Paul Goodness CJF,  most senior farrier in the group, got his start shoeing horses for his family’s business and quickly began an apprenticeship in 1973. In 1976 he attended a formal six month farrier school near Syracuse NY and in 1981 was accepted to the farrier internship program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completion of this program he moved to Virginia and started to build a sport horse and corrective shoeing practice. He traveled to farms until he was finally able to create a shop where clients began to ship-in for his service. Over the years “the shop” has attracted farriers from all over the country and is an excellent center for sharing ideas. Rounding out his resume Paul served as the United States Equestrian Team farrier between 1992 and 1996 during which time he had the distinct pleasure of participating in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.  Paul is a Certified Journeyman Farrier with the American Farrier’s Association.  
 
Matt Hatcher CF, began his career working with horses in Colorado at a ranch organizing pack trips through the Rocky Mountains. After completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture with a focus in Equine Science at the University of Delaware he moved to Kentucky and submersed himself in the thoroughbred industry. He worked at race tracks and on breeding farms and eventually found his way to Virginia. Today, his focus with the group stays with racing, although he does shoes across all disciplines.  Matt is a Certified Farrier with the American Farrier’s Association.  
 
Scott Sellers’ background is primarily with hunters and jumpers, but his focus switched to the world of 3-day eventing during his apprenticeship as is now represented in his client base. He received his degree in stable and farm management in 1993 from Cassanovia College in NY and has been around horses throughout his life. Scott also travels throughout the winter months to his client’s farms in the South and was a key player at the 2007 Rolex event in Kentucky.
 
Luke Goodness CF has been around equine veterinarians and the farrier shop his entire life.  He nailed his first shoe on at age 10 and has been shoeing, in some capacity, ever since that day.  In 2010 he chose to seek a more formal setting and graduated from shoeing school that same year.  He spent some time in Colorado and worked as a farrier shoeing ranch horses but decided to return to Virginia and begin a full time practice with Forging Ahead.  
 
Travis Burns, CJF TE, AWCF grew up working with horses at his Uncle’s riding stable in North Carolina and promptly began his interest in shoeing at the age of 14.  Academically, Travis attended a farrier school in the winter of 2002 and then started college the subsequent spring.  Transferring from the University of Tennessee he completed his BS in Animal Science in 2006 receiving his degree from North Carolina State University.   Travis began with Forging Ahead as an Intern and we soon realized that he was an exceptional individual.  He is truly interested in all aspects of the farrier world but is most fascinated by laminitis cases, quarter cracks, and dressage horses.  Currently, Travis can be found working at Virginia Tech where is heading the podiatry department.
 
 
Amy Sidwar-Seaver grew up riding in local shows and fox hunting in the same area where Forging Ahead is located. She originally started working with Forging Ahead in 1999 just after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from George Mason University. In 2002, she received her certification in Equine Sports Massage Therapy and soon after certified in canine massage.  She signed on full time with the group in 2004 and started to build a local client base.  Currently managing the office and internship program she maintains a select group of shoeing clients.
 
Belle Bradley is an accomplished horsewoman who now works out of the saddle and in the office.  Her attention to detail and steadfast determination are an asset to the team.
 
CURRENT INTERNS
Meg Arter is a graduate of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School and grew up riding jumpers throughout Georgia and Michigan.
 
 
Ben Stamper  is the newest addition to the Internship Program and also a graduate of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School.  His background involves working at various Western Pleasure farms and racehorse facilities.
Our Group.
The members of Forging Ahead are all dedicated horse people as you can read in our biographies and we therefore understand our clients.  We work as a team which allows us to offer exceptional service to our clients.  We focus on continued education, thorough communication, and prompt service.  We do travel to farms as well as offering ship-in locations and our prices vary within the group.  Please call with any questions!  540.554.8819
*Our farriers are committed to continued education and achieving professional certifications.  Here is a clarification of the acronyms you see next to their names and a link to the organizations associated with these achievements:
 
      - CF - Certified Farrier
      - CJF - Certified Journeyman Farrier
      - TE - Therapeutic Endorsement
      - AWCF - Associate Worshipful Company of Farriers