PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor Associate Professor of Equine Studies, Johnson & Wales University.
Erin Cardea has spent her life studying equitation and equine and equestrian science. As a junior rider, she could be found at the hunter/jumper horse shows in Maryland and Virginia and riding on Loftmar Stables’ champion equitation team.
While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Science, Cardea worked as a groom, rider, and manager for Olympic showjumper Anne Kursinski.
Since that time, she has held many positions in the industry, including U.S. Pony Club District Commissioner, riding instructor, stable manager, show organizer, equine-assisted psychotherapy instructor, trainer, professional rider, IHSA coach and owner of Orion Row Stables.
In addition to earning master’s degrees in Equine Science and Equestrian Education, she also holds the highest level of instructor certification with the Certified Horsemanship Association and conducts clinics for aspiring instructors. Cardea is currently working toward additional British Horse Society qualifications, as well as becoming a PATH (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship) instructor.
MEd, Equestrian Education, William Woods University
MS, Equine Science, The University of Edinburgh (Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies)
BS, William Woods University