Kissler Dressage

Kissler Dressage

5.0 (4)
11 years in business

About this pro

Karen Kissler has been teaching students and training horses since 1998. In 2011, Karen purchased her current facility and opened Kissler Dressage. The stables offer 14 stalls, 2 tack rooms, feed room, and wash stall with hot and cold water. Karen continues her riding education and is currently training and competing young horses up the levels of dressage. She is deeply dedicated to the well being of horses as seen in her care and riding of horses, and her method of teaching students.

Kissler Dressage teaches students to ride well for the benefit of the horse. Riding well creates a true connection between the rider and the horse. Kissler Dressage student learn to ride exercises that gymnastisize the horse to produce a flexible supple horse and rider. Third level school horses are available for lessons on site or student use their own horses. 

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Catharpin, VA 20143
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4 Reviews


  • Eileen Lavelle

    German training scale, thoughtful instruction grounded in riding theory.

  • Cindy Riley

    Karen provides a very positive learning atmosphere based on the principles of classical riding. She is structured and detailed and follows the guidelines of the 6 elements of "The Training Scale" . She supports strengths and recognizes weaknesses, and can correct mistakes appropriately and enables me to make progress. Karen works with all breeds and levels of riders and appreciates the unique individuality of each horse/rider. Karen has a great attitude and makes learning fun and rewarding! I highly recommend her.

  • Martha Atkins

    Karen Kissler teaches high quality riding in a clear and calm manner. We bounced around from barn to barn before landing here because I was dissatisfied with safety precautions and the knowledge of other instructors. Here, Karen guides you to the best practices for your own safety and for the safety of her horses but somehow without being overbearing. We are very happy here!

  • Kelly Kott

    I simply can’t put into words what Kissler Dressage does for the soul~ horses and riders alike! Karen is top of the line. She understands the horse and the rider and caters every lesson to the individual~ I have the utmost respect for her as a trainer, a person and a friend!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New student receive private lessons. Lessons are designed specifically for the student's needs and skill level.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Karen has been teaching students, training horses, and competing since 1998. She continues her education under international trainer Britta Johnston. Currently, Karen is competing young horses at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lesson prices are:

Private: $85

Semi Private: $75

Group: $65

Package of 4 group lessons: $255

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching by accident! Back in the 90's, at a barn where I boarded, other boarders would ask me to school their horses. Soon, the boarders started asking me to teach them. I found it very rewarding to teach a student to ride well and see the horse much happier for it.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students that are new to riding as well as students that have been riding a lifetime.

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