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Author – Danvers Child, CJF

Certified Journeyman Farrier (CJF) and Hoof Health Consultant for SmartPak

The 141st inductee into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame, Danvers Child specializes in shoeing sport and performance horses. A life-long horseman, Danvers began trimming and shoeing at an early age under the guidance of his “Grand,” Haskell Crawford. In his teens, Danvers continued to develop his skills and had the opportunity to train with and learn from legendary farriers, including Reggie Kester, Jack Miller, Jim Linzy, Burney Chapman, and Bruce Daniels.

In addition to his farrier practice, Danvers travels extensively, working not only as a farrier but also as a consultant and specialist for farrier and hoof health concerns. He served as a Supervising Farrier at the Alltech FEI 2010 World Equestrian Games, and for the past fifteen years, he has served as an Official Farrier for the Defender Kentucky 3-Day Event, as well as serving as Official Farrier for the American Eventing Championships.

Since 2012, he has served as SmartPak’s Hoof Health Consultant, working with the SmartPak Team not only in product development, review, and research, but most importantly in consumer education, contributing articles and videos oriented toward understanding and improving overall hoof care. Through his workshops, clinics, videos, and articles, Danvers promotes and forwards what he refers to as “improving equine welfare, from the ground up.”

With his partner and pillar, April Raine, he owns and operates EquiDesis, LLC., an equine-focused editorial & design firm. In addition to his articles for general equine publications, he served as Editorial Director for the American Farrier's Association's (AFA) and as Editor of Professional Farrier magazine. He's received numerous American Horse Publications (AHP) awards for his work including Best Instructional Article, Editorial Event Coverage, and an Honorable Mention for the coveted AHP's General Excellence Award. Additionally, he’s a 3-time recipient of the AFA’s Journalism Award.

Articles and Videos by Danvers Child