Developing riders of all levels to reach their goals

Training and Lesson Program


Our training and lesson program caters to riders of all different ages and levels. Our main focus is on classical hunters, jumpers and equitation. Our four trainers operate as a team leveraging their varying strengths to meet the various needs of our riders.

Based on each rider’s goals, we strive to provide a holistic education for our horses and riders to create the most well-rounded horsemen. We start by establishing a strong foundation of flatwork and dressage work for every hunter jumper horse and then design a personalized program to ensure each horse and rider competes at the right level suited for their respective skill sets. 

We offer beginner through advanced lessons for riders ages 5 and up. Riders will be matched with the instructor that best fits their current skill level in order to offer the best progression. 
Northstar Equestrian offers our own selection of share-board and half-lease horses. These horses are available for clients who would like to take the next step but are not ready to make the transition into owning or an annual lease. To view this selection of horses please click here.
Important Lesson Information
  • Plan on coming to your lesson 10-15 minutes early so you have ample time to check in and meet your instructor and fill out required paperwork. 

  • Closed toed shoes, preferably with a small heel. No sandals. 

  • Jeans or leggings are acceptable, no shorts.  

  • Approved helmets are available for you to borrow.

  • All scheduled lessons require 24 hour cancellation notice in order to not be charged for the lesson. 

  • We only accept cash and check due at the time of lesson. 

  • Lessons starting at $55 and include the use of the lesson horse.

Contact us to set up a lesson with one of our instructors.


Our Instructors

Rachael Syzmanski

Rachel Szymanski lends her passion and knowledge to new riders or those who want to tip their toe in the world of horseback riding.  She patiently guides new riders through the riding basics, focusing on safety and groundwork to provide the proper foundation. Additionally, she leverages her background and experience in natural horsemanship to help horses advance in their training through desensitization techniques and horse/owner relationship building.

Bethany Parins

Bethany is one of Wisconsin's most talented horsewomen, with accolades and awards across the “AA” Hunter-Jumper circuit. She continually trains under Nancy J. Whitehead, who has been published as "the best in the Midwest" on both the Hunter & Jumper circuits and seeks out new opportunities with top clinicians to further refine her skills. She is also recognized as a USHJA Certified Trainer. 


Bethany brings her more than 20 years of expertise and proven training approach to riders of all ages, helping each achieve their individual and competition goals. She also specializes in bringing up horses from birth to the Grand Prix ring and working with clients to purchase and sell horses.

Kendra brings more than fifteen years of riding experience to the industry.  She has successfully competed on the A circuit in multiple riding genres from pony hunters to the Junior/Amateur jumpers. Kendra also specializes in breaking young horses, bringing them up through young jumper classes. While her core focus is on training young riders in the art of hunter and jumper disciplines, she also brings her passion and expertise to experienced riders helping them refine their techniques.

Kendra Gohr
Dove McDowell 

Dove brings over 26 years of equine experience to Greenfield Farm's coaching staff. Her experiences as a hunter jumper camp director, judge, hippo-therapy program volunteer & equine sales consultant all help her share her passion with her clients. Dove focuses on teaching foundational horsemanship & safety from working with your horse on the ground to the saddle. She is able to easily break down the principle of English riding to be understood by all ages and skill levels. Sharing her love of horses with others, Dove also prides herself on offering guidance when a rider is ready to purchase a horse to ensure a safe blending of horse & rider.