Ada Gates Patton will share the story of her life as a debutante who became the only female farrier on the professional horse racing circuit.
In 1978 Ada became the first woman farrier licensed to shoe thoroughbred racehorses in the United States and Canada. Her unique status gave her great opportunities including guest appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, What's My Line?, To Tell the Truth, and The Today Show.
Her dedication to the industry has led to many years of selfless service, including farrier liaison for the 1984 Olympic Games, official horseshoe inspector for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, member of the California Thoroughbred Foundation Board of Directors, and presenter of various seminars.
In 2008, Ada received the Edward Martin Humanitarian Award at the American Farrier's Association Convention in Lexington, Kentucky. She recently served on the farrier committee for the World Equestrian Games and was inducted into the American Farriers Hall of Fame. Ada is the farrier consultant for the Online University of horse trainer Monty Roberts.
Ada's talk will trace the fun run through the life - the unexpected, uniques choices she made that created a passion and career beyond her dreams.
Invocation: Hassan Kheradmandan
Guest Introductions: Nat Read
Song Leader: Joe Henry
Accompanist: Ross Jutsum