On Thursday, April 27, 2023, the equestrian community suffered a heartbreaking loss with the sudden passing of Steve L. Mitchell, an outstanding farrier, in a tragic shoeing accident. The news of his untimely departure came as a shock to all who knew him, leaving behind a deep sense of sorrow and grief. This tribute article serves as a remembrance of Steve Mitchell, a remarkable individual who made a profound impact on the lives of many within the equestrian community.
Born on August 12, 1968, Steve Mitchell was a cherished member of the Cuba, Missouri community, where he dedicated over 30 years of his life to the craft of farriery. Renowned for his expertise, he was widely regarded as one of the best farriers in the business. He honed his skills and knowledge at Missouri State University, earning a degree in Farrier Science. Throughout his career, Steve tirelessly cared for numerous horses, providing them with exceptional shoeing and hoof care.
Described as a kind-hearted man with an unwavering passion for horses, Steve possessed a unique connection with every equine he worked on. He approached each horse with care, taking the time to understand their individual needs and address any concerns they may have had. Steve was not only a skilled farrier but also a trusted friend to many. His clients held him in high regard, appreciating his willingness to go above and beyond to ensure their satisfaction.
The cause of Steve Mitchell’s death has not been disclosed at this time. However, this tragic incident serves as a poignant reminder of the inherent risks that farriers face in their daily work. Working with large and unpredictable animals, farriers place themselves in potentially hazardous situations. Nevertheless, these dedicated professionals continue to serve with unwavering dedication and commitment.
The passing of Steve Mitchell has left an indelible impact on the equestrian community. Many fellow farriers, horse owners, and equestrians have come forward to express their condolences and pay tribute to the exceptional man he was. Cody Dooley, a fellow farrier at Bar D Farrier Services, took to Facebook to remind everyone of the inherent dangers that come with the job. Cody described Steve as “one of the nicest guys you could ever meet” and emphasized the importance of working cooperatively with farriers for the safety of all involved.
Tributes have poured in from individuals deeply affected by Steve Mitchell’s death. Jamie Eyrich paid homage, stating, “Rest Easy Steve Mitchell, We Sure Will Miss Seeing You But We Will See You Again In Heaven And If We Can Ride Horses In Heaven, We Will Want You To Be Our Heavenly Horse Shoer To Take Care Of Our Horses In Heaven!!! You Were Taken WAY TOO SOON!!!” Cody Dooley also expressed his sorrow, saying, “Rest in peace Steve Mitchell. We lost another good farrier last night in a freak accident. Everyone that owns horses, please work with them for your farrier. We have one of the most dangerous jobs there is. Rest easy, keep them horses sound up there. He sure gained a good one!”
Steve Mitchell leaves behind a profound legacy that will be forever etched in the memories of those he touched. His passing is an immense loss to the equestrian community, as he was not just a farrier but also a friend, mentor, and inspiration to many. His exceptional work, kind heart, and gentle spirit will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him. The equestrian community mourns his untimely departure and extends heartfelt condolences to the Mitchell family during this difficult time. May Steve rest in eternal peace.