Head Coach and Hunt Seat Team Coach
Cory Herald Kieschnick
Cory Herald Kieschnick joined the faculty at Delaware Valley University in 2001. Before coming to DelVal, Mrs. Kieschnick trained and managed at a top hunter jumper facility in East Tennessee. She also coached and rode at many recognized competitions in the southeast. After moving to the Delaware Valley, she also worked as a professional groom for a top hunter breeding facility.
Cory is Chair of the Department of Equine Science & Management, an Assistant Professor, and has been the advisor and head coach to the DelVal hunt seat IHSA team since 2002. Her 2003-2004 hunt seat team finished 1st in the region for the first time since 1994, and Kieschnick has been repeatedly named IHSA Zone 3, Region 2 Hunt Seat Coach of the year. Her 2014 team earned fourth place at the IHSA National Championships in Harrisburg.
Cory enjoys using her knowledge of hunter seat equitation and dressage to encourage a more well-rounded, balanced rider. She has been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers and University Professors for several years and also earned the Delaware Valley College Distinguished Faculty Member Award in 2005. Kieschnick offers lessons and clinics in Balanced Equitation and Mat Pilates lessons, including those geared especially for riders.
Western Team Coach
Joanne’s equestrian experience began when she was 9 in Ambler, PA. She primarily rode pony hunters and small horses during her teenage years, showing locally in the Associated Horse Show circuit. Joanne started her western riding - originally just for recreation, not showing - during these years and also groomed and exercised horses for Grand Prix rider Debbie Stephens from 1988 - 1989.
Joanne received her B.S. in Animal Science in Equine Training from Delaware Valley University in 1994. While attending DelVal, Joanne worked at the Equestrian Center as Stable Staff, Stable Manager and as Stable Superintendent. She also was a member of the DelVal Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Hunt Seat Equestrian Team and represented DelVal at the 1993 IHSA National Horse Show at Lake Erie College and also in 1994 at Texas A&M University. She served as Secretary and Co-Captain while a member of the team.
After graduating from DelVal, Joanne began riding in the IHSA Alumni Divisions in 1998 and immediately became involved with the team again. Joanne officially has been coaching the Western Team since 2000. Under Joanne’s guidance, the DelVal Western Equestrian Team earned High Point Team in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. DelVal was also the Zone 3 Champion Team in 2005 and 2006 and the teams continued on to compete at the the IHSA National Horse Show both years. Joanne was named Western Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 for Zone 3, Region 2 in the IHSA.
Joanne competed in the IHSA Alumni Division from 1998 – 2006 in both Hunter Seat and Western Divisions and represented DelVal at the IHSA National Horse shows in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Joanne placed in the top 10 each year in each event she qualified for, the most notable being Reserve National Champion, Alumni Reining in 2001. Joanne has ridden several horses to local championships, including the 1998 Montgomery County Horse Show Grand Champion, Copper Quarter, and 1999 Reserve Grand Champion, also with Copper Quarter. Joanne competed locally on the Penn-Jersey Circuit and in AQHA shows. Joanne instructed students at Saddlebrook Equestrian Center (Skippack, PA) from 1993 to 2007.
Joanne coaches DelVal’s Western team at Red Wing Farm in Hilltown, PA. She enjoys teaching & specializes in confidence building by using positive reinforcement & teaching techniquies. She teaches English & Western Equitation / pleasure, gaming and the basics of reining.