Located near the Manassas Battlefield in beautiful Catharpin, VA our facility boasts a covered arena for all-weather riding. Services are available to riders of all ages (3+) and ambitions, able-bodied, and differently-abled.
Our #1 priority is the safety of everyone and every horse that walks through our "doors". Horses are large domesticated wild animals with instincts. While our horses are specifically selected, trained, and exercised for the role they fill, no horse is 100% "bombproof". Our safety procedures are implemented to create a safe and stress-free environment for our horses which, in turn, provides a safe and fun environment for our guests. Our staff is well-trained to facilitate quality, safe interaction between horse and visitor.
Stay tuned for our center accreditation through PATH Intl, an added jewel to our safety-focused facility.
Taking a page out of the German Equestrian Federation's book, our students learn more than how to ride. Students focus on balanced horseback riding through systematic instruction for the well-being of the horse.
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 is in the final stages of her PATH Intl. Riding Instructor certification. Teresa continues to clock hours training under Karen and her certified mentor.
We believe in adapting to the needs of individual riders and strive to foster a loving and supportive barn community as well as positive relationships with the community at large. We are a non-profit in progress that caters to people of various abilities. We believe in the healing power of horses and offer adaptive and therapeutic riding programs in addition to our riding lessons.
Our mission is to offer a holistic approach to riding lessons and equine-assisted activities and therapies for the physical, emotional, and mental welfare of both people and horses. For more information, click here.
Founded in 2011 by Karen Kissler, Kissler Dressage focuses on training the next generation of competetive riders.
Founded in 2018, North Star Stables offers small group lessons for recreational riders as well as preschool classes, adaptive riding, and summer camps.
Both Kissler Dressage and North Star Stables instruct with the focus on balanced riding for the well-being of our horses.
We highly encourage prospective students to schedule a visit - meet the horses, tour the facility, watch an lesson, and ask us lots of questions!
We are located in Catharpin, across from the Manassas Battlefield, convenient to the Northern Virginia region - Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Loudon, Prince William, and Fauquier Counties.
12894 Livia Dr, Catharpin, VA 20143, US