Meet The Team
Take a look at the team behind our success. Collaboration between many professionals gets our horses and customers in top shape for the show ring.
Denise Vespa, Owner/Trainer
Denise, along with her talented riding instructors, trains students in saddleseat and huntseat disciplines from the beginner to the "A" circuit rider.
Denise has been training and producing champions since 1981, and her show horses compete - and win - up and down the East Coast and across the Midwest.
Customers describe Denise as passionate and self-less when it comes to the care of her animals and her customers. Most importantly- Denise creates an atmosphere of FUN! Team Vespa is full of laughs, parties, and cake! Denise's customers (under her influence) are the ones laughing the loudest and cheering the loudest at horse shows.
Sarah Maguire Compeau, Instructor
Sarah graduated from Cazenovia College in 98, with a BA in Equine Business Management. While attending Caz Sarah rode on the Varsity Hunter Seat Team under Naomi Bllumenthal. In 95 Sarah won an individual National Championship in Equitation for the college. Sarah has taught Hunter Seat lessons since 2001 and truly enjoys her job of educating riders on the flat and over fences. Sarah presently is an Associate lecturer at Cazenovia College, teaching Hunter Seat riding classes in their Equine Program and also runs and instructs their Community Riding lesson program. Sarah has worked and ridden with many wonderful Equestrians and brings her knowledge and dedication to the DVS team. Whether showing or simply improving your equitation Sarah can take you to the next level.
Rick Warner, Farrier
Farrier Rick Warner is our in-house professional. Not only does he have 40+ years of experience, he has also had the good fortune to work alongside International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame farrier Randy Luikart.
Although Rick considers Denise Vespa Stables his home base, he travels the central New York area providing farrier services to other farms. He specializes in corrective and balance shoeing for all breeds, in all disciplines.
Shauna has been a part of Team Vespa for years. She has helped many of our current amateur riders since their 10-and-under Walk Trot days. Shauna takes pride in the care of each and every horse at Vespa Stables. She will go the extra mile for their well-being, treating every horse as her own. Many customers sleep well at night because they know their horse is under Shauna's watchful eye. Thank you, Shauna, for all you do!