Tim Shannon was born and raised in Southern California. He played sports and was a high school metal shop major. He was introduced to horses as a teen and fell in love with riding, training, and showing them. While working as a sheet metal mechanic in the 1980s, he went to Cal Poly Pomona for their Farrier course to learn to shoe and hopefully defray the cost of owning 12 horses.
Tim is now a full-time Farrier from Southern California in practice since 1987. He earned his Certified Journeyman Farrier in 1994. His practice consists mostly of FEI Eventing and Endurance horses. His clients have competed across the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Competing in the Olympics as well as the World Equestrian Games. A clinician and a speaker, he has written articles for multiple trade publications. Tim has competed in Farrier competitions across the country and was the world’s fastest mule shoer in 2008. In 2016 he received his Associate with the Worshipful Company of Farriers. In April of 2019 he spent two weeks teaching at the Farrier Institute of Dundlod, India. He received a Graduate Diploma of Equine Locomotor Research through the Royal Veterinary College of London in 2020. He currently sits as a board member of the Northeastern Association of Equine Practitioners.
Tim has been married since 1993 and has raised two children with his wife, Sandy. They currently take care of three dogs, a cat, and a miniature donkey at their little ranch in Southern California. He is committed to the farrier industry by promoting continuing education and fostering productive relationships between equine practitioners for the benefit of the horse.