Year in and year out, Crystal Taylor has her riders posed for a shot at a national championship. She is entering her 15th year of coaching the JWU Dressage Team. The 2013 National Coach of the Year, she guided the Wildcats to the National Championship in 2012 and was Reserve National Champions in 2013 and 2004. Taylor also coached National Champion Riders in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Under her direction, Johnson & Wales has had a rider place at the National Championship each of the last seven seasons. In 2018, Maggie Dickey placed third in upper training.
She has also served on the Board for the Intercollegiate Dressage Association as the Northeast Regional Representative for the last 12 years. Coach Taylor is also a United States Dressage Federation certified instructor, she is an “L” judge, and she is has been awarded with her Bronze Medal through the USDF.
Taylor is a faculty member in the Equine Studies Department and serves as the Director of Riding at JWU. She has received her Bachelor’s degree from JWU in 1994 and Master’s from JWU in 2005 in Business Education. She is an avid dressage competitor and judges many competitions during the summer months. Coach Taylor has extensive training in dressage, hunter/jumpers, combined training, as well as training and conditioning race horses. She resides in Smithfield, RI with her husband and daughter.