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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

Author for numerous 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. 


Dennis Cappel
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