Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Here's a clip from the Wild West Entertainment crew at the Williston FL Christmas Parade featuring Roman Rider Stephanie Cons; Trick Rider Keana Guerra, Deke Rivers performing Mounted Gunspinning; Mary Rivers Sidesaddle, and Cydney Lane with our Trick Mini "Flea"...
I was visiting family out-of-state during the parade and am very proud of my crew who rode right in front of an elephant carrying "Santa"!

We've been giving private mounted shooting lessons and clinics here in Ocala for the last two weeks - and we're gearing up to compete in a Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition in the Daytona FL area Saturday, then a "Surfin' Cowboy" specialty act performance for STRIDE Dressage Association's Annual Awards Banquet Sunday.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas and 2009!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas! We're already booking up for 2009 with clinics, specialty acts, announcing jobs and mounted shooting events, lessons and horse training. We'll be competing in the Florida Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association's event Jan 3, then performing Jan 4 for STRIDE dressage association's annual banquet held at the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association arena. Our Holiday with Horses performance last weekend benefitted MTRA and Horses N Heros - two great causes. Check out for schedule updates!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Stephanie Cons - Apprentice Trainer/Performer Extraordinaire!

Here are some pics of Stephanie Cons, our Apprentice Trainer/Performer from Ontario, Canada. She's come a long way and has become an accomplished Trick and Roman Rider and is working trick, liberty and dancing horses as well.

We will be the feature act at Holiday with Horse tomorrow night at Canterbury Equestrian Showplace in Newberry FL. I've been contracted to perform our popular "Surfin' Cowboy" specialty act, as well as singing the National Anthem horseback to open the show. I'm very patriotic and proud to do this and have many fond memories of opening sporting events and shows around the country by singing the national anthem for them. I've even sung the Canadian National Anthem to open the Can-Am Equine Emporium north of the border! I opened my "Best of the West" show at the Kentucky Horse Park while singing horseback, walking through the audience to make my way into the arena...That show really got me a lot of publicity.

2009 is already booking up with specialty act appearances, clinics and announcing/emcee jobs, so things are looking good! Thanks for checking out our blog - go to to see our updated schedule of events!

Happy Trails and Happy Holidays from me and the Wild West Entertainment crew!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Denny Chapman's Wild West Entertainment at the 2008 Ocala FL Christmas Parade!

Below is a link to a short video of our appearance at the Ocala Christmas Parade last night. Our cast members include Me (roman riding), Stephanie Cons (trick riding), Deke Rivers (mounted gunspinning), Dawn Rivers (sidesaddle), Mandy Cook (trick riding), Keana Guera (trick riding), and Cydney Lane (trick horse).
Our trainer/performering apprentice, Stephanie Cons, will be featured in the Williston FL Christmas Parade next weekend on our Roman Riding team!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A great year for Denny Chapman's Wild West Entertainment!

As we're gearing up for our last couple of 2008 appearances, I'm reminded of the fantastic year we've had performing and making appearances all around the country. Suncoast Bedding and Mane N Tail, my two principal sponsors, made it possible for me to drive and fly thousands of miles to perform specialty acts, compete in mounted shooting events, produce clinics and announce events all over the United States. Above are a few pictures of me giving out sponsor-donated products at a recent Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association event. We're taking the whole Wild West Entertainment crew to the Ocala Christmas Parade this weekend - I'll be Roman Riding, several of our students will be trick riding with our apprentice trainer/performer Stephanie Cons, "The Pistolero" Deke Rivers will be performing mounted gunspinning, and even our little trick mini "Flea" will be involved. We're replacing the Budweiser Clydedales this year as the feature equine group! Dec 20 I'll be the feature performer in the Canterbury Showplace's "Holiday with Horses" show (which benefits the Marion County Therepeutic Riding program), then we'll be gearing up for a mounted shooting boot camp, a specialty act performance and a mounted shooting competition - all in the first week of January 2009! It's bound to be another busy year for us and there are several new and exciting things in the works. Stay updated by checking on this blogsite, as well as our website: . P.S. Check out, page 3, for a cool full page magazine ad we're featured in for Sujncoast Bedding...

Happy Trails - and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mounted Shooting and Wild West Entertainment!

Here are a couple of pictures from the set of Western Shooting Horse Magazine Television in Amarillo TX. Denny provided announcing and color commentary for the CMSA World Championships there, as well as hosted interviews for WSH with former World and National Champion Annie Bianco-Ellet and junior champs Cody Clark and Mikayla Zayas, and other notable figures in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association. Here's a link to the videos:

In recent news, Denny was the top lever action rifle shooter at the Florida State SASS Mounted Shooting Championships held in Williston FL over the weekend. "I really enjoy representing my sponsors at these events," Denny Said. Denny donated Suncoast Bedding product and Mane N Tail prizes for the awards ceremony.

Denny's WILD WEST ENTERTAINMENT company also provided entertainment Saturday night for the Florida Thoroughbred Farm Manager's Stallion Showcase Awards Dinner at the Ocala Hilton. "The Pistoloero," Deke Rivers, and trick roper Shane Kuehn joined Denny to present a 30-minute show with cowboy music, gunspinning, whip cracking and trick roping. We'll have some pictures up soon from both of these events - so check back! Denny and his trick riding students and performers will be in the Ocala Christmas Parade Dec 6, and will be the featured horse group this year, replacing the Budweiser Clydesdales!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Denny at the Florida Horse Park

We had a great time entertaining the crowds at the Florida Horse Park's "Mane Event" Saturday. Our apprentice trainer/performer Stephanie Cons and I performed trick and liberty horses, sidesaddle, and roman riding. There was a mounted archery group there as well, with demos between our acts. It was a great day with several thousand people on the grounds. We had spent the previous day signing pictures for our sponsors at the Central Florida Horse Expo, but unfortunately, did not have the crowds that we did at the FHP. The Park is a great venue for horse events and expos and has a very talented staff of horse people who are always ready to help. We fly out to Amarillo tomorrow to work on the announcing/color commentary staff of the CMSA for the World Championships. It's the first time in Amarillo, after moving from Las Vegas - so we're looking forward to seeing all of our old friends competing in a new venue. I'll be competing in the Florida State Championships for SASS Mounted Shooting the last weekend of the month so stay tuned for results and updates on our travels! Happy Trails from

Friday, November 14, 2008

Central FL Horse Expo/Florida Horse Park Appearances

We finished a full day of signing autographs while representing our sponsors at the Central Florida Horse Expo today. Above is a picture of me and my friend, Jon Wearly who doubles as "Maximus Wreckimus" in the great chariot race of Arabian Nights. Tomorrow, we'll be providing entertainment at the Florida Horse Park's "Mane Event", then getting ready to fly out to Amarillo TX Tuesday for the CMSA World Championships. Busy, busy, busy...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Denny Chapman wins Division Title at Florida Cowboy Mounted Shooting State Championships!

Denny won his division title at the Florida Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association State Championships while representing his sponsors, SUNCOAST BEDDING and MANE N TAIL this weekend in Marianna Fl (pics coming soon). A nationally recognized figure in Mounted Shooting, Denny won the title of SASS Eastern United States Mounted Shooting Champion earlier this year and will be adding color commentary while on the announcing staff of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Champinships in Amarillo TX later this month! Denny provides mounted shooting lessons, clinics and horse training at his facility in Ocala FL.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Denny Chapman named Suncoast marketing partner with Chris Cox, Templeton Thompson

We are very proud of the products we endorse and want to bring your attention to Mane N Tail and Suncoast Bedding. We are one of 3 equine professionals on the sponsorship program with Suncoast along with Chris Cox and Templeton Thompson (check out Look for a very special cover photo of us on several December issue horse magazines courtesy of Suncoast...Our Mane N Tail commercials continue to air during the television show on RFD-TV. Check out Mane N Tail at and click on "equine". We're getting ready to fly out to Amarillo for the Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships ( We'll be on the announcing staff for this prestigious event, being held for the first time in the hometown of the American Quarter Horse Association. There will be some live webcasts and other exciting things happening during this awesome event. Stay tuned to our website for our schedule updates!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Denny Chapman's Wild West Show at Head & Heel Ranch

Above are some pictures from a 45 minute Wild West Show we produced in Brooksville FL Saturday, Oct 18. I opened the show with a Singing Cowboy Act, and performed a Roman Riding act and a Mounted Shooting act. Deke Rivers -"The Pistolero"- performed a whip artistry act and his famous fancy gunspinning and fast draw act, as well as a comedy clown act; and our newest equine entertainment student, Keana Guerra, performed Trick Riding and a Trick Horse Act. It takes a lot of work and preparation to produce a show of this length, and it went off withouth a hitch. Everyone in the audience was on their feet at the closing of the show, which took place at the beautiful Head & Heel Ranch ( Take a moment and check out the website for this beautiful facility. It's the perfect location for a corporate group, family getaway or holiday party. A big thanks to Wayne and Debbie Benedict for hosting our entertainment crew with wonderful southern hospitality. Check out for upcoming performance dates!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Indiana Jones-Whip Cracking!

Here's a pic of Dawson Rose from Orlando, a young Indian Jones fan who visited the ranch for some whip cracking lessons with me and Deke Rivers recently. We have a feature specialty act with an Indiana Jones theme, as well as the "Surfin' Cowboy" and "Wild West" themes. Speaking of Wild West, we'll be displaying whip artistry as well as gunspinning, mounted shooting, roman riding, trick riding and trick horses this weekend during our very own Wild West Show at Head & Heel Ranch this coming Saturday!

Mounted Shooting with Denny Chapman

We're busy conducting a Mounted Shooting Boot Camp this week with some guests from Virginia. Above is a picture of me giving a mounted Shooting lesson to Tommie Turvey's wife, Karen (Jones) Turvey last year on my champion shooting horse "Spanky". (Karen and Tommie just got married in Las Vegas last week!) Saturday, we're producing and performing in a Wild West Show for Head & Heel Ranch in Brooksville FL, then getting ready to compete in the Florida Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association's State Championships in Marianna FL at the end of the month. Check out for our complete schedule!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Denny Chapman to headline Holiday with Horses!

This event benefits the Marion Country Therepeutic Riding program, as well as "Horse for Heros" - a nationwide program for wounded veterans sponsored by NARHA, North American Riding for the Handicapped Assoc. This exciting new program came to our area in 2007 when a pilot project for 5 veterans, amputees or brain injured, from Iraq and 2 other wars, climbed aboard horses at the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association. Needless to say, this was a day of bottomless fun, as well as therapy to improve the vets’ balance, coordination, and emotional well-being. This new program supplements services offered on a regular basis to children, stroke victims, and others deemed to benefit. We'll be headlining the event with some singing and a specialty act not to be missed!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Denny Chapman promotes Mane N Tail and Suncoast Bedding at SASS Mounted Shooting Competition - Williston FL

Here's a pic taken during our sponsor promotion at the SASS Mounted Shooting Competition in Williston FL Saturday, Sept. 27. I'm very proud of two of my new students, Patti Riccardo and Gloria Querox for their mounted shooting match debut's. I'll be conducting several private mounted shooting lessons and clinics, and competing in some large mounted shooting competitions in the upcoming weeks. We also have several specialty act performances on the books for public and private groups througout the Southeast United States this Fall. Keep an eye on for updated appearance schedules!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Denny Chapman's Mounted Shooting Students at the CMSA Eastern Championships

Several of Denny's mounted shooting students are competing at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association's Eastern US Championships in Tennessee this weekend. 11yo Colin Cook, 13 yo Mandy Cook and adult competitor Crystal Kornbleau are doing great already. Colin made it back to the 2nd round in the Tough Enough to wear Pink shoot last night, Mandy won 3rd overall ladies division in a preliminary shoot and also made it back to the 2nd round of the Colt Eliminator, and Crystal made it back for the Colt short-go as well! Denny will be on the announcing staff for the main match Fri-Sun, coaching his students and representing his sponsors, Suncoast Bedding and Mane N Tail. Updates and pictures coming soon!
***Update: One of Denny's newest students, Crystal Kornbleau, won the Ladies 1 class at the CMSA Eastern United States Championship and will be going home with a beautiful Montana Silversmiths championship buckle and prize money. Congratulations to Crystal and all of Denny's mounted shooting students for a great showing at one of mounted shooting's largest events!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Denny Chapman donates to Marion County Therepautic Riding Association Silent Auction

Denny Chapman's Wild West Entertainment will be donating a free lesson to be auctioned off during the Marion County Horsemen's Association meeting Sept 11 to benefit the Marion County Therepeutic Riding Association. The winner of the lesson will have a private mounted shooting or trick horse lesson with Denny and one of his famous horses! They will also receive products from Suncoast Bedding and Mane N Tail! Check out the web address above for more information and stay tuned to for schedule updates!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Denny Chapman WILD WEST ENTERTAINMENT rig with the new SUNCOAST BEDDING logos!

Here's a shot of the new Suncoast Bedding logos on our rig. As you can see, we are very proud to represent our sponsors and want everyone to know we represent them while we're on the road. Check out my priniciple sponsors' websites at and and let 'em know you saw their logos on our trailer! We are also thankful for the help from TSC-Tractor Supply Company; EasyCare, Inc - makers of Boa Boots and Easy Boots and our mounted shooting organizations: the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association ( and the Single Action Shooting Society Mounted Shooting Division ( We'll be on the road (actually flying up) to Wisconsin next week for a private clinic, then on to the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association's Eastern United States Championships in Tennessee. I'll be representing my sponsors while competing in several mounted shooting matches this Fall and will continue to train mounted shooting horses and competitors for the sport at our ranch in Ocala. We have several new students who've gotten hooked on the sport and are doing a great job preparing for competition. If you've never seen this sport, you are missing out! Cowboy Mounted Shooting is the fastest-growing equestrian sport in the country! See you down the trail...

Monday, August 4, 2008

Denny Chapman wins division at Georgia CMSA

Denny won the men's #4 division on Saturday, August 2nd in Gaineville GA competing at the Peach State Cowboy Mounted Shooting event held at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. He was there promoting his sponsors, Suncoast Bedding and Mane N Tail. Above is a photo of Denny promoting his sponsors at the SASS mounted shooting event in Ocala July 26.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Trick Riding Student!

One of my Cowboy Mounted Shooting students, Amanda Cook, is also taking Trick Riding Lessons with us! Here are a few pictures of a recent practice session on her horse "Bandit" - the same horse she uses for CMSA competitions. It won't be long before she is showcasing her new talent on the road. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on her progress!
Happy Trails,

Monday, July 14, 2008

Denny Chapman wins in New Smyrna Beach!

Denny won the Pro Class, Rifle Class and Team Jackpot (with his 13 year old mounted shooting Student Amanda Cook of Summerfield FL) while representing his sponsors SUNCOAST BEDDING and MANE N TAIL products at the Florida Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association's sanctioned competition in New Smyra Beach FL July 11-13. Above are some pics Denny and his team member, Amanda - as well as a product giveaway to two of the top winners Zack Hildebrand of GA and Florida cowgirl, Sandy Isenhour. Here's a video of Denny's winning rifle run...