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Preserving the Legacy of Tom Dorrance & Ray Hunt

Tom and Ray
Photograph by Heather Hafleigh

A Legacy of Legends is a continuation of what Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance taught and understood about horses.

While Ray is widely considered the greatest and most influential horseman of all time, he was always quick to give the credit to Tom.

Tom told the horse’s side of the story,” Ray said in an interview not long after Tom’s passing. “He knew what the horse was going to do before the horse knew it. I’d never seen anything like it and I’ve never met anyone since who understands the horse the way Tom did. He had something truly special.

Together Tom and Ray changed the horse world, but with the loss of Ray in 2009 there were concerns about how to preserve their legacy and assure that the extraordinary gift they had given us was passed on.

The Legacy of Legends annual gathering brings together some of today’s best examples of what Tom and Ray started, and through our scholarship program we are certain the learning will continue and the lessons these two legends taught will never be forgotten.

Like Tom and Ray, who were always thinking about how they might make it easier or better for the horse, A Legacy of Legends offers others the encouragement and understanding to keep searching too.


Tom Dorrance at clinic in Haines Oregon
Photograph by Eric Sines

Tom Dorrance, Haines Oregon 1993


Ray Hunt
Photograph by Eric Sines

Ray Hunt, John Day Oregon 1988