Crystal Taylor

Crystal Taylor

Year in and year out, Crystal Taylor has her riders posed for a shot at the National Championship.  She is entering her 20th year of coaching the JWU Dressage Team. 

The 2013 National Coach of the Year, Taylor guided the Wildcats to the National Championship in 2012, Reserve National Championship in 2013 and Bronze place finish in 2016.  She was also inducted into the Intercollegiate Dressage Association Hall of Fame in May 2017. 

Taylor also coached National Champion Riders in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.   In 2018, she had an Upper Training level rider finish third at the National Championships.  The JWU team has also earned the title as Regional Champions multiple times, including 2019.    

In addition to her coaching duties, she also serves on the board for the Intercollegiate Dressage Association as the Northeast Regional Representative for the last 19 years.  Coach Taylor is also a United States Dressage certified instructor, is an “L” graduate with distinction from the USDF Judging program and has been awarded her Bronze Medal from the USDF.

Taylor is a faculty member/Associate Professor in the Equine Studies Department at Johnson & Wales.  She received her bachelor’s degree from JWU in 1994 in equine business management and a 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 racehorses.  She resides in Smithfield, RI with her husband and daughter.