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It's horseshoeing

it's not footshoeing

I was raised by horsemen &
was taught to understand and recognize
a horse's individual needs. Shoeing Above the Foot is a whole-horse approach to farriery.
- Danvers Child, CJF

Danvers Child, CJF

BSE (English, History)
University of Central Arkansas


MA (English)
University of Central Arkansas


PhD / ABD (Rhetoric)
Purdue University



Certified Journeyman Farrier

Approved AFA Examiner

Board Member, Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)



Interested in learning more about Danvers? Take a moment to look over his resume. | download |

foxtail forge & farriery

A life-long horseman and a practicing farrier since 1972, Danvers specializes in shoeing sport and performance horses.


In addition to his home practice, Danvers travels extensively, as a farrier and as a consultant and specialist for farrier concerns. He served as a supervisor for the Official Farriers at the Alltech FEI 2010 World Equestrian Games; additionally, he serves as an Official Farrier for the RK3DE (Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event) and the Hoof Health Consultant for SmartPak.

educator & editor

A proponent of continuing education and voluntary certification, Danvers is one of 18 Approved Examiners in the American Farrier's Association's (AFA) certification program and conducts clinics and workshops for the farrier community throughout North America.


He served as Editorial Director for the 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 Overall Excellence Award.

community involvement

In addition to his work within the farrier community, Danvers maintains an active role within the larger equine community. With his partner, April Raine, he owns and operates EquiDesis, LLC., an equine-focused editorial & design firm. He produces and reviews articles for numerous publications and serves within a variety of organizations, including service as a board member for the Certified Horsemanship Association.


equestrian-related clinics & lectures

AAEP/AFA Developmental Workshops
Anvil Brand & Land of Lincoln Horseshoers' Association
AFA Annual Convention
AFA Education Committee Workshops
Association Des Marechaux-Ferrant du Quebec
Centaur Forge & Upper Midwest Farrier's Associaiton
Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference
Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair

Equine Affaire
Equitana USA
Farrier's Association of Washington State
Hoosier Horse Fair
Michigan Horseshoers' Association
Mid-East Farrier's Association
Purdue University Veterinary School
River City Roundup & Midwest Farriers' Association
Southern Farriers' Association
United States Pony Club
2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games



Interested in finding out more about Danvers? Take a moment to look over his resume- he's not your average farrier.


Danvers Child Resume | download |

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Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event 2015

Danvers Child, CJF is serving as an RK3DE Official Farrier on 4.23.15 - 4.26.2015.


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Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event 2015

April Raine is serving as a RK3DE Credentialed Photographer on 4.23.2015 - 4.26.2015.


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