The Delaware Valley University (DelVal) Equine Program is committed to the development of educated, skilled, responsible, and compassionate graduates, well-prepared to make a positive impact on the equine industry. The robust curriculum combines traditional classroom instruction with a strong emphasis on authentic, hands-on learning.
Students have access to learning opportunities unique to DelVal, such as a faculty-led study abroad course fostering global perspectives on equine care and well-being and the Orsteen James Foundation Equine Welfare and Management Internship, where students work on projects to enhance the welfare of horses on campus. Students may also compete on Hunt Seat, Dressage, or Western Equestrian Teams, or participate as members of Equine Club, Vaulting Club, or Carriage Driving Club.
Integral to the success of the Equine Program is the herd of approximately 75 horses. The horses are located at the Delaware Valley University Equestrian Center and the Sydney J. Markowitz Equine Breeding Center, where students learn the principles of responsible breeding.
Horses are usually retired performance horses which are leased or owned by DelVal. All horses receive excellent veterinary, dental, and farrier care, and the equestrian facilities are independently assessed by the British Horse Society to ensure they meet high standards for safety and horse welfare. Additionally, factors such as student skill level and workload are monitored carefully to optimize equine physical and mental well-being. When a horse is retired from teaching, if leased, the horse is returned to the owner or DelVal will work with alumni and friends of the Equine Program to identify and verify an appropriate home.
For more information on DelVal’s Equine Program, visit the DelVal profile on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Education Network here.