CV Dressage: Expertise Based on Experience

CV Dressage stands out from the rest with our many years of experience in the industry and a caring, highly professional approach. The breadth of our knowledge and services we offer are sure to please even the most discerning of customers.

About Courtney

Courtney Vesel


Courtney is the East Coast Sales Director of Takt Saddlery, is certified by the American Riding Instructors Association in Level III Dressage and Level II Stable Management, is a Level III Certified PEMF Instructor, and is an apprentice with the Society of Master Saddlers. She has consistently schooled up to Prix St. George and has schooled the Grand Prix, as well as completely starting several young horses and training them from the ground up. Courtney has a passion for biomechanics and is very interested in how the horse and riders body work together to form a harmonious pair. Courtney is entralled with the connection between biomechanics, PEMF Therapy, and saddle fitting, so is happy to bring the this much needed knowledge to the North Carolina/Virginia area. The therapeutic properties of PEMF as well as the fantastic balance and quality of the Takt saddles all help the horses use their body effectively. Courtney has trained under Lizzy Kramer, Lisa Moosmueller- Terry, Heather McCloud, Kendra Kent, Susan Cooper, Eliza Sydnor, Fie Anderson, Wanja Gerlach, Rebecca Nelles, and Dawn Weniger. She has ridden in and audited clinics by Cesar Parra, Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, David Collins, Kay Meredith, Henk Van Bergen, Todd Flettrich, Suzanne Von Dietze, Bernie Traurig, Michael Poulin, Jeremey Steinberg, and Lars Petersen. 


Courtney is currently sponsored by Takt Saddlery and HALO. 


Takt Saddlery brings unparelled quality and design to the saddle industry and offers exceptional customer service to their customers. My horses LOVE how these saddles fit, I've never seen them move better! 

The HALO array of supplements is a necessary part of her horses nutrition. Halo is an oral, liquid form of hyaluronic acid (HA), MELO is a calming supplement that increases seratonin, POLO is a gut health supplement, and XOLO is a combination supplemetn meant to help gastric health, includes HA, and boosts immune function.


I am honored to have the support of these companies and individuals. Contact me today if you're interested in any of our services. 




2021 USDF Hanoverian Reserve Horse of the Year 3 year old Colts/Geldings

2021 Dressage at Devon- Top 10 in 2 classes and top 5 in one class in the 3 year old Colt/Gelding division and Hanoverian breed class

2017 CBLM Championships for Third Level Division A-4th place 

USDF Bronze Medal

NCDCTA 70s club on several horses

2016 Qualified Diesel for the 4-5 Year Old Gelding/Stallion Materiale Championships at Dressage at Devon

2014 IDA Nationals- Virginia Intermont College- Champion 

2014 IDA Nationals- Representing Virginia Intermont College at First Level- Team day Individual Champion 

2014 IDA Region H Dressage Seat Equitation First Level Champion

2013 IDA Nationals- Virginia Intermont College- 5th place

2013 IDA Nationals-Representing Virginia Intermont College at Upper Training Level- Team day Individual Champion

2013 IDA Region H Dressage Seat Equitation Upper Training Level Champion

2010 USDF Rider Performance Award in Training Level 

2010 NCDCTA Horse of the Year First Level Jr/Yr 3rd place-Easy Street

2009 NCDCTA Horse of the Year Training Level Jr/Yr Champion-Easy Street




BS in Equine Studies from Virginia Intermont College

Minored in Business Administration

ARIA Certified in Level III Dressage

ARIA Certified in Level II  Stable Management

USDF Bronze Medal

Level I/II/III Certified Pulse Practitioner (PEMF) 

Apprentice in the Society of Master Saddlers program

Our Horses

Expresso is the newest addition to the family welcomed in 2020! He is a 2018 Hanoverian gelding by Expression. He has been a pleasure to start, and has a fantastic personality. Very sweet, very in your pocket, wants to please. All of the power is there as he learns to control it going up the levels on our journey to Grand Prix!! He will yell at me for his alfalfa and loves his friends. 

Hugo is the CV Dressage schoolmaster. A 1998 model, Hugo is a 16.2 Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding. He is extremely sweet and loving retirement. His background includes showing the 3' hunters and winning several NCDCTA Horse of the Year titles for Training and First level dressage. Courtney trained him to a solid second level, schooling most of the 3rd level work, until his transition to schoolmaster. He taught many riders to fine tune their aids, improve their lateral work, work on their postion, and learn to canter.  His favorite treats include honey wheat twisted pretzels, carrots, and sour patch kids!  He loves his occasional trail rides and swimming. He welcomes treats and scratches when you walk by his stall! Hugo is currently retired in Florida. 



Jack was Courtneys competition mount. He was a Friesian/Arabian cross, which means he was adorable and a complete powerhouse! He loved his tempi changes and offers them any chance he can get. He was also a garbage can-he would eat anything he can get his lips on. They are showed 3rd level in the fall of 2017 and they intended to show to PSG in 2018 before his injury.


Rest easy buddy.... June 20, 2010-August 12, 2019 

Our Team

Courtney is proud to have veterinarian Dr. Lynn Gomes, farrier Joey Hite and Takt Saddlery as part of the CV Dressage team! They all bring years of experience, professionalism,  dedication, pride in what they do, and lots of horse sense to the table to make sure the horse is always performing at their best and feeling great!

Contact Us

Courtney Vesel

Call us at +1 (919) 607-1883 or use our contact form.


Located in Durham, NC and serving the horses anywhere that we are requested! Virginia trips scheduled every 2-4 months. 


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