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In Memory of Doug Pokorney

In memory of Doug Pokorney, an endowed fund to benefit participants in the General Farrier Short Course has been established, providing full tuition for one student for one course.  After serving in the U.S. Navy, Doug shod horses for over 40 years specializing in Morgan and Arabian Show horses. 

Doug’s wife Denise is making it possible for more people to be Cornell-trained farriers through the generosity of the Douglas J. Pokorney Scholarship Fund. Doug proudly served in the US Navy as a Boilerman on the Charles H. Roan from November 30, 1961 until the time of his Honorable Discharge on March 29, 1966. During those years life-long friendships were formed with his shipmates. In 2004 Doug was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Doug was often accompanied by his faithful dogs over the years as he traveled countless miles around Western New York shoeing horses. Throughout the 40 years that Doug shod horses he developed many lasting friendships due to his horsemanship, integrity and old-fashioned values. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and was a member of the American Farrier’s Association, Ducks Unlimited and the Turkey Federation. Doug passed away in 2009. He will be forever remembered through this scholarship and this memorial which displays his life through pictures.


Remebering Doug Pokorney

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