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Systematic Instruction

Taking a page out of the German Equestrian Federation's book, we provide a systematic approach to our horseback riding lessons. With quality instruction our students develop as balanced riders for the good of the horse. 

North Star Students also have goals to track their progress each week.  


Qualified Instructors

Head Instructor Karen Kissler's experience spans 30+ years of riding and 20+ years of systematic training and instruction.  Karen continues to train under Britta Johnston as she pursues her FEI dreams. 

Assistant Instructor Teresa Pilegaard dreams of opening a therapeutic riding center (stay tuned!) and is pursuing her PATH Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification.  Teresa continues to clock hours training under Karen Kissler and Britta Johnston.


Comprehensive, Adaptive Education

Our students learn more than how to ride, but why we focus our horseback riding lessons on systematically riding for the well-being of the horse.  We use the German Equestrian Federation's "The Principles of Riding" as our textbook - education out of the saddle is just as important as in.  

We believe in adapting to the needs of individual riders and strive to foster a loving and supportive barn community.  Adaptive lessons are available for riders that need more support in the saddle.


Riding Lessons


Therapeutic Riding


Summer Camps


Birthday Parties


Preschool Classes


Seat Lessons


About Us

Kissler Dressage

Founded in 2011 by Karen Kissler, Kissler Dressage focuses on training the next generation of competetive riders.

North Star Stables

Founded in 2018, North Star Stables offers small group lessons for recreational riders as well as preschool classes, adaptive riding, and summer camps.

Principles of Riding

Both Kissler Dressage and North Star Stables instruct with the focus on balanced riding for the well-being of our horses.

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If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our programs, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.  We are located in Catharpin, convenient to the Northern Virginia region - Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Loudon, Prince William, and Fauquier Counties.

Kissler Dressage

12894 Livia Dr, Catharpin, VA 20143, US

(703) 606-3406


By appointment