Paul Goodness, CJF


Paul Goodness, a Certified Journeyman Farrier (CJF) with the American Farrier's Association, began his career shoeing horses for his family's business.

After taking on his first apprenticeship in 1973, he attended New York's Eastern States Farrier School in 1976, and was accepted in 1981 to the farrier internship program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completion of the internship program, he moved to Virginia and developed a very successful sport horse and corrective shoeing practice.

In 1990, Goodness and his partner founded Forging Ahead, the area's first group-farrier practice and referral therapeutic farrier clinic, where clients from all over the East Coast shipped challenging podiatry cases for more than two decades. Over the years, "the shop" has attracted farriers from around the world, becoming a center for sharing ideas and developing cutting-edge technologies.

Paul served as the official farrier for the U.S. Equestrian Team between 1992 and 1996, his tenure culminating with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.