Who's Who: Tom Noone

The first time Tom Noone watched a Grand Prix dressage test he was just seven years old, but he decided then and there that this was his sport and he wanted to ride at that level. The show was Judith Noone's South Shore Dressage in Marshfield, Massachusetts, one of the biggest dressage shows in the U.S. in the 1970s. The rider was Gunnar Ostergaard on the black stallion Electron. "I found it so exciting and captivating," recalls Tom. "I wanted to be that good. I thought it was so beautiful."

In the 23 years since Tom made that decision, he has trained 10 horses to Grand Prix. Along the way, he has accumulated a long list of wins and national honors at many levels, and earned his USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. He decided when he was nine years old that he wanted to compete in the Olympic Games, and he rides towards that end every day. Tom is a member of the United States Equestrian Team and represented the U.S. at the 2001 World Cup held in Aarhus, Denmark. He was one of the top 12 riders nationally to qualify for the Selection Trials for the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain.

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