|Russ & Katie's Farrier Service||
Russ Gaudet during his live shoeing round at the annual Rumble in the Bronx Contest
Russ Gaudet is an accomplished farrier of 21 years. He has gained knowledge and experience from some of the worlds best farriers and has gone on to become a well respected farrier in the industry. Russ strives everyday to maintain a high standard in the quality of work he does, whether its a trim or shoeing a horse all around, each horse gets the same high attention to detail.
When not at work, Russ is found in the shop forging shoes and working on his craft in preparation for the many contests and clinics he attends throughout the year. He believes there is no greater place to become better at your job than through these types of events. Surrounded by your peers and mentors, your work is critiqued and judged and then placed amongst other top farriers. Through these competitions and clinics, the Farrier industry improves and therefore so do the horses!
His determination and skill has helped Russ to recently become the Team Manager for the Canadian Farriers Team which represents Canada all over the world.
Katie Gaudet competing at the annual Ontario Farriers Convention contest.
Katie Gaudet is a Certified Farrier and has been working full time for 8 years, getting her start at the Canadian School of Farriery with Chris Zizian. She went on to apprentice and work with many of Ontario's top farriers. The love of the job, the industry and the horse is the driving force behind her work ethic.
Katie was born on a horse farm, and has been in a saddle for 25+ years...so It was a natural progression into farriery. She finds her riding ability and knowledge of the horse as a whole, is very useful for her career as a farrier as she can understand and apply the techniques used for a horse's feet to better them undersaddle.
When the farrier chaps are off, Katie is found in the barn working with young horses - a true passion. She has confidently brought along many horses, training them from the ground up for both english and western disciplines. Specializing in jumpers, she has successfully competed in Canada and U.S 'A' Circuit competitions up to 4ft level.
Katie spends most of her time being a mom to her 3 wonderful kids.