LILES INDUCTED INTO THE
INTERNATIONAL HORSESHOEING HALL
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.
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
|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,