Scott Knudsen is the consummate gentleman, the consummate horseman. He comes from a great background of extreme integrity and work ethic. I’m honored to call him a friend of our program and a personal one. He’s supported our program at Texas A&M Equine Reproductive Studies at the College of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences for several years and he’s one of the most selfless persons I’ve ever met. He’s always willing to help. He’s outgoing and genuine at the same time. You can tell Scott’s the real deal when it comes to a horseman, a cowboy and an entrepreneur and a businessman. Hohertz praised Knudsen’s Texas A&M presentation to equine program students: He’s a motivator and that’s what these kids need, especially if they’re on the fence. Not everybody has that gift. With all the distractions young people have.. electronic devices, social media, peer pressure, whether it’s cool to be in agriculture . . . they were all very attentive. It was one of those deals that when he got through, you could tell they enjoyed the speech. People went up and wanted to talk with him after the speech, which is a great barometer on how he affected the crowd. Warren Hohertz, Program Coordinator, Equine Reproductive Studies/Legends Premier Stallion Season Auction, Texas A & M University
Mr. Steve Riley talked about Knudsen, who’s the theater company’s President of the Board: He’s very open, especially, after you get to know him. You’re impressed by his business sense, his common sense. He’s very humble. He doesn’t crave attention, but yet people are drawn to him because of his work ethic, honesty, and loyalty. I guess what you could say is, “He’s a stand-up guy.”
The president is in charge of the governance of the organization [but] Scott also works the volunteer events. He’s next to me when we’ve had barbecues, serving the potato salad. Or, he’s the one who picked up ice. One thing that really impresses me as executive director, he comes to me and says, “How can I help. What do you need?” I’ve worked for a lot of boards and several non-profits and that’s very rare. People serve on a board for a number of reasons, some for the social.. some for the prestige. Scott is the exact opposite. He wants to work. He doesn’t care about the prestige. He just wants the nonprofit to succeed. That’s what makes him happy.
Since he’s been on the board and especially the last couple of years, there’s been a huge correction in how we handle the finances here, even though we are a nonprofit. We operate more like a business. That’s one thing he always says, “We may be a nonprofit, but we operate like it’s for profit.” There’s a saying here in Texas where we talk about what you’d call CocaCola cowboys. “He’s all hat, no cattle.” In other words, a poser. Scott is all hat, all cowboy, all cattle. He’s the real thing. Steve Riley, Executive Director, Fredericksburg Theater Company, Fredericksburg, Texas (voted best theater company- San Antonio region 2016, 2017, 2018)
“He is so engaging. He had us all laughing. Scott really connected with the students. He was so real with them, because he’s had the same experiences that they have had. He really pulled them in.”
“Scott told stories about where he started, to having his own business and the growth and all the struggles that went into it, just to keep on going. And, getting struck by lightning.”
“Equine fields are so self-started. You have to be willing to do a lot of the work yourself. Much of the horse industry is so traditional, but Scott’s so open to new things and changing. It’s really inspiring.” Dr. Jessica Bedore, Assistant Professor of Equine Science Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas talked about Scott Knudsen’s presentation at Sam Houston State in April 2019 to equine program students