Becky Lasley was born in the small Minnesota farming town of Lakefield in 1952. Six years later, she moved to Arizona where she attended Scottsdale High School and graduated from Arizona State University.
At the early age of 11 she attained her horsemanship badge with the Girl Scouts and soon got her first horse, Baldy. Becky’s involvement with quarter horses started in 1965, competing in all around events. In 1969 she was the AQHBA Youth All Around Champion on the great mare Cherizan, a member of the AZQHA Hall of Fame. In addition, she showed several halter horses as well as competed in barrels and poles. Becky has earned AQHA points in 15 AQHA events. Her entire youth career was overseen by John Hoyt, a member of the AZQHA Hall of Fame as well.
Becky married Al Dunning in 1971 and they began careers in the horse industry. Her primary focus was on the english horses, winning numerous championships the AQHA World Show, Quarter Horse Congress, and the Texas Quarter Horse Classic. Becky also qualified horses for the world show in trail, pleasure, western riding, hunt seat, hunter hack, and hunter under saddle. In addition she coached numerous world and state AQHA champions in the amateur and youth divisions. Years later, Becky would once again return to the show pen where competed throughout the west, southwest, and Texas in NCHA cuttings on her great gelding More Oats Please.
In 1985, after a shoulder injury, Becky began a second career as a professional horse show announcer. What was at first a limited endeavor soon turned into a full time profession. Becky has announced the Arizona Sun Circuit for over 30 years. In addition to quarter horse shows, she also specializes in NRHA reining, NRCHA working cow horse, and NCHA cutting events.
One of the founding members of the AzQHYA in the late 60’s, Becky would go on to serve on the Board of Directors for the AzQHA for many years. She has been a member of the AQHA Foundation Committee for over 20 years. Within the foundation, she and Peggy Kimes developed a branch named America’s Horse Cares, supporting equine assisted activities and therapies with the goal of giving back and improving lives of those that need the horse most. In Becky’s own words, “The most meaningful accomplishment of all my efforts is the ability to change people’s lives in such a positive manner. I have seen first hand the tremendous results for youth, adults, and veterans, and those with mental and physical challenges. Horses have been the way of my life. I have been blessed with so much, and have been compelled to give back. Being a part of the quarter horse family for decades has been an honor.”
Becky has been married to Al for 47 years, and together they have two children, McKenzie and Grady, and son-in-law Shadd Parkinson. McKenzie is involved in the horse industry and Grady is a big city boy, having lived in New York City for 11 years. In addition, she has two spectacular granddaughters, Gracie-age 8, and Hadley-age 3.