Arizona horseman, Al Dunning, has owned and operated his
“Almosta Ranch” since 1970. The Quarter Horse training facility is
in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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.
Al married his wife Becky in 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 and McKenzie Parkinson, and one
- Al and his students have won 40 World and Reserve World
- AQHA World Championships in Reining, Cutting, Working Cow
Horse and Western Riding.
- His youth and amateur riders have won 12 World
- National Reined Cow Horse Association Open Bridle Champion.
- Finalist at the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Contest.
- Four NCHA World Championships, Champion at Tropicana Cutting Futurity, PCCHA Derby, NCHA
Western Nationals, and Las Vegas Classic/Challenge.
- Finalist or semi-finalist at every NCHA major event
- Trained and showed the great buckskin performance horse “
Expensive Hobby”, who was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in
- AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year in 1996.
- Monte Roberts Equitarian award in 2004.
- NCHA Zane Schulte Trainer of the Year award in 2003.
- In 2005, received the “Spirit of Community Award” from the
Scottsdale Charros for his contribution to an innovative horse
program for children called “Horsense”.
- In 2007, received first place from American Horse
Publications Annual Awards in the category of Instructional Single
Article for the article “Sitting Pretty” published in the Cutting
- Founding member and Charter President of the Arizona
Quarter Horse Youth Association
- Arizona Quarter Horse Breeder’s Association
Served as Drug Committee Chairman
Past National Director
Past Sun Country Circuit Chairman
Youth Advisor for 10 years
- American Quarter Horse Association
Approved judge for 27 years
Currently on the Judges
Director at Large
Served on Hall of Fame, Nominations,
and Credentials Committees
Show Committee member for 17 years
and past Chairman
Judged the AQHA World Show 3 times
Member of the AQHA Team Wrangler
- Arizona Cutting Horse Association
- American Horse Show Association
Stock Seat Committee for 5 years
- National Reined Cow Horse Association
Approved judge -judged snaffle bit futurity 3 times, NRCHA
Derby twice, judged Worlds Greatest Horseman Contest
- National Cutting Horse Association
Past National Director
Served on Rules, Limited Aged Events, and Nominations
Owner of A.D. Tack- A full line of top quality saddles,
DVD’s, books, bits, and equipment for the horseman.
- Author of “The Ultimate Level of Horsemanship” in 2008 about
inspirational thoughts from his training career.
- Author of “Reining” and “Reining, Completely Revised”, best
selling book with Western Horseman Magazine.
- Author of The Art of Hackamore Training
- Articles featured in: Quarter Horse Journal, Western
Horseman, Performance Horse, Horseman, ~Western Outfitter,
Eastern/Western Journal, and many more.
- Horse and Rider Magazine Pro-Team member.
- Taught clinics in 15 states, including Equine Affair, Kansas
Equifest, John Lyons Eques America, All-American Quarter Horse
Congress, Craig Cameron’s Top Gun Clinic, Equitana USA, and Equitana
Germany. Al has also given clinics in countries such as Australia,
Germany, Canada and Argentina.
- Owner of Dunning Consulting, LLC., a service that helps
equine business start-ups and general consulting.
- Owner of Team AD International, an online lesson and