Instructors

Who are the instructors at PCHS?

Bob Smith, founder of Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, LLC
Bob Smith, founder, owner and head instructor.

Bob Smith is the founder, owner, and head instructor at Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, LLC. He had a very successful horseshoeing practice in the Sacramento, California area. He has shod winning Grand Prix jumpers on the professional circuit, Medal winning dressage horses, winners of Snaffle Bit Futurities in Reno, Oregon and Idaho, Cutting horses competing at Forth Worth, Texas, endurance horses competing in the Tevis Cup 100 mile race and many trail and pleasure horses.

Bob Smith was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in 2010 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

Bob is a graduate of California State University at Sacramento, and did graduate work in Farrier Science with Dr. Doug Butler at Sul Ross University, Alpine, Texas. Bob is a Vietnam era veteran.

Bob and his school maintain the feet of the hoofed animals at the San Francisco Zoo. Bob was recognized as the American Farrier's Association's Outstanding Farrier Educator for 1997.

Pictured above, Bob along with veteranarians and students, work on a Rhinoceros, a Giraffe and a Musk-Ox at the San Francisco Zoo. At the very top, Bob briefs students before entering the area where they will be shoeing the Rhinoceros.

Dorothy Stiegler started smithing over 40 years ago in Olympia, WA and has since moved her business to California. Dorothy is respected among her Blacksmithing peers as one of the best and has taught at national and international conferences all over the world. As an educator, entrepreneur and one of America's first professional female smiths, Dorothy is rightfully considered a Master in her field. She is a member of the California Blacksmith Association as well as a founding member and past president and board member of ABANA - the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America.

Dorothy was the recipient of the Alex Bealer’s Award in 1998. The Alex Bealer Award is the most prestigious award given by ABANA to blacksmiths who have made a significant impact and contribution to the industry, viewed from a long range of time.

In addition, Dorothy has been awarded the Laureate Award and Two Gold Trouser Button Awards from AACHEN Teaching and Design

Chuck Presnail is the forge instructor. Chuck brings to PCHS a wealth of teaching experience at both the University and Vocational Level. Along with being a professional educator he was an accomplished farrier on the hunter/jumper show circuit. Chuck got under his first horse in 1972, in Michigan.

John Williams brings a wealth of knowledge to Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, LLC. John has an active farrier practice and works part-time at the school. John has a passion for blacksmithing and builds a variety of hand tools at the school. He also receives commissions to work on special blacksmithing projects for private clients. John adds depth to the forge work and shoeing at Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, LLC.