Teresa Pilegaard, Executive Director and Head Instructor
Co-founder, executive director, and head instructor, Teresa is passionate about inclusion for all and, of course, horses! She cares deeply about the physical, mental, and emotional independence horses stimulate and desires to provide expanded access to equines. Teresa has been around horses for most of her life, but found her true passion in adaptive riding thanks to her son's physical needs. Teresa is finishing her mentored teaching hours through PATH International's Instructor-in-Training program and is excited to continue her journey with our students! When not working for North Star, Teresa can be found at home with her family and sheep, as well as working with her 5 year old Warmblood, Winterwood. Teresa's therapeutic riding mentor is Saebra Pippoly of Hooffalls and Footfalls and is guided and trained in dressage by Tina Legno of Alivio Equestrian Academy .
Give her a call at 540-717-0121 to discuss your needs and set up a tour! She's happy to spend time answering your questions!
Erica Palmatier, Equine Manager and Instructor
Erica is a graduate of Meredith Manor's equestrian program with a certification in both training horses and teaching humans. After school, Erica completed an 8 month working student position at internationally-renowned Mountain Vista Farm before joining our team! Erica grew up with experiences in English flatwork, jumping, endurance and trails as well as Western mounted archery, barrel racing, pole bending, endurance, reining, cutting, roping, trail riding.