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A fitting story

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By Whitney Harrod

The Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Mount Eden will be the subject of an episode of America's Heartland, a national PBS television program. The program was filmed at the school May 29.

The half-hour show will feature the school sometime in August; the exact date has not yet been released.

Steve Riggs, videographer for America's Heartland, said the program targets an urban audience to educate it on America's agriculture. Originally produced by KVIE, a local PBS affiliate in Southern California, the show is now in its eighth season.

Freelance reporter Yolanda Vazquez and Riggs arrived at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in the early morning on Thursday, May 29 to film and interview Mitch Taylor, director of Kentucky Horseshoeing School. The camera crew also filmed students in and out of the classroom.

"This show on the farrier business illustrates the blacksmithing art," Riggs said. "Shoeing an animal helps the overall health of the horse."

With a highly qualified staff and state-of-the-art training methods, the school provides students with the proper skills and understanding necessary for horse hoof and leg care.

The school offers two to 22-week programs and internships for students who want to master the skill of horseshoeing. Students, like Tae Won Park from South Korea, come from across the world to attend these blacksmithing programs.

Vazquez and Riggs travel the country to do film segments for the program.

"We will shoot a week in one state, not doing the same thing, to build a theme," Riggs said. In one episode we will have 4-5 stories from different states, but shot at different times."

Mike Samford, vice president of content creation for America's Heartland, said agriculture is part of American History and America should be made aware how crops are cultivated within the horse industry.

Riggs said usually when a film crew shows up to a farm there's a barn burning down, but this show tells a story in a positive way.