Dustin Gonnet:
Born Aug 22, 1982 to Peter and Pam Gonnet. He has a younger sister named Becky. He grew up on a PFRA community pasture near Outlook Saskatchewan where they would take care of 1200 mother cows. He has been riding horses and roping since he could walk and started his first outside horse at the young age of 11. He was fortunate to be able to spend some time with Brian Nuebert when he was 14 down in California. He also enjoyed hitting the local rodeo circuit in the calf roping and team roping events. When he was 16 he moved away from home to go work on another PFRA pasture in northern Saskatchewan. When he was 18 he had the opportunity to go work for Irricana Ab based cutting horse trainer Doug Reinhardt. He stayed there for 2 years and then branched out on his own. In 2008 an opportunity arose to purchase
a 1/4 section near Nanton Ab where we have built our training facility which includes a 10 stall heated barn and an attached 90x100 heated indoor arena.  In his short career as a cutting horse trainer he has been extremely successful and has earned over $600,000.


Marla Gonnet
Born Jan 23, 1980 to Neil and Katie Haaland. I have an older brother Chad and a younger sister Dena. I grew up on a mixed farm near Hanley Saskatchewan. Growing up I enjoyed spending time outside helping my dad with the farm duties. I was involved in 4-H for 11 years in beef and light horse. We also had purebred cattle and would go to many cattle shows and sales. After graduating I attended Marca School of Hair Design in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I had numerous jobs around the province before getting married and moving to Alberta. I worked for 2 years while Dustin was working with Doug Reinhardt. I then hung up my scissors to work with Dustin full time. In 2008 I had a son Destry.


Dustin & Marla
Grew up only 15 miles apart but were in different school divisions. Our family knew each other since my family would take cattle to the PFRA pasture that the Gonnets managed. We became friends and then started dating in 1998. We were married on April 27 2002. We have lived at numerous places all over Alberta before buying our own place in 2008 near Nanton AB where we bought a 1/4 section of land. We have built a 90x100 heated indoor arena and a 10 stall barn. That same year we welcomed our son Destry. He enjoys coming out and riding as much as he can on his old horse which he has named "Batman"!


- finalist in the open at Western National finals in Reno
- champion in the 3000NH at the Canadian finals
- Calgary Stampede Mercuria finalist
- Big Sky aged Event futurity finalist x 2
- Silver Slate futurity champion with "This Cats Max"
- Canadian Supreme futurity champion with "This Cats Got Style"
- Canadian Supreme Classic Challenge champion with "Smart Aristolena" -
- Canadian Supreme Derby finalist
- Calgary Wrangler futurity finalsist x 2
- Calgary Wrangler Classic Challenge finalist x 2

- Western National Open champion on "CD Graceful Dual"
- Western National 10000NH champion on "Christinas Blue"
- Numerous finals at numerous aged events



Dustin & Marla Gonnet
RR # 2 Cayley, Alberta T0L 0P0
Dustin: (403)901-5981
Marla: (403) 901-9161
Email- gonnetperformancehorses@gmail.com

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