Crystal Taylor

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2000

Associate Professor Crystal Taylor

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

Taylor has been actively involved in the equine industry for more than 30 years. She 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.


  • M.A., Business Education, Johnson & Wales University
  • B.S., Equine Business Mgmt/Riding, Johnson & Wales University
  • A.S., Equine Mgmt/Production, SUNY Morrisville

I have been teaching at JWU for the last 20 years and am very passionate about providing students with real-world experiences in the equine industry.

Scholarly Interests

Dressage Training and Judging
Breaking and Training of Young Horses
Equine Behavior and Training
Combined Training
Race Horse Industry


  • 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

Professional Affiliations

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