Our Staff

Mieke Canan

Assistant Trainer

Mieke has been the head assistant trainer at the Almosta Ranch since the start of 2015. Born in Roll, Arizona, she began her equine career in high school rodeo.  A 2014 graduate of New Mexico State University, Meike spent her college years riding for the NMSU Ranch Horse Team as well as playing as a member of the NMSU golf team. A summer at the 6666 Ranch in 2012 and time working at the NMSU Equestrian Center in 2013 capped off her time in New Mexico, and she made her way back to Arizona with an Animal Science degree. Mieke is a talented showman, a great teacher, and an integral part of Al Dunning Training Stables. 


Kelsey Roderique

Business Manager

Kelsey is responsible for managing the Almosta Ranch office as well as the continued growth of Al’s many businesses – Al Dunning Training Stables, AD Tack, Better Horses Network,  Team AD, Al Dunning Clinics, and Dunning Consulting, LLC.  Kelsey graduated from Arizona State University summa cum laude with her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications ’14 and M.S. in Business Management ’15. While at ASU, she was President/Captain of the ASU Western Equestrian Team. Now, she actively travels and competes in NCHA shows with Al. Kelsey loves working at the Almosta Ranch, being able to combine her media and business background with her lifelong love of horses.

GR Longworth VMD


Dr. Jerry Longworth has spent a lifetime with animals. Jerry is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and owns and operates Scottsdale Equine Reproduction Center, LLC.  Dr. Longworth has been caring for our horses since 2011.  His attention to detail and each animal’s welfare leaves no doubt that the horses at Almosta Ranch receive the best care.  From feeding and preventative care to soundness issues and rehabilitation, Dr. Longworth supervises and consults on all aspects of our program. In his spare time, you can find him in the cutting pen competing with his World Champion gelding, Zack and Blue. 


Travis DeMers


Born in Montana, Travis now makes his home in Arizona and has been caring for the horses here at the Almosta Ranch since 2013.  A farrier for 22 years, Travis enjoys helping each individual horse and the challenges that come with keeping performance horses at their peak levels. Team Roping is his hobby of choice.

Charles Brooks


If there is a beautiful photo of the horses or humans at the Almosta Ranch, it’s a sure bet that photo was taken by the talented Mr. Brooks! He graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in History, and later earned his MBA in Marketing from Wright State University.  After serving a tour of duty in the US Air Force, Charlie began a 30-year sales career with Procter & Gamble, before embarking on his second career-photography.

A member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) along with a certification as a professional photographer, Charlie also has a Master of Photography Degree and was the Silver Level Photographer of the Year in 2006. When not photographing someone on a horse, he can be found riding one himself!