Al Dunning: Been There Dun That

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Al Dunning

Reining-Cutting-Working Cow Horse

When it comes to reining and cutting, author, trainer, competitor, judge, and Hall of Famer Al Dunning has ‘dun’ it all. When Al talks about his journey from riding horses in the suburbs of Chicago to being named Western Magazine’s 2017 Horseman of the Year his passion for horses, dedication to the sport, and family are crystal clear.

Al enjoys spending time with family and friends at Almosta Ranch in Scottsdale Arizona as well as hitting the road to show and teach clinics worldwide.

“Helping people learn how to ride and take care of their horses has always been a big deal to me. Watching somebody’s improvement, even if it’s a small step in the right direction, keeps me pumped up. Wherever I go it is an exciting challenge that is always gratifying.”

One of the most respected horsemen in the industry, Al Dunning is a legend in the western performance horse world. He has trained multiple world champions in Reining Cutting and Working Cow Horse division and he and his students have won 48 World and Reserve World Championships in the NCHA, AQHA, NRCHA and the NRHA. Al is best known for his success on the AQHA champion, Expensive Hobby.

In addition, to his continuing competitive success Al is NCHA judge and a well-respected author.

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  • 2023 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Hall of Fame
  • 2021 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Million Dollar Rider
  • 2021 Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Smith Sportsmanship Recipient
  • Awarded Monte Roberts Equitarian Award 2004
  • 2003 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA )Zane Schulte Trainer of the Year Award
  • Western Horseman’s Magazine Western Horseman Award 2017
  • 2016 Inducted into the Arizona Quarter Horse Association’s Hall of Fame
  • AQHA Professional 1996 Horseman of the Year
  • Chairman of the American Quarter Horse (AQHA) Judges Committee

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