Avalyn Hunter (born 1961) is an American Thoroughbred pedigree analyst and the author of three books on the subject. Ms. Hunter graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA degree in psychology and obtained her MA degree in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
A former United States Air Force officer, MS Hunter has worked as a mental health professional since 1993. She has written the following books:
- American Classic Pedigrees (1914–2002): A Decade-By Decade Review of Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Winners plus Kentucky Oaks and Coaching Club American Oaks (2003) Eclipse Press ISBN 978-1581500950
- The Kingmaker : How Northern Dancer Founded a Racing Dynasty (2006) Eclipse Press ISBN 1-58150-137-4
- Gold Rush : How Mr. Prospector Became Racing's Billion-Dollar Sire (2007) Eclipse Press ISBN 9781581501735
In their review, About, Inc., part of The New York Times Company, called American Classic Pedigrees (1914–2002) a "masterpiece of research."
Avalyn Hunter lives in Florida with her husband and two children.