A Longview rancher got his start with the Calgary Stampede competing in wild cow milking and bareback riding.

Over 50 years later, John Scott has been honoured for his involvement with the Stampede with a Pioneers of Rodeo Award presented at the Rotary House on the Stampede grounds on Monday, July 9.

Scott says, it's a very prestigious award.

"It's just one of the highlights of my life to be able to receive this, and it came from the Rodeo Committee, and the Chuckwagon Committee, and the Calgary Stampede. It's quite an honour."

As well as sitting on a number of Stampede Committees, Scott says, he got involved supplying horse to the Calgary Stampede Parade.

At any given time, he's supplied as many as 200 horses, teams and wagons to the Stampede.

He says, the parade led him to stock contracting which opened doors into the motion picture business.

"I've been involved in about seven Academy Award-winning pictures, and that's Days of Heaven, Unforgiven, Legends of the Fall, Jesse James, Shanghai Noon, I went to New Zealand and did Lord of the Rings, and in the last couple of years was the Revenant."

Also presented with a Pioneers of Rodeo Award was world champion barrel racer, Marlene Eddleman McRae, and former chuckwagon driver, Buddy Bensmiller.


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