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About Us

"Cappel Training and Shoeing: Building Healthy Horses and Happy Owners!"


Your Clear Mental Picture is the Key to equestrian perfection...Dennis Cappel 


At Cappel Training and Shoeing, we offer a one-of-a-kind experience to you and your horse. 


We are a family-owned business rooted in Missouri offering our customers a unique experience for over 3 decades, bridging the gap between horse and rider for their better future. We provide proven solutions for all disciplines of behavioral and soundness issues through our Training, Shoeing, and Electro-Equiscope services.

Experience what it feels like to genuinely understand your horse as you gain the knowledge and application that will lead you to your confidence as a  respected and trusted leader in your horse bond. Start developing your picture today!

Meet the Team

Dennis Cappel

Owner and Trainer

Dennis grew up on an Angus cattle farm, where his passion for livestock took deep roots. After graduating with a BS in Animal Sciences from the University of Missouri, he managed Briarwood Farms in Butler, MO, where he began his journey in horse training and shoeing.


Over the last 30 years, Dennis has produced champions in roping, cutting, and ranch versatility. His most recent accomplishments include being in the top ten finalist of the 2017 Extreme Mustang Makeover, Players Choice, in Ft. Worth, TX, 2016 Extreme Mustang Makeover Reserved Champion Sedalia, 2015 Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion St. Louis, MO, Colt Starting Challenge Winner (Iowa Equine Fair), and Heartland Horseman’s Challenge Winner (Illinois Horse Fair). Dennis was also a past president of the Missouri Ranch Horse Association.


Dennis is known for his extremely effective communication with horses and people to raise both to their highest potential. His psychology of “Ride Your Picture” guides all aspects of his training.

Accolades and Accomplishments


2008 JKC Colt Starting Champion

2008 MEC Ultimate Horseman Challenge Champion

2008 ARHA 3 yr old Horse Challenge Champion

2010 ARHA World Reserve World Champion Versatitlity Ranch Horse

2015 Extreme Mustang Makeover St. Louis Champion

2015 ILL. Horse Fair Heartland's Horseman Challenge Champion

2016 Iowa Horse Fair Colt Starting Champion

2016 Extreme Mustang Makeover Reserved Champion, Sedalia, MO

2017 Extreme Mustang Makeover Players Choice top 10 Finalist, Fort Worth 

Extreme Makeover Judge 

Past President of MORHA, Missouri Ranch Horse Association

Editorial Contributor for various Equine/Equestrian Magazines:

Working Horse & Hoofprints

Performance horse and Central States Horseman magazines


Author of several books Seen on St. Louis Today show.

Guest on  the Randy Tobler Talk show among other radio stations such as  the one in Warrenton WKR something 


His history of cattle showing is  extensive growing up and in his early 20's  if you feel that makes a difference. 

Cindy Cappel

Tech Lead


Cindy is a teacher, author, and life coach. She joins Dennis in their equine programs and strengthens the team with her ability to empower people and encourage believing in one’s self. Cindy listens intently and poses creative questions to guide individuals in self-reflection that will result in clearer understanding of themselves and renewed understating about their worth. She delightfully draws her clients to a place of hope, love, and self-acceptance as she lays the blueprint for creating a new way of life.




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