Paul Slattery is the man behind Pine Park Farriers.
Also known as Slatts, Paul also volunteers as event farrier even while he is a serious competitor!
let’s hear from Paul –
“Yer Fi I love the sport and really want to give back anytime I can”
Well tell us the Slatts story.
“I’m 30 years old and live near a town called Dungog in the Hunter Valley, I started riding when I was 5yrs, we did a lot of show riding. Circle work wasn’t my idea of fun so eventually I started eventing.
I live with Courtney, I’m pretty excited cause we were recently married!
Wow congratulations she must be an amazing girl!
“Yes, Fi Courtney is a rider and an eventer” Lucky you! now back to the story of shoeing horses!
“I’ve been establishing my farriery business, this has been my focus for the past 5 or so years. I had a fabulous 3* horse a few years back “Maximum Velocity”, he was such a legend!
Now I have Rocky Road and getting up into CIC**level, he (Rocky) has some interesting breeding, his sire is Regardez Moi, Heath Ryan’s dressage stallion.
Juggling life and business means I only have time to work one competition horse and I am looking to take Rocky to Melbourne in June for the CCI** the rest is in the lap of the gods.”
Well here we go Slatts, good luck to you and Courtney!
give us more of your story ….
My qualifications as a farrier are –
Australian certified farrier through NSW cert 3 Farriery system.
I am also a FITS certified farrier, under the American farriers international testing system. Which entailed sitting an exam in front of a panel of 2 international Assessors and an Aussie Assessor.
Currently I am training for my diploma through the English Farriery system. Known as a DIP WCF known as “worshipful company of farriers”. Higher degree of recognition which enables me to take up employment as a fully qualified farrier in the UK and Overseas.
My work includes;
I cover an area in the hunter valley of about 250km square, working 5-6 days a week,
I work with local vets and equine professionals to try and achieve the best results possible with problematic cases. Often shoeing horses under X-ray or guidance from vets. From basic paddock trims on retired horses to therapeutic shoes on high performance horses.
I shoe pony club horses, race horses, Trotters, Eventers, Show jumpers, Dressage horses, Cutting horses and camp drafters. A variety of disciplines with individual needs and requirements.
Every horse is individual and is shod accordingly.
Soundness is key to producing horses! In my eyes so that’s something I have seen in eventing and use that theory in my work.”
Well done Slatts love ya work!!
check Slatts out on Facebook via Pine Park Farrier Services