Hunt Seat team earns fourth at the IHSA national championships

May 07, 2014

Hunt Seat Team

Courtesy: Chelsea Koerper '14. Fourth place team at IHSA Nationals (from left): Assistant Coach Emily Miller, Katherine Snyder '15, Allison Bienas '16, Regan Abromitis '16, Melissa Eaton '15, Jessica Katz '14, Samantha Butti '14, Olivia Gardner '16, Chelsea Koerper '14, Renee Russo '16, Head Coach Cory Kieschnick.

Delaware Valley College’s Hunt Seat Team finished fourth at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships, which were held in Harrisburg, Pa., May 1-4. This is the highest the team has ever finished. Out of 400 teams across the country, only 16 qualified for the national championships, and DelVal came in fourth out of those 16.

The College also had a top ten finisher in the prestigious Cacchione Cup competition (the top open rider from each region across the country advances to this competition). Chelsea Koerper ’14 took tenth out of the 38 qualified top open riders in the nation.

“I’m so proud of our team for placing so well at this prestigious national competition,” said Cory Kieschnick, chair of the equine science and management department  and head coach of the Hunt Seat Team. “Every member of our team contributed to this, as each rider helped advance us to the zone championships where we qualified for nationals. I appreciate each rider on our team who has worked so hard this year.”

The following DelVal students competed:

Chelsea Koerper ’14- 1st place, Team Open Fences, 10th place Cacchione Cup
Jessica Katz ’14- 10th place, Team Open Flat
Renee Russo ’16- 10th place, Team Intermediate Fences, 7th place Individual Novice Flat
Samantha Butti ’14- 4th place, Team Intermediate Flat
Allison Bienas ’16- 2nd place, Team Novice Fences
Olivia Gardner ’16- 4th place, Team Novice Flat
Melissa Eaton ’15- 4th place, Team Walk Trot Canter
Regan Abromitis ’16- 10th place, Team Walk Trot
Katherine Snyder ’15- 6th place, Individual Novice Fences

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