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John Craig

John Craig

John Craig is a published author, accomplished software developer and Stamford 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 Craig

Monique Craig

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.

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Anja

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Brandi

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Patrick

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Daniel

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Felix

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Farriers

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Blanca Guzman

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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.

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Elmer Jones

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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.

Monique Craig

Cassidy Robyn

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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. He graduated top of his class in 2009 (highest scoring class in the history of the 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. The well being of the horse is of utmost importance.

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Sean Perreault

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Sean grew up in Connecticut. From a young age Sean was introduced to horses via riding and mucking stalls. Sean’s interest in horses briefly faded but after a while he realized that he missed them. During his break from horses he picked up blacksmithing. He decided that he could intermingle his love for horses with blacksmithing. Sean started an apprenticeship in shoeing at the tender age of 16 in 2006. Subsequently, he enrolled into farrier school in PA in 2010. He moved to Vermont where he apprenticed a second time for 3 years. After that he started his own business. Sean ended up moving to California and set up shop there. Sean likes working on draft horses and endurance horses but not exclusively. Sean is versatile with the use of composite shoes, steel shoes and also has knowledge with barefoot trimming. Sean has worked at EponaMind for last 3 years. He enjoys working with horses to help them have a better and healthier life.
Monique Craig

John Machamer

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John started being interested in horses when he met his wife because she had (and still has) a carriage business. He subsequently fell in love with horses, and decided to go into the hoof care business. He went to farrier school and was mentored by a diverse range of hoof care professionals. He has been working here at EponaMind for the last three years. John’s goal is to continue learning about the horse and the hoof. John’s diversified background allows him to apply different shoeing modalities.
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Gene Lelm (Retired)

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Gene started trimming and shoeing his own horses in the 70’s after high school. He apprenticed under a seasoned farrier for 2 years, then started shoeing on his own. Gene has been professionally shoeing since the late 70’s. Gene was working in Minnesota as a farrier until 2002, he moved to Nevada then to California still working as a farrier. Shoeing is a passion and a way of life for Gene. Gene has shod many different horse breeds from drafts to minis. Gene has shown and trained horses, paint quarter horses, appaloosas in reining, working trails and working cow horse. Horses are his passion. He came to EponaMind in 2009 and has worked with the EponaShoe and the trimming method since then (twelve years and counting). Gene is an excellent teacher. Gene’s main goal is to make horses comfortable and useable for a long time. Gene has expertise in metal shoes, composite shoes and barefoot trimming.

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