In Memoriam

Shoeing is, for many, a lifelong enterprise. Some of our colleagues have yet to come to the profession and some have hung up their apron in this world for the last time.

Here we take a moment to pay tribute to some of our members who have passed on.



Charlie Orlando

Charles "Charlie" Orlando  1933 - 2014

Charles Orlando, 81, Belmont, N.Y., died Jan. 23, 2014, at Jones Memorial Hospital of a massive stroke.


Born in Queens, N.Y., he graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955.

He was married in 1961 at the Little Church Around The Corner in NYC to Betsy Chubbuck who survives him as do his daughters Julie Bliss, Alison Haigis, and Jessica Orlando

He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1961, then received a Masters Degree in 1968 as well as a PhD in 1971.
His teaching career began with a 4th grade class in Hampton, Conn., then after graduate school, he taught at Penn State from 1970-1972. In 1972, he took a position with BOCES to run the new Learning Diagnostic Center and to teach part time at Alfred University.

After retiring from BOCES, he had a horseshoeing business for many years and has continued business as an artist blacksmith. His handiwork can be seen throughout the area with the handicapped ramp at the David A. Howe Library and the stair rail at the entrance to the Belmont Library being a couple of examples.

His great love was in teaching and he believed in "learning while doing." He taught many workshops in iron work locally and across the country and various classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., from 1986



Buster Conklin

Marshall "Buster" Conklin, 1926 - 2011

Born November 30, 1926 in Elmira NY, Buster Conklin was an avid horseman, shoer and educator. Buster owned, trained and showed horses throughout his life, and was an enthusiastic Calf Roper.

Buster touched the lives of many horses, owners and farriers. From 1976 through 1991 he served as the Resident Farrier at Cornell University, where he taught many including his successor Michael Wildenstein. His contributions helped make the farrier shop and the farrier training program solid institutions at Cornell.

Buster passed away at the age of 84 at his home in Horseheads NY, attended by his family, on the 13th of June, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Bernice Conklin and numerous friends and colleagues. He was laid to rest at Laurel Hill Cemetary, June the 25th.

A celebration of the life and contributions of Buster Conklin was held at the 27th annual Farrier's Conference at Cornell University, November 12th and 13th 2011.

Marshall "Buster" Conklin

Doug Pokorney

Douglas Pokorney, 1942 - 2009

Long time local farrier Douglas J. Pokorney of Ithaca, passed away in the comfort of his home with the love and care of family on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at the age of 67.

Prior to his life as a farrier, Doug proudly served in the US Navy as a Boilerman on the Charles H. Roan from November 30, 1961 until the time of his Honorable Discharge on March 29, 1966. During those years life-long friendships were formed with his shipmates.

Throughout the 40 years that Doug shod horses he developed many lasting friendships due to his horsemanship, integrity and old-fashioned values. Doug was often accompanied by his faithful dogs over the years as he traveled countless miles around Western New York shoeing horses. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and was a member of the American Farrier's Assn.

In 2004, Doug was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, complications of which led ultimately to his death. He was laid to rest on September the 26th 2009 with his many friends and family in attendance at Grove Cemetary in Trumansburg NY. Members of the Trumansburg American Legion Post #770 and the U.S. Military Honors Team performed a Military Honors Tribute.


Douglas Pokorney

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