Erin has had a fascination with horses for as long as she can remember. Growing up horseless but next door to a ranch in Colorado encouraged her to finally get into the horse world for good as a college student. She dreamed of veterinary school from about the age of 4 onwards, but high school chemistry scared her into pursuing a degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado instead. After volunteering at Colorado Horse Rescue for several months, she decided to try again for her childhood dream and enrolled in Colorado State University's Equine Science program in 1996. After finishing her second bachelor's degree there, Erin entered into a graduate program in Equine Nutrition instead of going to vet school.
Erin's research at CSU was aimed at investigating the effects of rapid growth on bone development in weanling horses. Upon completion of her MS degree at CSU in 2001, she took at job at the University of Maryland as the coordinator for their Equine Business Management Program at the Institute of Applied Agriculture. She stayed there until 2011, teaching yearly courses on Equine Nutrition, Equine Reproduction, Equine Behavior, Pasture Management/Hay Production, Equine Health Management and Agricultural Marketing. Erin was also an Extension Horse Specialist for 8 years, coordinating the seminar series at the Horse World Expo among other outreach activities. Erin was the Vice Chair of the Maryland Horse Industry Board where she was the representative for the Equine Academic Community. Her term with the MHIB ended in 2015. Erin left the University in June 2011 to pursue working with the Retired Racehorse Project and to become the Business Manager for Dodon Farm.