Harry Patton spent childhood summers helping his Dutch grandparent's
dry farm with work horses and mules in San Jacinto County. He
worked as a welder for his father and uncle, and later as a machinist
for McDonnell Douglas and the U.S. Army in Italy during WWII.
After the war, Harry trained with Jack Hyatt, of Hyatt Horseshoe.
Patton shod major quarter horse, hunter-jumper and dressage accounts
while managing a roping arena and horseshoe supply store on Atlantic
Ave. in Long Beach, CA. He helped young people learn to show,
rope, loaned them horses and took them to ropings.
Harry Patton has twice been elected Vice President of the International
Union of Journeyman Horseshoers, (the second oldest union in the
United States). He has overseen all testing, training (with an
emphasis in aiding hitting horses), and helped and guided 90%
of all applicants through their union exams and careers. He served
as President of the local Union numerous times. Harry was inducted
into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame Year 2000 for
recognition of distinguished accomplishments, achievements and
contributions in advancing the Farrier industry.
Ed Kinney (President of Thoro-bred Race Plate) and Harry
For over 30 years, Harry Patton was retained by the top thoroughbred
trainers including Calumet's Reggie Cornell, J.S. McCarty's John
Canty, Carvers's Joe Dunn and others like Riley Cofer and Lou
Carno. He shod Eclipse Award Champions and major stake horses
such as Time to Leave, Glorious Song, State Dinner, Jaklin Klugman
and tens of thousands of others.