Crystal Taylor

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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Associate Professor Crystal Taylor
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.”


Crystal Taylor serves as a full-time faculty member for the Equine Studies major and coaches the JWU’s Intercollegiate Dressage Team.

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

Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in Equine Business and master's degree in Business Education. She has been teaching at JWU for the last 17 years and is very passionate about educating students and providing them with real-world experiences in the equine industry.

According to Taylor, JWU's equine curriculum engages students with high expectations and sets them up for success in the equine industry. Equine graduates are working all over the world in a wide range of jobs in the industry.

Taylor continues to stay active in the industry by teaching, coaching, competing, judging and attending many workshops and conferences. JWU's Intercollegiate Dressage team has even been national champions.

Courses Taught

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

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