Compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

The Hunt Seat and Western Equestrian Team compete at Intercollegiate Horse Show Associations (IHSA) competitions throughout the school year. The equestrian team has something for all levels of riders. The hunt-seat and western teams both competed at IHSA nationals in 2014. Hunt-seat took home fourth place, while the western team finished in seventh. Other than horse showing, the team participates in A-Day, fundraising, and other community service work. The equestrian team promotes teamwork, hard work, and healthy competition in all forms. 



Congratulations DVCET Equestrian Teams!

Hunt Seat Team- 4th place at IHSA Nationals
Western Team- 7th place at IHSA Nationals 
Chelsea Koerper- Winner of Team Open Fences at IHSA Nationals

Head Coach and Hunt Seat Tea​m Coach

Cory H​erald 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 Coniglio

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 techniques.  She teaches English & Western Equitation / pleasure, gaming and the basics of reining.

Frquently Asked Questions

What is t​he IHSA?

The IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels who compete individually and as teams at regional, zone and national levels. The association was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Emphasis is on learning, sportsmanship and fun. Competition plays a role, but the students’ enthusiasm and team spirit are the major factors. The objective of IHSA competition is to offer the opportunity to riders in their first years of riding as well as to students with show experience. Eliminating the expense of shipping or even owning horses puts IHSA competitions within reach of many who would otherwise miss the equestrian experience (source:

Is showing experience n​ecessary?

No! Riders of all experience levels are welcome to tryout for the team. Riders are placed in divisions with respect to their riding and showing experience.

Can I bring my own horse?

We do not have the space to board team members’ horses on campus; however, your coach can provide you with a list of boarding facilities in the area. Another option is to consider leasing your personal horse to the college where she would be used in the Equine Studies program. Horses must be experienced both on the flat and over fences, have a quiet disposition and be serviceably sound. If you are interested in leasing your horse, you can contact the Director of Equine Studies, Angelo Telatin. Please be prepared to submit a video for review.

Do I have to be an Equine Studies major to join the team?

No! All majors are welcome to tryout for the team. We enjoy riders with different interests and different backgrounds and feel that diversity builds a stronger team.

How much does it cost to be on the team?

To join the DVCET, western and hunt seat "B" team member dues are $80 for the entire academic year (includes a team polo shirt). "A" team members pay $230 in club dues. To compete in shows, you must join the IHSA. These dues are payable to the IHSA and are $30 to join one team or $40 to join both hunt and western teams annually. Showing costs are $25 per class, and each rider will compete in a maximum of two classes per show. Each team can have a maximum of ten shows each academic year, and our region generally does have nine or ten in each discipline.

Post season and tournament showing costs will vary. Much of the cost-per-rider is determined by team fundraising efforts.

What equipment is necessary for competing?

In order to participate in hunt seat lessons, riders must have and wear an approved helmet, breeches, tall boots (paddock boots and half chaps are acceptable for lessons only) and gloves. In order to compete at hunt seat shows, riders will also need a long-sleeved show shirt with rat catcher and a show coat.  Be prepared to share your clothing with other team members.

To compete at western shows, riders will need a nice blouse, a dark pair of slacks or jeans and boots. Although it would be ideal for each western rider to also have chaps and a hat, these items can be borrowed if necessary.

We understand that these purchases can be costly; many riders may find someone else on the team who is his or her size and borrow articles of clothing for the first few shows.

At the beginning of each season, the officers and coaches will discuss appropriate showing attire, and afterwards, team members usually go shopping together!

What is the time commitment for a team member?

As well as being a team, the DVCET is also a school club. We participate in Inter-Club Council meetings, Homecoming, A Day and more. As a team (and club) member, you are expected to help out with fundraising efforts, work both our hunt seat and western hosted horse shows and work at A Day.

Attendance at meetings is required (except in extenuating circumstances). Meetings are weekly on campus (meetings will be held on Mondays in Feldman 114 at 4:30 p.m).

We are lucky that most of our horse shows are no more than one or two hours from DelVal. Horse shows are on Saturdays or Sundays and a typical day of competition goes from 6:00 a.m. until around 6:00 p.m.

"A team" members are required to work out two times per week for thirty minutes each time. 

How does the team trav​el to horse shows?

Team members travel to horse shows together. The entire team of competing riders travels to and from the horse shows together. Riders are not permitted to leave before the show is over. We travel together in the college’s Omni Bus, a school bus or in the college’s 11 passenger vans, depending on the number of riders competing and the destination.