Erin Cardea

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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Assistant Professor Erin Cardea
I love that the equine students are so eager to learn — you know they come here with one major in mind.


Erin Cardea has spent her life studying equitation and equine and equestrian science. As a junior rider, she could be found at the hunter/jumper horse shows in Maryland and Virginia and riding on Loftmar Stables’ champion equitation team.

While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Science, Cardea worked as a groomer, rider and manager for Olympic show jumper Anne Kursinski.

Since that time, she has held many positions in the industry, including U.S. Pony Club District commissioner, riding instructor, stable manager, show organizer, equine assisted psychotherapy instructor, trainer, professional rider, IHSA coach and owner of Orion Row Stables.

In addition to earning master’s degrees in Equine Science and Equestrian Education, she also holds the highest level of instructor certification with the Certified Horsemanship Association and conducts clinics for aspiring instructors. Cardea is currently working toward additional British Horse Society qualifications and is a Certified PATH International (Professional Association for Therapeutic Riding) Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor.

Sharing her knowledge, experience and skills with future industry professionals has long been a passion and being able to do so at Johnson & Wales is an honor.

Areas of Expertise

  • Dressage Training
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Diseases
  • Equine Physiology and Sports Therapy
  • Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

Sample Courses

  • EQN 1010: Equine Physiology & Sports Therapy
  • EQN 1020: Equine Anatomy & Lameness
  • EQN 1150: Introduction to Dressage
  • EQN 1210: Intermediate Combined Training I
  • EQN 1310: Fundamentals of Hunter Seat Equitation
  • EQN 2000: Equine Diseases
  • EQN 2010: Equine Nutrition
  • EQN 2320: Hunter Seat Equitation Novice
  • EQN 3010: Equine Reproduction & Genetics
  • EQN 3280: Introduction to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies
  • EQN 3330: Hunter Seat Equitation Intermediate 

Professional Memberships

  • United States Equestrian Federation, 1996-present
  • Certified Horsemanship Association, 2013-present, Clinic Instructor
  • Certified Horsemanship Association, 2013-present, Site Visitor (for accreditation)
  • British Horse Society, 2014-present, PTT and Stage 2 Member
  • PATH International, 2016-present, Instructor in Training