Bill van Houten is a graduate of the highly acclaimed Sierra South Horseshoeing School in Ramona, CA. After graduation Bill apprenticed under several AFA Certified Journeyman Farriers in southern California during and after his service in the United States Marine Corps. Bill completed his American Farriers Association (AFA) Certified Farrier (C.F.) certification in 2008. Bill returned to his home state of Colorado and created a new home on the Western slope. After settling back in CO, Bill completed all requirements and testing to be honored with the AFA Certified Journeyman Farrier (C.J.F) certification. Bill is convinced that continuing education and putting his work out for his peers and industry leaders to scrutinize is of the utmost importance.
Bill lives in Eckert, CO with his wife Rachel, daughter Haven, and bulldog Sir Squishington of Jabberwocky.