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News - August 15, 2012

Vern Smith, longtime farrier, dies at age 90

Vern Smith, a farrier who, for much of his life, shod horses at Why Worry farm in Woodside, has died, his friend and partner Judy Bull told the Almanac. Mr. Smith, 90, died July 29 in Bend, Oregon, Ms. Bull said.

Mr. Smith and horses go way back. He started horse-shoeing at Why Worry in 1951 and kept at it until retiring in 1986 with Ms. Bull to Sisters, Oregon, she said.

For 26 years, Mr. Smith served as the official farrier for the Grand National Horse Show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, friends said. For 32 years, he was the farrier for the Tally Ho event at the Menlo Circus Club, an annual benefit for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Stanford.

While retired in Oregon, Mr. Smith rode pack trains into the Cascade Mountains, rode in the high desert and painted, friends said. He exhibited at art shows and taught at workshops and classes in Central Oregon, friends said.