Al Dunning and the late Expensive Hobby were inducted into the Arizona Quarter Horse Association (AzQHA)’s Hall of Fame on Feb. 20 for their individual and collective accomplishments in the Quarter Horse industry.
Dunning’s impressive career includes 45 World Championships and Reserve World Championships through the National Reining Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association, and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Dunning was past president of the AzQHA and the Arizona Cutting Horse Association, as well as director at large of the AQHA. In 1996, Dunning was named the AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year.
“I have so many people to thank for helping me to be a success,” said Dunning, who is a Vita Flex Victory Team rider. “I’ve been blessed with great customers who trust me to treat their horses with respect and get the job done. Then there are once-in-a-lifetime special horses like Expensive Hobby that make your dreams come true!”
Once-in-a-lifetime might be the best way to describe Expensive Hobby, who passed away in 2003. The buckskin Quarter Horse was a four-time AQHA Champion, and was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2007. Expensive Hobby and Dunning won the NRHA Open Reining at the AQHA All American Quarter Horse Congress, and Expensive Hobby held AQHA Superiors in reining, working cow horse and cutting. The famed Quarter Horse is forever eternalized as a Breyer model.
Dunning is proud to accept the honor and is grateful to those around him who helped him achieve such measured success.
“I have been riding most of my life,” Dunning said. “A great family, loyal friends, and amazing horses have blessed me throughout. I wouldn’t change a thing!”
Dunning continues to train and show Western performance horses at his ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. With their induction into the AzQHA Hall of Fame, Dunning and Expensive Hobby join other Arizona greats including Doc Bar, John Hoyt, and Rick Johns.
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