My Col­lec­tion

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The Col­lec­tor:

Al Dun­ning Scotts­dale, Ari­zona

The Col­lec­tion:

“Ex­pen­sive Hobby was a very spe­cial horse,” Al Dun­ning re­calls. “It’s cool to have a col­lec­tion that hon­ors his le­gacy.”

The 1971 buck­skin geld­ing left his mark in the arena with Dun­ning in the sad­dle. At bot­tom left: a limited-edi­tion porce­lain ver­sion of the Breyer Horse made in Hobby’s honor. A friend painted the horse’s like­ness in front of the cac­tus hedge that lined Dun­ning’s first training barn. The bri­dle is Hob- by’s show head­stall, equipped with a bit that be­longed to an­other Dun­ning fa­vorite— Pink Pony. The sketch of Dun­ning stop­ping Hobby has ap­peared on ev­ery­thing from sta­tionery to blan­kets. The photo is from Hobby’s hack­amore class win at an A to Z show in the ’70s where Dun­ning re­calls, “All the greats were there.” And the tooled-leather bri­dle hanger was made by a friend and holds Hobby’s head­stall in Dun­ning’s of­fice.

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