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LILES INDUCTED INTO THE

INTERNATIONAL HORSESHOEING HALL OF FAME

Lee Liles to be inducted into the International Horshoeing Hall of Fame housed at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Kentucky for 2004.

Chosen for their accomplishments, achievements and contributions in advancing the farrier industry, along with the benefit provided to horses through their work, their professionalism, involvement with the farrier community and years of service as farriers, the six newest members of the International Horshoeing Hall of Fame have been selected from 66 farriers nominated for the award. Winners of the award were chosen in a vote by current Hall of Fame members and the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is jointly sponsored by the American Farriers Journal and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Lee also received a citation from the State of Oklahoma in recognition of this honor.

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In an article in the December 2003 issue of the American Farriers Journal written by Ron Perszewski, Associate Editor, Lee was described as follows:

     Lee Liles started young. He was already a calf roper at age 16, when he moved from Mississippi to Tennessee and began shoeing. He apprenticed with several expert farriers before his country called him to serve in Vietnam. Returning home after his tour, he brushed up on his shoeing talents with other outstanding farriers.

     Before long, Liles was recognized as a top-flight specialist for Tennessee Walking Horses. But his overall farrier skills led him to work on many other breeds, too, and he eventually became the official farrier at a number of national breed shows.

     Along the way, therapeutic shoeing also became a specialty, and he shod hundreds, possibly thousands, of lame horses over the years. Liles was pressed to share his knowledge and talents, speaking at clinics across the United States. Getting even more involved with the industry, he became an active member of the American Farrier's Association after attending his first convention in 1979. He recruited other farriers who have since served in leadership positions.

     A shoer to the core, Liles further demonstrated his passion for farriery by establishing the National Museum of Horseshoeing Tools and Hall of Honor, which he operates on the family's Carousel Farms in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

 

The other inductees this year were; Charles Brown, Scottsdale, Arizona; Jack Miller, Lantana, Florida; Billy Neville, Baerami, Via Denman, Australia; Bob Peacock, Hamilton, Ohio; and Bob Schantz, Foristell, Missouri.