MHF Extreme Mustang Makover Judges
Dennis Cappel is an accomplished Trainer, Farrier, and Author with extensive experience in Mustang Makeovers. He was a 2017 EMM Top 10 Finisher in Fort Worth Texas, 2016 EMM Reserve Champion in Sedalia Missouri, and 2015 EMM Champion in St Louis. He also holds numerous titles in Colt Starting and Ranch Horse competition. Dennis’ specialty is helping students to achieve their desired results by creating a pure connection between rider and horse through the use of a Clear Mental Picture. Dennis offers a variety of training programs that allow riders to learn to use their thinking to benefit their riding and achieve their goals. For more information, reach out to Dennis at www.denniscappel.com He will be glad to hear from you.
Bobby Kerr Mustang Act: Dream more than others think practical…Expect more than others think possible.
Bobby has a career rich in western heritage that spans over 45 years. Born in Ontario, Canada, Bobby’s passion for horses and the western lifestyle led him to pursue his dreams of training and showing in Cutting, Reining, Roping and Working Cow Horse. Currently he spends most of his time on the rodeo and horse show circuit demonstrating how usable, trainable, and amazing American Mustangs are.
Career highlights include:
- Founder of Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas
- 2020 Mustang Magic Champion
- 2020 Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion
- 2019 PRCA Specialty Act of the Year
- 2019 PBR Celebrate the Cowboy Campaign
- 2018 National Day of the Cowboy, Cowboy Keeper Award
- 2017 PRCA Specialty Act of the Year
- 2016 NFR Specialty Act
- 2015 thru 2018 Nominated Top 5 PRCA Specialty Act of the year
- 2014 Mustang Million Finalist with 2 horses and appeared on Good Morning America
- 2013 IPRA National Finals Rodeo Showcase Champion
- 2012 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion and Fan Favorite
- 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Finalist & Fan Favorite
- Poncho: Bay, 14-year-old mustang gathered in Callaghan Range, Nevada to compete in the 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover. He was voted Fan Favorite with twice as many votes as anyone else! Since then, Poncho has performed across the country in hundreds of performances. He has ridden in his car on Times Square in NY City and been featured on Good Morning America.
- Trigger: Palomino, 11-year-old mustang gathered in Salt Wells, WY. He was adopted through the Mustang Heritage Foundation to compete in The Mustang Million makeover in 2013. After only 120 days training, he placed 2nd with an outstanding and unique act. Since then he has performed in hundreds of venues including rodeos and equine events. He is an extremely willing horse and does whatever is asked of him. He’s friendly and loves all the attention he is getting. His main pleasure is eating!
- Newt: Red Roan, 4-year-old mustang gathered from Devils Garden herd in the Modoc Forest, CA
- Burt: Brown border collie/kelpie cross
- Spud: Black & white Border collie/McNab cross
Ginger has been training and traveling the world performing with her equine counterparts since 2002. This Texas native has been a Mustang Magic champion as well as reserve champion and top ten competitor numerous times. She is the North American Trick Riding Open Women’s Champion along side her Mustang Million Mustang Who. She loves helping spread awareness and being an advocate for the mustangs.
Born in Queensland Australia on a small cattle farm, James’ lifelong passion for horses began when he was just six weeks old. From the family milking goat to his first pony to the first colt he started in his early teens, Dan’s hunger to learn about training and understand horse’s thinking patterns has only increased. After studying at Longreach Pastoral College, Dan began traveling the world to gain a better understanding of horses. From starting colts in Hokkaido, Japan to starting over 300 horses a year at Washpool Lodge, Australia to working cutting horses for trainer, Punk Carter, to managing horses on a cattle station in Western Australia, Dan has studied with and learned from the best of the best. Dan has successfully competed in Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Camp Drafting, Cutting, Reining and Colt Starting. Along the way James met his Quarter Horse stallion, Ari, Australian Stock Horse mare, Amelia, and Quarter Horse, Apollo, who were his first performance horses and remain part of the DDH Team today.
James has spent his entire career wowing audiences, pushing the bounds of equine entertainment, competing on an international stage, and educating horsemen and women around the world. Dan first learned about liberty training from world renowned movie horse trainer, Heath Harris. From there Dan went on to train liberty horses for television, movies, photoshoots, and entertainment including starting liberty horses for the hit show Heartland, doing stunts for The Walking Dead, and training horses for Cavalia.
James is a two time international World Champion Colt Starter, a multiple time Freestyle Reining Champion, a multi-discipline Crowd Favorite several times over and a Mustang Makeover finalist. From winning the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia Pacific in 2008 to winning the coveted Road to the Horse International Colt Starting World Championship in 2012 to winning the 2014 Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Reining Championship to representing Australia in the 2018 World Equestrian Games to competing in the 2019 Run for a Million Invitation Freestyle, the richest reining event in equine sports history, James continues to wow judges, fans, and audiences alike with his incredible training techniques, elite showmanship, and unique understanding of how horses learn.
- 2018 QH Congress Open Freestyle Reining Champion
- 2018 Australia Reining Team Member World Equestrian Games
- 2018 World Equestrian Games Selected Performer & Presenter
- 2018 Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award Winner
- 2018 Road to the Horse Competitor
- 2018 KRHA Reining Open Champion
- 2017 NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion Freestyle Reining
- 2017 QH Congress Reserve Champion Freestyle Reining
- 2017 Open Champion, Buckeye Limited Reining
- 2017 Presenter & Performer at Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event
- 2017 Freestyle Judge RRP Thoroughbred Makeover
- 2016 Ram Invitational Freestyle Reining Champion
- 2016 Ram Invitational Freestyle People’s Choice Winner
- 2016 QH Congress Reserve Champion Freestyle Reining
- 2015 Kentucky Gold Cup Reining People Choice Award
- 2014 Kentucky Gold Cup Reining Freestyle Champion
- 2014 Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Champion
- 2013 Mustang Millionaire Finalist, Top 5
- 2013 Featured on TV series “Mustang Millionaire”
- 2012 Kentucky USA – Dan begins the North American branch of Double Dan Horsemanship by setting up operations at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, KY
- 2012 Dan won the “2012 Road To The Horse” as a member of Team Australia
- 2010 Kentucky USA – World Equestrian Games – Dan Roman rode 2 Friesian horses in the opening ceremony before a worldwide crowd. Double Dan Horsemanship were also clinicians throughout the games.
- 2009 Dan & Dan relocated their training business to North Arm Cove, NSW
- 2008 Dan won the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia Pacific where his horse breaking skills were recognized as world class