John Craig is a published author, accomplished software developer and Stanford graduate with a Phd in Engineering.
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John Craig has a Phd from Stanford in engineering. He is the author of “Introduction to Robotics: Mechanics & Control” which is a leading university textbook for the engineering field of robotics. He has authored several papers related to robotics as well as equine biomechanics, and has chaired conference sessions on biomechanics and the connection between machines and the biomechanics of animals. He has researched the hoof and shoeing systems for the past 20 years, and has been a speaker at the International Hoof Summit in Cincinnati, and other veterinary/farrier venues. He is the lead software developer for the Metron Imaging system used for digital radiography and other modalities in veterinary imaging.
Monique is a published author and carries a Computer Science Engineering degree with a minor in Mathematics and Physics.
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Monique Craig has a degree in computer science engineering with a minor in mathematics and physics. She was aiming at a PhD in computational linguistics at Stanford, when she purchased her Holsteiner stallion – Smirnoff. His chronic hoof problems made her take a very different direction in her career. She became a professional farrier and concurrently developed the software Metron with her husband John Craig. A few years later she invented the EponaShoe. Monique has spent many years researching, trimming and shoeing the hoof — as well as riding and training. Her research has been presented at several veterinary and farrier conferences and in various publications. She recently published a book: “A Modern Look at… The Hoof“. She gives lectures in the USA and internationally. She has been a visiting scholar at CalPoly San Luis Obispo for the past eight years where she lectures in a biomechanics course for pre-veterinarian students.
Paso Robles Team
Elmer grew up in Santa Barbara. He started riding at the age of four and still rides to this day! Elmer started pulling shoes and trimming at the age of 18 years. He then went to farrier school at 22 years old. He started to shoe horses professionally since 1990. His clientele is very broad based – from Arabian horses, to racehorses, to draft horses (and everything in between). Elmer is comfortable shoeing with metal and composite shoes as well as barefoot trimming. Elmer has aimed to constantly learn from everyone in the industry. His trimming and shoeing philosophy is to keep it simple and help the capsule stay healthy. He treats every single horse as a single individual, he does not believe in formulaic trimming/shoeing. Elmer has been working at EponaMind for 4 years.
(EponaMind Educator and field consultant)
Gene Lelm (Retired)
Cassidy grew up in Santa Cruz. He started riding horses in his late teens and discovered his true passion for farriery. He apprenticed 3 ½ years with Mike Hayward then attended the Pacific Coast horse shoeing school. Cassidy is proficient with metal, composite and barefoot trimming. Today he services some of the top event horses on West Coast. Cassidy’s philosophy is to take whole horse into consideration.
Blanca has always had profound respect and deep love for horses. She became a farrier in order to help them. She started shoeing 14 years ago after going to farrier school. She still continues her education to this day. She has a real passion for her work with horses. She does not believe in formulaic trimming/shoeing and treats all horses as unique individuals. Her clientele ranges from pleasure horses to competition horses to rehabilitation horses. She is proficient at barefoot trimming, composite and metal shoes. Blanca rides horses routinely and her other passion is surfing! Blanca has been using EponaShoes since 2016.