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, and Monte Roberts Equitarian award in 2004. In addition, he trained and showed the great buckskin performance horse Expensive Hobby, who was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2007. Al and his students have garnered 45 World and Reserve World titles in NCHA, AQHA, NRCHA, and NRHA.
Al Dunning has served as a leader for the local and national horse industry for over 40 years. He is one of the founding members of the Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Association and was Charter President. Al has served as President of the AZQHA and served on the Board of Directors since 1975. With the AQHA, Al is a Director at Large and currently serves as Chairman of the Judges Committee as well as a member of the Hall of Fame Committee. With the National Cutting Horse Association he is a past National Director and has served on the Nominations, Limited Age Events, and Rules Committee. Additionally, he is a past President of the Arizona Cutting Horse Association. 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.