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Tim Lydon Honored


Garth Bodkin (l.), and Paul Simard (r.) were part of the contingent

that presented Tim Lydon with the Lifetime Achievement Award.


by Bob Funkhouser

New England Horseman Tim Lydon was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southern New England Farriers Association (SNEFA), an organization which he has been an integral part of since its inception.

Renowned blacksmiths Robert O. McCarthy, Garth Bodkin, John Blomback, Paul Simard, David Clancy Jr. and David Clancy III made the trip to Lydon’s Medway, Mass., home to present the award with Lydon’s wife, Priscilla, as well as other family and friends looking on.

Bodkin made the presentation on behalf of SNEFA and told of Lydon’s involvement in the association including hosting clinics along with his late wife, Cathy, and always sharing his knowledge with aspiring farriers. Bodkin told the group the reason Lydon was so successful was because first and foremost he is a horseman.

“That’s missing a lot today,” said Bodkin. “We have some good blacksmiths but many of them didn’t grow up as horsemen. Timmy has always been a top horseman. I’m really envious of how good he is with a horse.”

Not surprising to anyone, Lydon shared stories of his career as a blacksmith in addition to a few about horses and ponies he has owned, trained and shown from his Medway home.

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