Erin Teigen is the Executive Director of Elevation Equitation. As comfortable in the saddle as she is on a tractor, Erin is the consummate horsewoman. Combining her 25 years of equestrian experience with graduate education in the field, she earned a graduate certificate as an Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner from the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. This rigorous certificate program trained her in delivering ethical and effective mental health services with horses as stewards to optimize client goals across broad populations. As a dually-competent practitioner for human-horse interaction, Erin is educated in both human and horse behavior and learning for complementary achievements. She also has education and experience in the selection, training and management of equines for inclusion in equine-assisted work.
Erin has expertly facilitated over 8,500 hours of inclusive equestrian instruction to diverse clientele. In addition to instruction, where she focuses on individualized progression plans and mind-body integration, Erin is dedicated to training and managing equines according the evidence-based principles of equitation science to promote sound learning and welfare-enhancing strategies for horses. Erin is active in the equine-assisted field nationally and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Currently, Erin is a graduate student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she is studying towards a clinical behavioral health speciality to expand her practice to independent equine-assisted mental health sessions. She completed her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary.