professional organizations is beneficial to the farrier,
the client, as well as the horse industry. Professional
Associations' educational programs are designed to help
farriers provide improved services to horses and horse
The AFA and the WCB promote the farrier and blacksmithing
professions in North America, while the PPFA and the DelMarVa
serve farriery interests in Pennsylvania, the Delaware
Valley region and Virginia.
Professional associations also provide direction for the
future of the field as they actively monitor legislation
and showing rules, and acts as an advocate of farriers
in relations with veterinarians.
A. Deppen is an AFA Certified Journeyman Farrier
a member of the
professional Farrier Associations
American Farrier's Association (AFA) is
the largest farrier association in North America with
3,300 members and 53 Chapters in North America. The
AFA is dedicated to further the professional development
of farriers and to providing quality programs to horse
owners, members, and the general public. >>> more
Pennsylvania Professional Farriers' Association (PPFA) was
stablished in 1997 to organize farriers and other
interested parties in the state of Pennsylvania.
Its mission aims to facilitate learning, ongoing
education and promote the farrier industry. The association
has over 80 members.
To become a PPFA member, download
registration form (PDF) and send the completed form
with your payment to the PPFA treasurer, Dave Deppen.
Champion Blacksmiths are kicking off the
2007 season with competitions around the country.
A "Super Clinic" is scheduled for the weekend of
January 11 in Houston, TX. Dave Deppen is scheduled
to participate in Houston.
David A. Deppen also a member of the regional DELMARVA
(Delaware, Maryland and Virginia) Farriers Organization,
the Maryland Farriers Association
(MFA), and the MidEastern
Farrier's Association (MEFA).