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Press Release Date:  February 28, 2005
Contact:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,

          LEXINGTON, KY (February 28, 2005) Trick and fancy riding, whip cracking, trick roping and fancy gun handling are all part of the entertainment on hand for audiences in a new show being developed at the Kentucky Horse Park. 

          Denny Chapman is the choreographer of the park’s new Best of the West show which will take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 12:30 pm beginning this spring.  Along with his super talented, trusty equine partners Spanky, Dusty and Charlie (all American Quarter Horses), and occasional special guests, Chapman will thrill park audiences with professional horseback stunts.  He and his horses fly together through hoops of fire, perform cowboy mounted shooting exhibitions, Roman riding and fancy ranch horse maneuvers.

          “These horses are like family members to me,” said Chapman. “Their training is based on a relationship of trust between them and me.  I use positive reinforcement to encourage their natural behaviors and treat them with utmost respect.  In return, they are willing to perform some pretty wild stunts that are a lot of fun for the audience.  I admit they’re a bit spoiled, but they earn it.”

          A member of the famed Old Timers Rodeo and Wild West Performers Club and the prestigious Wild West Arts Club in Las Vegas, Chapman produces and performs in the Kentucky Horse Park’s renowned Parade of Breeds show.  He is an active competitor in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, the World Foundation Quarter Horse Association and the United States Team Roping Championships.

          John Nicholson, Executive Director for the park observed, “Denny can get his horses to joyfully carry out his directions in a way that most of us wish our kids and dogs would respond to us.  These horses are obedient, well trained, professional, willing athletes, who enjoy their jobs and look for Denny’s direction and the audiences’ appreciative applause.  This show is going to be a big hit with our park visitors.”  He continued, “Thanks to a lot of patience and hard work, the horses have jobs that they love and the audience loves them.”

          For more information, contact Denny Chapman at 859-233-4303 or  You can also see great photos of Denny and his horses at

          New Season Schedule:  From March 15-October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes the Best of the West show and the American Saddlebred Museum.


          The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003.  The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington.  The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.



Last updated: Monday, February 28, 2005