Many dream of going to Hollywood to seek their fame and fortune, it took a cowboy to turn that dream around and bring Hollywood to Alberta instead. When it comes to horses, equine stunts and training horses for movies, you are describing the niche in the equine world that John Scott crafted for himself, and in so doing has actively displayed Alberta’s talents and treasures.



The Horse Industry Association of Alberta presented the eighth Distinguished Service Award to Longview Alberta cowboy John Scott on January 13, 2007 at the 25th annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference. The award was given in recognition of his many accomplishments and for the work he has done in the past four decades. Scott’s dream and his involvement with film have contributed significantly to the growth of the movie business into what is now a $250 million industry in the province.

“John Scott has put Alberta on the map when it comes to horses in movies,” says Les Burwash, manager of horse programs with Alberta Agriculture and Food, Airdrie. “His credits include four Oscar winning pictures, nearly 150 productions in film and television, and a legacy of related accomplishments that make him revered and respected around the world.”

During his career as wrangler, producer, host, promoter, stunt coordinator, talent scout and actor, Scott has help capture the breathtaking splendor of the Alberta landscape while safely and deftly promoting and preserving this spirit of the west and the majesty of horses.

For the past eight years, the Distinguished Service Award presentation has been a special part of the Horse Breeders and Owners Conference, held annually in Red Deer. With the presentation of this award, Scott becomes part of a distinguished group of Alberta horsemen and women dedicated to horses and the horse industry in the province. As the eighth recipient of the award, he joins Bill Collins, Ron and Marg Southern, Hans Hansma, Joe Selinger, Bruce Roy, Dave Robson and Dr. David Reid – a truly elite group of Albertans.

Each year at the conference, the Distinguished Service Award is presented to an Albertan or group of Albertans who have had a great impact on the growth and development of the horse industry. The basis of selection is on their contribution to the industry, which can be in breeding, manufacturing, facilities, organization, education, auction sales, export sales, training people and horses, communication or a combination of any number of these areas.

“It was indeed an honour to present the Distinguished Service Award to John Scott,” says Burwash. “He is truly an Alberta horseman who has earned the respect and recognition of the industry. He’s a man who is truly tall-in-the-saddle.”

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