Dick Pieper and his wife, Brenda, operate Pieper Ranch in Marietta, Oklahoma, where they stand the cutting stallion Playgun. Pieper trained and showed reining horses for many years, and is a past president of the National Reining Horse Association and a member of the NRHA Hall of Fame. After the Piepers bought Playgun in 1993, he began to concentrate on cutting horses and has amassed earnings of more than $350,000 in the sport. Pieper now focuses on starting 2-year-old performance prospects and giving horsemanship clinics. He will be featured in the March issue of Western Horseman in a feature story entitled "The Evolution of a Horseman." That issue will be available on newsstands in mid-February.
Professional horseman Al Dunning lives and trains out of the Almosta Ranch northeast of Scottsdale, Arizona. An avid and successful competitor in reining, cutting and cow horse events, Dunning has won more than $912,000. Though he specializes in Western performance events, this American Quarter Horse Association approved judge of 27 years offers horsemanship advice to all riders through his online mentoring program, Team AD International.
National Reining Horse Association champion and United States Equestrian Team medalist Pete Kyle trains out of his Whitesboro, Texas, facility. Kyle is on the United States Equestrian Federation Reining Committee, and currently serves on the board of directors for the American Quarter Horse Association and National Reining Breeders Classic. The trainer and his wife, Tamra, stand reining champion Einsteins Revolution at Kyle Ranch. Recently, Kyle captured the freestyle championship at the Kentucky Reining Cup in Louisville, Kentucky.
Teryn Muench, a performance horse trainer from Marietta, Oklahoma, makes his living starting colts and laying the foundation a horse needs to compete in Western performance events. A champion in American Stock Horse Association events and ranch horse competitions, Muench also competes in Mustang Makeover events, winning the 2011 Mustang Magic Trainers Challenge and the 2010 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover.
Bryan Neubert grew up riding horses on his family's ranch outside of Salinas, California, and also spent 20 years cowboying and starting horses on large outfits in Nevada and California. Neubert was influenced by the great horsemen Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance, and his training philosophy emphasizes recognizing opportunities to help a horse learn and presenting lessons in a way a horse understands.
Richard Winters lives in Ojai, California, with his wife, Cheryl. They conduct horsemanship clinics throughout the country and operate their horsemanship program at the Thacher School, a private boarding school in Ojai. Winters won the 2009 Road to the Horse challenge, and is featured in the October article, "Higher-Level Horsemanship," on page 68.