Specialty Services

Farrier Services

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Farrier Services at Illinois

Whether your horse needs advanced, therapeutic shoeing and hoof care delivered in partnership with veterinary experts or needs a simple hoof trim, you can trust the farriers at the College of Veterinary Medicine to be knowledgeable, friendly, and capable. Our farriers are certified journeyman farriers and members of the American Farrier’s Association (AFA), with many years of experience working with horses.

Farrier services can be performed on location or at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana.

Meet the Farriers of Middlefork ForgeTM at Illinois

{Steve Sermersheim]Steve Sermersheim is a Certified Journeyman Farrier with a Therapeutic Endorsement from the AFA as well as an Associate of Great Britain’s Worshipful Company of Farriers. He has twice been named AFA’s Clinician of the Year, has served eight times as an official farrier at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, and has been a supervisor for the official farriers at the World Equestrian Games. Before joining the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sermersheim was owner of Middlefork Forge, a farrier practice located in Collison, Ill., and co-owner of the Midwest Horseshoeing School, located in Divernon, Ill.

[Diego Almeida]Diego Almeida is a Certified Journeyman Farrier and is internationally active in farrier certifications. Almeida is the lead instructor at Midwest Horseshoeing School, which became part of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. He has been recognized with the International Hoof Care Summit’s Rising Star Award in 2014 and the AFA’s J. Scott Simpson Outstanding Educator Award in both 2015 and 2016. Read more about Diego Almeida.

[Jessica Byrne]Jessica Byrne is a Certified Journeyman Farrier originally from New Glarus, Wis., where she worked on dairy farms. In 2014, she graduated from the Midwest Horseshoeing School and stayed on to continue honing her skills, eventually beginning an apprenticeship at Middlefork Forge in 2016. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog Piper and competing in farrier competitions.

Advanced Farrier Services with Middlefork Forge at IllinoisTM

  • Shoes: Hand-Made Steel, Aluminum, Steel Therapeutic, Aluminum Therapeutic, Glue-On, Glue-On Therapeutic
  • Trimming
  • Pads: Therapeutic and Pour-in
  • Glue Patch
  • Crack Repair
  • Treatment Plate
  • Foal Extension

For estimates, call Emily Price, client service representative, at 217-300-5508.


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[Ian Zollars]Ian Zollars is a Certified Journeyman Farrier and a native of Bay City, Mich. He graduated from Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, with a farrier science degree as well as a business degree in 2014. He joined Middlefork Forge as an apprentice in 2016. In addition to shoeing horses with the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, he serves as a part-time instructor at Midwest Horseshoeing School. Although Zollars trims and shoes all breeds and disciplines, he specializes in shoeing reining horses. He competes in farrier competitions across the country.

Farrier Services at Reduced Rates

The College of Veterinary Medicine offers farrier training through the Midwest Horseshoeing School located in Divernon, Ill. As part of their training, students provide hoof trimming and shoeing at reduced rates for horse owners. All student work is inspected and approved by AFA-certified instructors.

Services are available at your location, or you can haul your horses to us at one of these locations:

  • Every Friday at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, Ill.
  • One Saturday a month at Diamond H Veterinary Clinic in Covington, Ind.
  • All other times at our location in Divernon, Ill., near Springfield


Farrier Services by students of the Midwest Horseshoeing School

  • Trimming in house: $15
  • Trimming ambulatory: $20
  • Two shoes: $30
  • Four shoes: $40

To make an appointment for services through Midwest Horseshoeing School, call 217-300-5621.

Instructors are also available for appointments at competitive rates. Call for pricing.