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Bruce Scott Past President WAHC
The first in our series of short profiles on past and present WA Horse Council committee members and their involvement with the equestrian community.

Bruce Scott was involved with the WAHC for ten plus years and during this time he took on the roles of both President and Vice President. A problem with access to trails and his love of riding was what prompted Bruce to first become involved as a WAHC committee member representing the Endurance Riders of WA. As well as his involvement with WAHC, Bruce was on the committee for State Trails, Peel Trails and was also President of the Peel Horse Council.

Always ready to attend official functions, conferences or meet with ministers when horse issues were under discussion, Bruce brought many skills to the WAHC. He felt that during his time on the council the most rewarding achievement was being instrumental in achieving a change in attitude within some government departments and replacing traditionally held perceptions about horses and horse owners with a better understanding of the horse industry and the people involved within it.
Bruce’s interest in horses started in 1957 when he was stationed in Geraldton as a young Constable with the WA Police Force.
Learning to ride with the Marsden brothers, he competed in showjumping and a little hacking and then didn’t ride competitively
again until into his 50’s. It started with a social ride and he was hooked on horses again, and has been competing in Endurance
even since. He has competed in five Tom Quilty 100 mile events, two in the east and three in WA, to win two of the coveted Quilty buckles.

His current horse is the pure bred Arabian gelding, Dinawini Limited Edition, whom he describes as a ‘character’. Bruce rose to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and headed the Crime Port-folio before retiring in 1992. At 71 years young, he still rides at Endurance events and has no plans to give it up in the near future.