047 for more information.
Also, the Perry, GA fairgrounds (off I-75) will be having a horse shelter available to the public. Click here for more details.
The House unanimously passed the biggest GI bill expansion in a decade. From now on, new service members will be able to use the GI bill's education benefits for their entire lives. This is a big change, and it is truly great news for all those who wear the uniform.
The GI bill helped build today's middle class, and now, Congress is redoubling America's commitment to our veterans.
The GI Bill helped build today’s middle class. It sent millions of World War II veterans to college, to work, and to the suburbs. Tom Brokaw called it “a brilliant and enduring commitment to the nation’s future.”
One way we make sure that the GI Bill endures is by updating it to meet the times. So today the House is set to take action on the biggest GI bill expansion in a decade. Here’s what H.R. 3218 does:
- Right now, veterans have to use their education benefits within 15 years of the end of their service. We’re taking those limits away. From now on, new servicemembers will be able to use the GI bill’s education benefits throughout their lifetimes. They will have the flexibility to get an education later in life. This is a big change, and it’s why we call this the #ForeverGIBill.
- Another big change concerns post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients, who need to put in three years of service to receive full benefits.The new law will give full GI bill eligibility to all post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients, regardless of how long they have served.
- And this GI Bill update gives veterans a better shot at in-demand science and technology jobs. A pilot program will help veterans take advantage of non-traditional technology courses. And benefits will be extended by nine months for veterans enrolled in STEM five-year degree programs. This is good news as we work to improve job training and close the skills gap.
The American Legion says this bill will mean “a new era for all who have honorably served in uniform, and for the nation as a whole.” According to Student Veterans of America, it will represent “a new era for education for veterans.”
Just last month, the president signed into law major legislation to bring real accountability to the VA. Now we are building on this work, and we are going to keep at it so that our veterans and their families get the care and treatment they have earned.
*Please Note: Most school now accept GI Bill funding.
Murrayville, Ga., farrier Richard “Ricky” Stover passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was 61.
Stover was a master molder technician for years, but he was a cowboy at heart. His love and devotion to horses inspired him to become a certified farrier with the BWFA and has been a member since 2010. He taught his son the trade who worked with fellow member Chris Groves who notified us during May 2017.
Click here for his full obituary.
April 24, 1943 – May 29, 2017
Bucky Hatfield, friend, fellow Farrier and Marine Veteran passed away Monday, Memorial Day around 9pm in Texas with his wife Carla and family by his side. Bucky suffered many years with cancer and other illnesses from the days he fought in the Vietnam war. A Service will be held this week in Livingston, Texas then travel to Crossville, Tennessee. On Wednesday, June 7, a service will be held at Harmony Baptist Church at 1pm, then laid to rest next to his mother at Crossville City Cemetery.
We saw Bucky last in fall of 2016 while he presented a former farrier student with the prestigious award of BWFA Hall of Fame. Even frail then, he was the same Bucky, joking and talking about the “ole school” days. He turned 74 this year on April 24, just two days after the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction that he was unable to attend. We filmed it for him.
Bucky, a farrier by trade, started his Tennessee State Horseshoeing School in the 80’s, where hundreds of young men and women got their start to go on and make a living for themselves and do him proud. He was tough in the forge room and nobody got by easy, it was hard. He was a friend and mentor.
He was a devoted BWFA member joining back in 1990, serving as the President of the Master Educator Division, a friend to all school owners in the U.S. He was one of the first to receive a Hall of Fame Award and gold ring in 1992. He was one of the Shakers and Movers of the association. He traveled out of the country several times to host certification clinics in South America. He made friends everywhere.
One of our best memories was back in 1994 at our Texarkana Convention. Bucky started an “Over the Hill” shoe making contest for age 50 (was old back then!) Not the kind of competition to see who is the greatest horseshoer in the world but for the Educators to challenge each other in a friendly and fun contest, and it was. They were sweating and laughing, it was quite a show. The whole story and many more can be found on www.bwfa.net in the newsletters and Hall of Fame sections. In the old days, he was on a land line phone every day talking to someone, somewhere about shoeing horses. Bucky retired too early due to rheumatoid arthritis but stayed in touch through face book. He would tell anyone, anytime that he truly “loved” being a farrier.
Hundreds of farriers owe their start to Bucky and all the BWFA members who met him along the way, wherever you are, we hope you will contact his wife Carla by phone, email or face book.
Bucky was a fighter and a Christian who has gone home to be with Jesus. We will miss him.
Submitted by Ginger Casey
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Jerry Schweinlen of New York, is like many of you, a working middle aged man, who attended a horseshoeing school is BWFA Certified, all to achieve a new career path. He went home, worked part time and rode along with another farrier until he built up his own full time clientele. In three years, he reports to have over 700 horses! One of the 1st jobs he had was a “Nobody else will handle this horse” and “I can’t keep a farrier”. A “safety-check” and Noavel Headstall with ground training and a little extra time was all it took to trim this horse. The owner was amazed and convinced and the word spread. Jerry prides his success with schooling and “handling” experience. He calls on Noavel Inventor, Rick Wheat by phone who is always willing to help him. Meet Jerry here April 21st & 22nd.
April 22, 2017 Saturday 10AM-3PM BWFA HDQ
BWFA Hall of Fame Event- 2017 Induction
10-11:30 Meet & Greet
12-1 Presentations & Lunch (RSVP $10 pp)
1-3 Masters At the Forge Workshop, Q&A
Sonny Pistilli & Friends
Son, Daniel Pistilli
Frank Bevacqua JR.
All BWFA MEMBERS INVITED TO MEET, ENJOY FELLOWSHIP AND LEARN FROM
THE MASTERS AT WORK!
Also available is practice and testing at all levels on Thursday and Friday RSVP!
Hall of Fame member Bucky Hatfield and long time friend has nominated Sonny Pistilli into the BWFA Hall of fame in 2017. He will be the 49th member to be inducted.
Sonny Pistilli, owner of Far Hills Forge, is a Master Farrier, Master Educator and School Owner, with an extensive farrier career of over 50 years. He has been a strong supporter of the BWFA by offering farrier certification, mentorship at his school, as well as promoting the BWFA in print. His dedication and fellowship within the entire farrier industry is proof that he deserves this prestigious Hall of Fame award.
- Click here to go directly to Sonnys website for more information.
- Click here for travel and hotel information.
- Click here to visit the Hall of Fame.
BWFA Practice for Certification & Forge Class Offered!
Classes will be held every third weekend (Saturday) of every month, except for in April which will be held Saturday on the 22nd.
Deposit- $100 in advance.
Testers will be Ronney DeBoad & Link Casey
App & J levels only
On April 21st- 22nd:
App, J, & Master level classes will be held for a shoeing, forge-work, and shoe-making course. Class may go into Sunday if needed.
Special guest will be announced along with the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee!
This spring clinic will replace our fall clinic. Weather should be pleasant at the BWFA headquarters in Georgia. Our guest is a forge master, Master Educator School Owner, with an extensive farrier career of over 50 years. Bucky Hatfield is in hopes to attend, along with other Hall of Fame members to celebrate. Forge class, practice, and testing at all levels will be available ONLY if you call in advance.
Go to www.farriersnationalresearchcenter.com
Call: 706-397-8047 Submit your deposit to confirm your space today!
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Merry Christmas from us to you and all your horses! Happy Trails!
Photo credited to Gina Keesling
Merry Christmas from us to you and all your horses! Happy Trails!
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