Meet our wonderful instructors at SNF!
Danielle DiIenno is Second Nature Farm's hunter/jumper/equitation trainer. Danielle began riding at the age of 7 with Betsy Morret of Hollyhurst Farm in Carlisle, PA, where she trained until she went onto Millersville University for college. At Millersville, Danielle joined the school's IHSA team, where she rode at the open level and served as president and captain. In January 2014, she joined the SNF team, creating a large, successful hunter program. She also began an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team, which quickly established itself as a force at the regional, zone, and national levels. In 2020, Danielle expanded SNF's popular hunter program to the farm's second location, SNF Homeville. There, she focuses on instilling a strong foundation of basics and correct horsemanship and equitation in riders of all ages and skill levels. She is an active rider herself and enjoys bringing along young horses, as well. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her two Great Danes, Vera, and Violet.
Melanie Delduco is 22 years old and grew up at SNF. She is graduating from West Chester University with dual majors in Business Management and Marketing. She is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist. Dressage has always been her discipline of choice as she has been competing recognized since she was 12 years old. Melanie attended Lendon Grey’s Winter Intensive Training Program in 2015 in Wellington and went back down the following year with her current trainer Tim Mellott. She has competed in the YRs in Dressage at Devon CDI, won multiple divisions at finals, and won 5 gold medals at Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival in the past 4 years. She plans to compete in the U25 Grand Prix for the next 3 years on her horses Diozar and Sangria with hopes to qualify for the Festival of Champions. Melanie is new to teaching but has a wealth of knowledge to share and can give great insight on JR/YR events.
Mary Hilbert grew up riding horses in her backyard in New Hope, PA and has retained her love of the sport to this day. She received her degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences from Penn State in 2003, then went on to begin volunteering at a therapeutic riding center in Maryland in 2005. Inspired by this line of work, Mary began teaching therapeutic riding lessons, then obtained her Therapeutic Riding Instructor's Certification from both PATH International and Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Inc. in 2009. In 2013, Mary joined the Second Nature Farm team. She is a gifted instructor with creative ways of explaining things, innovative ideas, and a finely tuned understanding of the mechanics of the human body. Mary is the proud owner of a 15-year-old Holsteiner mare named Tessa, whom she actively competes in dressage, as well. Among Mary's proudest accomplishments is competing and placing at the CBLM Championships with Tessa.