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Al Dunning

Al Dunning has owned and operated “Almosta Ranch” in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1970. Born in Chicago in 1950, Al’s family moved to Arizona when he was 8 years old. He began riding horses with his sisters and went on to further his talents with mentors such as Jim Paul, John Hoyt and Don Dodge. Over the years, Al developed his multi-faceted business with a focus on the development of champion horses and riders.

One of the most respected horsemen in the industry, Al has received multiple honors including American Quarter Horse Association’s Professional Horseman of the Year in 1996, NCHA Zane Schulte Trainer of the Year award in 2003, Monte Roberts Equitarian award in 2004, Western Horseman Magazine's Western Horseman Award in 2017 and is an EquiStat Elite Million Dollar Winner. He was also inducted into the Arizona Quarter Horse Association’s Hall of Fame in 2016. In addition, he trained and showed the great buckskin performance horse Expensive Hobby, who was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2007 and the AZQHA Hall of Fame in 2016. Al and his students have garnered 45 World and Reserve World titles in NCHA, AQHA, NRCHA, and NRHA.

Currently Al is a National Reined Cow Horse Association Judge, and he has judged the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity four times and the NRCHA Derby twice.

An author of many articles, multiple educational and training videos, and five books - Reining, Reining Revised, The Art of Hackamore Training, The Ultimate Level of Horsemanship, and Down The Fence, Al is always eager to share his knowledge, philosophies and training skills.

Al and his wife Becky have been married since 1971. Becky is a well-known horse show announcer, and co-founded America’s Horse Cares, a division of the AQHA foundation which focuses on therapeutic riding charities. The Dunnings have two children, Grady Dunning and McKenzie Parkinson, and two Granddaughters, Gracie and Hadley Parkinson.

 

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