Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ocala Christmas Parade

We're very lucky to have some great companies beind us - and last night we represented Suncoast Bedding in the 2010 Ocala FL Christmas Parade. We Roman Rode the entire 4-mile route! Hope everyone has a great Christmas!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Denny Chapman featured on Shooting it Straight Radio Show

I had a great time on the Shooting it Straight radio show last night! Here's the podcast link:
We promoted mounted shooting, my sponsors and our mounted shooting lesson, clinic and horse training program. The producers said they've never had so many calls and e-mails on one show! We've been invited back and plan to spend more time on the air with this awesome shooting sports program - Thanks, Joe and Wyndel, for a great show!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Denny Chapman earns dual titles at SASS Florida State Mounted Shooting Championships

Denny Chapman won the titles of Mounted Rifle Shooting Champion and Extreme Mounted Shooting Champion at the Florida SASS Mounted Shooting State Championships held at Canterbury Showplace Arena, November 20-21, in Newberry FL. Mounted Rifle competition is a timed-event consisting of shooting five targets with a single action revolver, then shooting five targets with a rifle from horseback on the run - often turning the horse loose and steering with seat and legs only for the rifle portion of the course. Extreme Mounted Shooting involves shooting ten targets with two single action revolvers while jumping a course and negotiating unusual obstacles. Denny is a mounted shooting horse trainer and clinician, and mentioned that at least 14 of the 63 competitors at the event had either trained with him, sent horses to him for training or attended one of his mounted shooting clinics. "I was very proud of my students and the horses I've worked with at the State Championships this weekend," Chapman said, "It was the first sanctioned match for a few of them and they all made me very proud." Chapman promoted his sponsors at the awards ceremony Sunday, giving away products from several of his sponsors, including Pennfield Feeds, Larsen Farms Hay, Mane N Tail and Suncoast Bedding. "I've got all the best products to give me and my horses the edge we need to stay on top of our game," Chapman said. He recently added Buckaroo Leather Products to his growing line of sponsors, and is on the Taylor's & Co Firearms Pro-Staff having co-designed "Runnin' Comanchero" mounted shooting rifle he used to win his championship title with this weekend. He also endorses Rod Kibler gun leather and Impact Gel Saddle Pads. Denny Chapman is a Champion Mounted Shooting Competitor and Horse Trainer, Wild West Entertainer and Professional Media Host. Learn more about Denny at

Monday, October 25, 2010

Denny Chapman - CMSA World Championships and Western Shooting Horse

I had a great time while on the staff of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association's World Championship Announcing and Color Commentary staff last week in Amarillo TX. Congrats to all the competitors, and to Overall World Champions Chad Little and Melissa Dragoo!
We'll have some videos up soon from this event - in the mean time, enjoy the pics and Happy Trails!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Denny Chapman - Mounted Shooting

We had a great time representing our sponsors at the Georgia State CMSA Championships over the weekend, finishing in the top 10 (6th overall), and 2nd in the Men's Level 5 Division. I'll be announcing and providing color commentary at the CMSA World Championships in Amarillo TX October 20-23 and conducting a mounted shooting clinic in Tampa FL next month - as well as competing in the Florida SASS State Mounted Shooting Championships in November! The video clip is on of the six stages shot over the two-day match (we shot clean all six stages!).

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Denny featured in Dances with Horses - Waterloo IA

We had a great time headlining the "Dances with Horses" show in Waterloo IA Saturday night. We made 3 appearances during the 2-hour program. Our assistance trainer/performer, Stephanie Cons, was the feature Roman Rider in our Surfin' Cowboy specialty act and did a great job entertaining the McElroy Auditorium audience! We'll be in Amarillo TX on the announcing/color commentary staff at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Championships next month!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mounted Shooting - Grand Slam Weekend for Denny!

Denny shot six clean and fast stages at the SASS Mounted Shooting match yesterday in Ocala, FL, winning Men's Level 5 Division, Mounted Rifle Shooting Match, Men's Overall and Match Overall! "I have to give a lot of credit to my sponsors for keeping me and my horses on top of our game," Denny said, "I've got the best mounted shooting equipment, feed and equine products on the market." Denny is a CMSA and SASS mounted shooting competitor, horse trainer and clinician, and was recently in the cast of History's "Top Shot" television series. Denny is also a professional media host and announcer and provides specialty acts and entertainment for media and sporting events, rodeos and fairs around the country. Check out Denny's website for his complete schedule and sponsor info:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Denny Chapman and the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association

Denny has several new and exciting developments regarding his relationship with the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). He has recently been named to the CMSA Rifle Committee and has earned his CMSA Rangemaster Certification. In addition, Denny will be on the announcing/color commentary staff of the 2010 CMSA World Championships in Amarillo! Denny continues is an active competitor in mounted shooting and sponsored by Taylor's & Co Firearms, Rod Kibler Custom Saddlery, Suncoast Bedding, Mane N Tail products, Larsen Farms, and Pennfield Feeds.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Top Shot, Mounted Shooting...

Wow - It's been a whirlwind since the first Top Shot episode aired...I've had countless radio, newspaper and magazine interviews, promo appearances and casting calls! The latest episode (#5) is coming up on July 11! Thanks for all the calls, e-mails and Facebook requests! I'm continuing our Mounted Shooting Horse Training Program, along with private ms shooting lessons/clinics and have another CMSA competition July 17-18. We won the mounted rifle shooting class at our last SASS Mounted Shooting Competition, and now will be shooting the new Taylor's Runnin' Comanchero rifle! This is the dedicated mounted shooting rifle Deke Rivers and I designed for Taylor's based on the '73 Winchester replica and it's AWESOME! Check out our complete promo, entertainment and competition schedule at and join our Facebook page for additional photos, video and information about our recent activities!
Happy Trails!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Denny Chapman on History Channel's "Top Shot"

The first "Top Shot" episode aired last night on the History Channel - thanks for all the calls and e-mails! You can watch the first episode online here: Next week, we'll be watching with our fan club at Horse and Hound retaurant and pub on Silver Springs Blvd in Ocala, FL.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Here's a new video of me produced by the History Channel:
"Top Shot" premiers Sunday, June 6 at 10pm Eastern - hope you enjoy the show!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mounted Shooting Lessons/Training - Denny Chapman

I've had the pleasure to be of service to a new client, Freddy Nanjaro, who is getting into Mounted Shooting. Freddy sent his mare, GiGi, to me for mounted shooting training and has had a couple of personal lessons with me so far. Look out Level 1 Cowboys! Also a big thanks to Patti Johnson for taking lessons and sending horses for training. We love this sport and are thankful for our clients!

Six more days 'till History Channel's "Top Shot"!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mounted Shooting - horse training videos with Denny Chapman

I've had countless requests of level 1/beginner mounted shooters to repost some videos of our mounted shooting horse training process. Here are five videos of me working with five different horses - from the first introduction to noise with bullwhips and our custom 1/4 - load training blanks, to galloping a shooting course with full-power competition loads. It is very important to keep your horse slow the first year, seasoning him right and letting him build confidence to go faster later without spooking or getting too "hot" as you gain the ability to shoot and run faster in higher levels. Shoot out to the sides, at the "3 o'clock" and "9 o'clock" positions or slightly behind the horse in the beginning. As a level 1 competitor, it's rarely necessary to go faster than an easy lope to be successful - and you're building an important foundation of confidence in your new mounted shooting horse that will pay off for years to come...

Desensitize them to the noise, building their confidence for a good foundation ("Gigi"):

Start them at the walk ("Jack"):

Work up to a trot ("Casey"):

Season your shooting horse easy and quiet at a lope ("Forrest"):

Step it up when the time is right ("Spanky"):

Happy Trails,

Friday, May 21, 2010

Denny Chapman on History Channel show...

I can't discuss too many details, but I've been told I can finally announce some cool news - I'm on a new show coming up on the History Channel! It's called "Top Shot" and will premier June 6 at 10pm Eastern. Here's a link to a promo commercial: There will be 10 episodes airing Sunday nights on History!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wild West Entertainment performs for Hands and Hearts for Horses

Here are some photos from our performance in Pavo GA last weekend. This wonderful event raised funds for the therapeutic riding program, Hands and Hearts for Horses. Our apprentice performer/trainer, Stephanie Cons, and I performed a tandem ride and drive, roman riding, fire jumping as well as trick horse and mounted shooting clinics. Next weekend, we'll be representing our sponsors while competing in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association event in Marianna FL. Wayne Williams will be interviewing us for his show, Speaking of Horses, the following week - then we'll be announcing the FJRA Rodeo Finals in Ocala. We've been training mounted shooting horses and conducting lessons/clinics between appearances - Lot's going on at Wild West Entertainment!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Denny Chapman at the 2010 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association National Championships

Denny Chapman is back on the road promoting his sponsors at the CMSA Nationals in Tunica MS April 11-17. "It's a pleasure for me to represent some really great companies while I'm here," Chapman said. "The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association members are some of the greatest horsemen in the country and I'm proud to be among them." Chapman, a CMSA level 5 pro-class competitor, horse trainer and mounted shooting announcer, attends dozens of mounted shooting events every year. "This is by far my favorite equine sport and allows me to satisfy my love for shooting as well." For more information about the sport of mounted shooting, log on to Denny's complete schedule is online at

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pics from the Central Florida Fair - Taylor's & Co "Runnin' Iron Shootout"

Here are a few pics from our mounted shooting event at the Central Florida Fair. Check out this link for a press-release published by Western Shooting Horse Magazine:
Our 2010 calendar is filling up fast with Mounted Shooting Competitions, Announcing and Specialty Act Performances as well as horse training projects - go to for our complete schedule!

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Videos from the SHOT Show!

Here are a couple of new videos from Western Shooting Horse TV from the 2010 SHOT Show in Las Vegas where I was promoting Taylor's & Company's new mounted shooting guns:
You can see more of my interviews and videos on, click on "Western Shooting Horse TV" and tab down to the interviews from the 2009 World Championships. I've also got a couple of videos on the "community" video page.
Heading to the Central Florida Fair in Orlando this weekend to perform and host the "Runnin' Iron Shootout" mounted shooting event!
Happy Trails!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Howdy all! Just got back from some business in L.A. and shot the SASS Eastern National Mounted Shooting Championships last Saturday and Sunday (after flying all day and getting to bed at 3am Sat morning) - finished 3rd overall! Two of my students did exceptionally well - Jerry Jacobs won his class of SR M3 and Rifle, and Geoff Goldstein won M5 and overall! Congratulations, cowboys!
I'll be emcee'ing the MTRA (Marion Therapeutic Riding Association) "Symphony of Horses" in Ocala this weekend, then performing at the Central Florida Fair in Orlando March 4-6 as well as hosting the "Taylor's Runnin' Iron Shootout"; a 2-stage mounted shooting event with 20 of the best mounted shooters in Florida competing for guns donated by Taylor's & Co Firearms (! We're also planning to compete in the CMSA Florida State Mounted Shooting Championships March 13-14 in Newberry FL. 2010 has been a great year so far for us, with entertainment and/or mounted shooting events nearly every weekend! Gotta thank my awesome sponsors for all their support:
Suncoast Bedding
Mane N Tail
Taylor's & Company Firearms
Impact Gel Saddle Pads
and Rod Kibler Saddlery
Check back often for updates and news from our events. Our schedule is posted at
Happy Trails!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CMSA Atlantic Coast Classic

Denny finshed four days of announcing and color commentary at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Atlantic Coast Classic in Jacksonville, FL, last weekend. In addition, he competed in and won the open class Mounted Rifle Shooting jackpot by winning the preliminaries on Thursday. "It's a great feeling knowing I've got the best equipment available for this sport and some great companies backing me while I'm on the road," Chapman said. Denny is sponsored by Taylor's & Co Firearms, Suncoast Bedding, Mane N Tail products, Impact Gel Saddle Pads and Rod Kibler Saddlery. Next weekend, Denny will be competing in the SASS Eastern National Mounted Shooting Championships!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Denny Chapman at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas

We just returned from Las Vegas where we represented our Firearms sponsor, Taylor's & Company, at the SHOT Show - the international shooting, hunting and outdoors trade show. We also hosted some video interviews for Western Shooting Horse TV while we were there. I've attached several pics of me with some of my cowboy and shooting industry friends and acquaintences, including champion mounted shooting cowgirls Andra Olsen and Melissa Dragoo, actor Peter Sherayko, Extreme Cowboy Association administrator and CMSA Hall of Famer Frank Turben, Firarms Historian and CMSA board member Phil Spangenburger, several SASS Wild Bunch Founders and "The Gunny" - actor and television host R. Lee Ermey. My good friend, Deke Rivers - "The Pistolero" was also there with me entertaining the media with his fancy gun handling skills. We had a great time at the SHOT Show and are very thankful for our firearms sponsors, Sue Hawkins and Tammy Loy of Taylor's & Company - "Keeping the Legend Alive!"