Ruckersville, Va., farrier Scott Collier, who is best known for owning and manufacturing Scott Anvils, passed away June 16, 2023, in a farm accident. He was 59.
Collier graduated in 1982 from North Texas Horseshoeing School. He was an American Farrier’s Association (AFA) Certified Journeyman Farrier (CJF), a member of the World Championship Blacksmiths, and a member and past president of the Virginia Horseshoers Association (VHA).
“Early in my career, I was fortunate to have been introduced to Scott and the VHA for continuing education and networking,” Steve Walthall, VHA president, wrote on Facebook. “The impact of Scott Collier is all over my career. I can never pretend to ever fill the shoes of this man in our organization, but I’m forever grateful. … Every day, many of us literally make our living on one of Scott’s creations. As you work, think of him and all the memories you have.”
Collier’s anvils are used in countless farrier rigs, shops, competitions and more. While they are available in many sizes, their logo attracts attention.
“The cross on every Scott anvil wasn’t just a logo, it truly meant something to him,” wrote John Harshbarger, owner of Well-Shod in Amarillo, Texas. “We take great comfort in knowing that. A great man and promoter of our trade, he will be deeply missed.”
Collier’s many contributions to the farrier industry were echoed by many.
“Scott was representative of the kind of person I found when I asked for help,” wrote Jason Usry, CJF, of Manakin Sabot, Va. “He was the guy, along with many others, that I refer to when I tell farriers about the acceptance, encouragement and help I found from the AFA guys when I finally decided to be a better farrier. He changed the industry with his anvils; at least they changed my career.”
Shane Westman, a Davis, Calif., farrier, perhaps said it best in a Facebook post on his business page.
“As his anvil falls silent, know that we all ring our in his memory.”
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 at City Church, 1010 Rio Rd E, Charlottesville, Va. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 at City Church. A meal and fellowship will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alpha Ministry.