Equine Training and Retreat
**** FIVE STAR RATED *****
Professional World Class Western/English Environment
Cutting, Reining, Basic Horsemanship, English
Train with Monte Luke (training under Al Dunning -Team AD International)
Manhattan, Kansas - Flint Hills of Kansas: 300+ acres to ride
TOP QUALITY HORSE CARE - PROVEN!!! True equine/livestock people. We have been doing this for over 100 years. We live on sight and are in the barns 24/7. Monte PERSONALLY takes care of each horse DAILY. We are in the barns wind, rain, snow or 30 below.
Pasture boarding which includes full use of all facilities at your leisure. Hay, auto-heated water, shelter and cover. WITH turnout, blanketing as needed, and other special requirements you request. YOU DON'T need to worry.
Stalls with 40 foot pipe run outs - Stored Hay, Grain, Turnout, Blanketing, Full use of the private lake; trail riding and Indoor/outdoor lighted Arena's
Box Stalls with runs AND FULL TURNOUT - 12 x 14 Boxed Stalls - fans, Private Tack lockers, Full care - Hay, Grain, Turnout, Blanketing
Certified Ken McNabb trainer
I have learned from trainers and clinicians such as Clinton Anderson, Pat Parelli, Ken McNabb and Josh Lyons and developed a training style that I find creates a very trusting partner in each horse. I believe in ground work as a platform for your partnership where clear communication between you and your horse is key. I have experience in halter breaking, starting under saddle, ground work, creating safe trail horses, lessons on my horse with kids/inexperienced riders, tune ups, safe trailer loading, establishing softness in bit and leg cues.
United States Equestrian Federation
United States Hunter Jumper Association
Kansas Hunter Jumper Association
United States Dressage Federation
American Quarter Horse Association
Kansas Horse Council
Monte Luke Wedel - Al Dunning 2013
Since 1970, Al Dunning has owned and operated Almosta Ranch, a Quarter Horse training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2005, Al recieved the "Spirit of Community Award" from the Scottsdale Charros for his contribution to an innovative horse program for children called "Horsesense". Through out the years, Al has recieved many awards, including the following:
Al Dunning and his students have garnered 21 World titles, including 9 AQHA World champions, 9 AQHA Reserve World Champions, 7 AQHA Amateur World Titles, 500 Arizona Year End champions, 3 AJQHA World Champions, and 11 All-American Congress Winners. Al also placed in the 2001 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman contest.
- 2004 - Monty Roberts Equitarian Award.
- 2003 - Zane Schulte NCHA Trainer of the Year Award
- 1996 - American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman of the Year.
In addition, Al has won the 1980 NRHA Open World Championship and non pro Matt Kimes won the 1996NRHA Derby Non Pro Championship. In 1984 he won the Tropicana Cutting Futurity Championship, 1986 PCCHA Derby Championship, 1988 Las Vegas Classic/Challenge Championship, 1991 NCHA World Champion Open Gelding, 2002 NRCHA Open Bridle Horse Champion at the S.B.F., and many other major show championships.
Al Dunning has served as a leader for the local and national horse industry for over 30 years. He is one of the founding members of the Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Association and Charter President, and was a youth advisor for 10 years.
Al has been on the Board of Directors since 1975, he was Chairman of the Drug committee, and has served as President of the AZQHA. Al also served on the USET formation committee for Reining as an Olympic sport.
With the AQHA, Al is a Director at Large, served on the Show Committee for 17 years. He has served as Chairman of the Show Committee from 1997-99, Western Sub-Committee Chairman, served on the Hall of Fame Committee, and Nomination Credentials Committee. Al was President of the Arizona Cutting Horse Association. He has also served on Nominations, Limited Age Events and Rules Committees of the National Cutting Horse Association, and was National Director for the NCHA. Al served on the American Horse Show Association Stock Seat Committee for 5 years.
Currently he serves on the National Reined Cow Horse Association and AQHA judges committee.
Top Quality Horse Boarding. Safe, Sound, Secure.
Becky Biswell on Kitty
During the past 50 years, native Kansan Dean Smith has accumulated innumerable accolades in the show ring in numerous types of events. He's trained and shown many state and world champion reining, cutting, halter and pleasure horses. A top cutting horse trainer, Dean Smith has also made a substantial impact on the entire equine industry. He was the person competitors strived not only to beat, but also sought to emulate his training. As an equine breeder, he has produced top quality horses. He's trained many successful non-professional riders and handlers through the years, and he's helped develop some of the top trainers in the country. Without a doubt, native Kansan Dean Smith is a legend not only in the cutting industry, but in the equine industry as a whole.
Dean was presented with the very first NRHA bronze trophy awarded in 1969 when he rode Miss Sue Skip owned by Gloria Oursler of Coffeyville, KS to the win in the futurity. He was also awarded the trophy in 1970 as the NRHA open winner riding Miss Sue Skip.
In the 1970's and 80's Dean was a fixture on the KQHA circuit showing horses for Delmar Wessler and Darrol Keener. He won the KQHA high point all around several times even donning english attire to show one winner.Recently Dean has specialized in the cutting industry
Monte L. Wedel and Baxter Black
2UW Brush Creek Ranch
Monte l. Wedel and Mary Ubel-Wedel