Equestrian Team

Wilson offers many opportunities for students to get involved in equestrian teams and clubs. Stay up-to-date on team standings by visiting the team results page.

Dressage Team

The Team

The purpose of the Wilson College Dressage Team is to educate all members and others interested about the discipline of dressage through riding and other activities. Currently the team competes with other colleges and universities in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA). Throughout the year, all members are able to demonstrate their newfound knowledge and skills at Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) competitions and Wilson schooling shows. The team is made up of two groups; riding and non-riding members. Riding members are chosen to compete in IDA competitions based upon their skill. Non-riding members are the back-bone of the team, supporting its members at competitions and competing in home schooling shows.


Riding members are placed into practices and competitions based upon their level of skill which is determined by the coach along with the team captain at try-outs which are held at the beginning of every academic year in the fall. Practices are designed to help develop riders’ overall dressage skill and knowledge along with preparing for Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) competitions. This includes one-hour practices once a week riding different horses. Riders will perform different dressage tests and movements during practices allowing them to broaden their base of dressage.


Throughout the year members compete in Wilson schooling shows along with Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) competitions. The Wilson College Dressage Team competes in Region C of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association against other colleges and universities including Delaware Valley College, Centenary College, Cazenovia College, Cornell University, Rutgers University and Penn State University. As a team, Wilson travels to the college or university and uses the host school’s horses chosen through a lottery-type system.

Visit the Intercollegiate Dressage Association's website for more information.


Brooke Leininger, Team Advisor
Shannon Lehman, Coach

Drill Team (IDA)

Full Drill

Full Drill is a group of eight riders that together perform drill movements at the walk and trot to music. We have three alternate riders this year that fill in when a full drill member cannot ride. We practice Friday nights at 7p.m. and perform at various open houses and other events throughout the year including Earth Day.


Quadrille is a group of four riders who perform drill movements at a walk, trot and canter to music. The movements are faster and closer than those in the full drill, and require extreme concentration and control. Quadrille is currently inactive in order to focus on rebuilding and strengthening the full drill since we have a lot of new members this year.

Drill Team Members

Karly Bowe, Coach
Nicole Malott, Co-Coach
Brooke Leininger, Team Advisor

Equine Facilitated Theraputics Club

The EFT Club (Equine Facilitated Therapeutics Club) was created to educate the students of Wilson College about the benefits of equine therapies, to build and maintain a support system for families with children with special needs, and to get the students involved in making changes to the Penn Hall Equestrian Center that will benefit all riders (therapeutic as well as non-therapeutic). Click here for more information.

Eventing Team

Eventing Team

The Eventing team is focused on educating its members about the sport of eventing. Their main side focus is to assist with the building and maintenance of cross country fences at the Equestrian Center.

The team is open to anyone who has an interest in eventing. Comradarie is a must!

New News: Wilson College's Eventing Team will be going to Rolex! (to watch the event and study the courses). Watch for photos!

Risa Hurst, Coach
Brooke Leininger, Team Advisor

For more information, check out the Eventing Team's Facebook Page.


Hunt Seat Team (IHSA)

The Wilson College IHSA Team competes with other schools and universities at hunter horse shows in flat and fences classes. It gives students the opportunity to ride horses competitively during the school year.

The Wilson College Equitation team is currently competing in IHSA, Zone 3, Region 1. They do three to five IHSA shows every semester. Wilson co-hosts one home show a semester. There is usually one representative for each class/level.

We are currently competing against Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Lebanon Valley College, Lycoming College, Millersville University and Susquehana University.

•    Caylin Walp – captain 
•    Madison Sturla – co-captain
•    Julia Tabor – points chair
•    Nicole Downey – treasurer
•    Carrie Stemple – treasurer
•    Courtney Martin – fundraising chair
•    Mikala Shushinsky - historian

This club was created to allow people who enjoy riding and competing in equitation events/ English Pleasure riding to maintain an activity about which they are passionate through their college career.

Once weekly usually on Tuesdays. We discuss performance at shows, state of the barn/horses, and relevant information such as fundraiser dates and volunteer hours. 

Club events:
We volunteer once per semester for 6 hours to help clean and maintain the Equestrian Center on campus as well as weekly practices and about 5 IHSA shows per semester. 

Campus events:
We have a table at the Activities Fair in the fall and Spring Fling Carnival.

Anyone who enjoys horses and is committed to being a part of the team may tryout and join the club as either a riding member or non-riding member. 

Western Team

Western Team

The Wilson College Western Team is an up and rising team with hopes of showing in the IHSA Western Division in the future. The team strives to produce professionally put together equitation riders and instill knowledge of western riding and horsemanship into the team.

Western Team Practice

The Western Team currently rides off campus and is not yet competing.

Contact Information

Ann O'Shallie - aoshallie@wilson.edu