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Riley Mickelsen CJF

Meet Riley, our accomplished Professional Farrier whose expertise has been rigorously tested and recognized by leading farrier organizations. Upon embracing the farrier profession full-time, Riley wasted no time in pursuing certifications, earning Level 1 and 2 Journeyman Certification from the Brotherhood of Working Farriers (BWFA).

Driven by a thirst for excellence, Riley furthered his journey by challenging himself with the American Farriers Association (AFA) certifications.


Through dedication and perseverance, he achieved the esteemed Certified Journeyman Farrier designation. This journey reinforced his belief that true mastery of the trade is an ongoing endeavor, with each step revealing new depths of knowledge.

In addition to his extensive farrier credentials, Riley holds a Bachelor's in Business Management from BYU-Idaho and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Equine Science from the prestigious University of Edinburgh. A formidable presence in national farrier competitions, Riley's knowledge extends beyond the forge—he is fluent in Spanish and served as the head instructor at Oklahoma Horseshoeing School for two years.

Beyond his professional achievements, Riley and his wife are the visionary creators and owners of the largest horse hoof care YouTube and Facebook channels on the internet. Together with their family, they are dedicated to supporting you on your journey to farrier excellence in any way they can."

Ashtyn Mickelsen 



Meet Ashtyn, an integral part of our team at the school, and the wife of Riley Mickelsen. Ashtyn plays a pivotal role in overseeing our daily operations, with her primary focus now on documenting our work through video. Her videos have garnered widespread attention, reaching an audience of over 150 million viewers on platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

As a skilled videographer, Ashtyn excels at capturing the nuanced intricacies of horseshoeing, demonstrating a keen eye for detail. In addition to her professional pursuits, she is also a dedicated full-time mother of four children.

McKenzi Wray


Enrollment Manager

Meet McKenzi, a devoted farm wife and mother to three energetic boys. She cherishes every moment spent with her family, whether it's engaging in playful activities or getting lost in the pages of a captivating book. Despite not having extensive horse experience, McKenzi has rediscovered her passion for these majestic creatures while being around them at the school, reminiscent of her childhood joys.

McKenzi's enthusiasm for working with students shines through as she diligently tackles behind-the-scenes tasks. While her presence on campus may be rare, her impact is felt through the seamless coordination of emails and phone calls, ensuring students are equipped and informed for their educational journey. Should you have any queries or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to McKenzi at 208-701-9177.

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