ROBBIE HUNZIKER CJF -
Robbie is a third generation farrier from Tampa, Florida. He started shoeing horses in 1997. Robbie is married to Lesley Cox Hunziker. She runs a very successful Hunter Jumper training and show barn in Seminole, Florida. Robbie was an Official Farrier for the 2010 World Equestrian Games and has been an official farrier for Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event since 2011. He is an Examiner for the American Farriers Association certification program. Certification is very important to Robbie, as he loves seeing young farriers learn and grow through certification. Certification was a big part of Robbie's foundation when he was a young farrier. Robbie and Steve Sermersheim were named the 2015 American Farriers Association's Clinician of the Year. Robbie and Steve are a sought out clinician team, speaking at the American Farriers Association's National Convention, Florida Association of Equine Practitioners, Ontario Farriers National Convention, and numerous private clinics. Robbie has a passion to teach, whether it is a lecture or a hands-on clinic, he finds that nothing is more rewarding.
Robbie's love for forging led him to start Hurricane Forge and start building knives in 2008. In 2012, Robbie and Steve put their combined years of knowledge and skill together to create a new line of quality tools and at this time Hurricane Forge Tools LLC was born.
Steve and his wife, Laurie, operate Middle Fork Forge, a multi-farrier practice, based out of Collison, Illinois. Steve has been a farrier since 1989. Steve is co-owner and director of Midwest Horseshoeing School in Divernon, Illinois. Steve served as an official farrier for the 2010 World Equestrian Games and has been an official farrier for Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event since 2008. Steve is a Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center clinician, providing farrier education across the United States as well as internationally. Steve serves as an examiner for the American Farriers Association's certification program and had an integral part in introducing AFA certification in South America. Steve was selected as the AFA clinician of the year in 2013 and again a co-winner in 2015 with Robbie Hunziker CJF. Steve is an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, one of only ten in the U.S. The WCF was founded in London in 1605, and has an unparalleled, rich heritage of dedication to the welfare of the horse. Steve works closely with a number of veterinarians and farriers across the country.
Robbie and Steve service several sport horse accounts together throughout Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio. Teaming up as a shoeing competition team in 2011 they decided there was a place in the market for quality farrier tools.