Distinquished Service Award Recipients

2009 Alberta Horse Industry
Distinguished Service Award

eldon-and-peggyAs accomplished as they are as individuals, the equine legacy of both Peggy McDonald and Eldon Bienert is truly that of two immaculately merging into one. For more than 40 years these two have combined their considerable skills, passions and synergies to benefit equines and their equestrian counterparts across the land. These efforts truly personify the word "team".

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2007 Alberta Horse Industry
Distinguished Service Award

Doug Milligan has been called the quintessential public servant – an infinitely complimentary moniker that represents the virtual trailer load of superlatives used to describe his three decades of service to the province.  From the moment he became the first head of Alberta’s  Horse Industry Branch ( the first of its kind in Canada) in 1974 until his retirement in 2007, his passion, vision, and arsenal of skills have been  pivotal in building Alberta’s now undeniably dominant place in the equine world.

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2007 Alberta Horse Industry
Distinguished Service Award

John ScottWhile legions dream of going to Hollywood to seek their fame and fortune, it took a cowboy to dream instead, of bringing Hollywood to Alberta. It quickly became his niche in the equine world, and an ongoing marquee for displaying our province's talent and treasures.

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2006 Alberta Horse Industry
Distinguished Service Award

David ReidWhen the “Sport of Kings” in Alberta was struggling to maintain its continued viability and was badly in need of sweeping changes, it collectively called on a man of wisdom, vision, conviction, passion and dogged determination to cure the ails of our horse racing industry. Dr. David Reid answered that call the only way he knew how – leaving no stone unturned in the relentless pursuit of total rehabilitation, restoration and an enhanced state of wellness for his beloved patient.

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2005 Alberta Horse Industry
Distinguished Service Award

Supreme is a word reserved to describe absolute and consummate mastery in a­ performance or production. For David B. Robson,Dave Robson it is a word that his peers use unabashedly every day to describe his character, accomplishments, and utmost commitment to the equine and business worlds. It is also the universal reference used to describe perhaps his most favoured labour of love in the horse industry-The Canadian Cow Horse Supreme.

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2004 Alberta Horse Industry
Distinguished Service Award

For six decades, the life-paths of Bruce Roy and the Bruce Roymagnificence of the Heavy Horse have been inseparably linked. Like those “gentle giants” he so enthusiastically promoted through thick and thin, the impact of his efforts have been colossal. His wisdom, dedication and personal touch have been indelibly etched on both the history and future success of the Heavy Horse Industry.

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Joe Selinger josef Selinger-sm2003 Alberta Horse Industry
Distinguished Service Award

A Horseman with the gift to both recognize potential and also teach to maximize that potential is a rare and valuable commodity. Combine that gift with relentless enthusiasm, strong work ethic, and an entrepreneurial spirit, ... the result is a crown jewel. Joe Selinger is indeed a crown jewel within Alberta’s Horse Industry.

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2002 Alberta Horse Industry
Distinguished Service Award

Hans HansmaThe Hans Hansma recipe for success was a simple one: combine ample amounts of family values, the Quarter Horse, a strong work ethic, honesty and integrity, and an unselfish passion for continual improvement and development.  Learn from the best.  Take  the  time  and  effort  necessary  to  get  it  right. 

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2001 Alberta Horse Industry
Distinguished Service Award

Marg and Ron SouthernPrecious few have the vision, resolve and passion to truly turn their majestic dreams into an equally splendid reality.  Fewer yet seek to ensure that those dreams - come - reality are able to actualize, and accelerate, the heretofore seemingly unachievable aspirations of people from many walks of life. 

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Bill Colins2000 Alberta Horse Industry
Distinguished Service Award

The pure essence of one’s contributions and achievements can usually be found in the words used to describe him. Occasionally, however, the sheer magnitude of a person’s accomplishments and character outdistances even the most  noble  of  words.  Such  is the  case in trying to capture the full impact of Mr. Bill Collins – our omniscient master  horseman.

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