Erin Strader grew up riding in Michigan where, as a high school student, she happened upon an eventing trainer and became hooked on the sport. While studying at Hope College in Michigan, Erin continued riding as a working student, and in 2013, she competed in the CCI2* Young Rider division of the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (now the North American Youth Championships), finishing with a team silver medal and fifth individually. After completing her bachelor’s degree in education, Erin began working as a barn manager and trainer at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center. There, Erin rode more than 80 OTTBs, helping them to find their next careers after racing.
Erin’s current mount is an Irish Sport Horse mare, Live and Learn, and after joining the Phillip Dutton Eventing team in 2021 as the head rider, Erin and “Livey” made the move up to Advanced, competing in their first CCI4* at Morven Park in August 2021.