I teach a lot of the equine science classes — nutrition, diseases, physiology, therapy for the horses. I love that the 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 of a bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Science, Erin worked as a groom, rider, and manager for Olympic show jumper, Anne Kursinski.

Since that time, she has held many positions in the industry including US 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. Erin is currently working toward additional British Horse Society qualifications, as well as becoming a PATH (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship) 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 + sports therapy

Sample Courses

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

Professional Memberships

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