Crystal Taylor

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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I have been teaching at JWU for the last 17 years and am very passionate about providing students with real-world experiences in the equine industry.”


I serve as a full-time faculty member for the Equine Studies major and coach the university’s Intercollegiate Dressage Team.

I have been actively involved in the equine industry for 30+ years. I am a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) “L” Graduate with distinction for judge training. I am also a certified riding instructor through the USDF. I have extensive experience in the hunter/jumper discipline, dressage discipline, eventing discipline, breaking and training young horses and racehorse industry.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Equine Business and masters in Business Education. I have been teaching at JWU for the last 17 years and am very passionate about educating students and providing them with real-world experiences in the equine industry.

Our curriculum engages our students with high expectations and sets them up for success in the equine industry. Our equine graduates are working all over the world in a wide range of jobs in the industry.

I continue to stay active in the industry by teaching, coaching, competing, judging and attending many workshops and conferences. Our Intercollegiate Dressage team has been National Champions.

Courses Taught

  • EQN 3040 Sport Horse Evaluation & Judging
  • EQN 3001 & EQN 3002 Methods of Riding Instruction I & II
  • EQN 3000 Foundations of Riding Theory EQN 1080 Equine Management Lab
  • EQN 2120 Second Level Dressage
  • EQN 2110 First Level Dressage
  • EQN 2210 Advanced Combined Training 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Dressage Training and Judging
  • Breaking and Training of young horses
  • Equine Behavior and Training
  • Combined Training
  • Race Horse Industry

Professional Memberships

  • United States Dressage Federation (USDF), 1995-present
  • Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA), Northeast Regional Representative, 2000-present
  • United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), 1996-present
  • National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA), 2010-present
  • New England Dressage Association (NEDA), 2000-present
  • United States Hunter Jumper Association, 2014-present