Meet the 2010 USDF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Friday, December 3, 2010
Jack Kimball: Southern Powerhouse
A USDF founding member, Kimball attended the inaugural USDF meeting as an official representative of the Florida Dressage Society (now known as the Alpha Dressage Association; see October’s “Club Connection” for more on Kimball and this GMO). Kimball had founded the FDS, one of USDF’s first charter group-member organizations (GMOs), in 1969, and served as its first president. With Kimball at the helm, the FDS put on the first recognized dressage show in Florida, the Southern States Dressage Championships. Kimball managed the show for seven years and is credited as one of the founders of the Florida dressage-show circuit.
A USDF Region 3 director from 1979 to 1987, Kimball worked tirelessly to promote dressage throughout the region. He helped several GMOs get off the ground, including the Arredondo Dressage Society and the Deep South Dressage and Combined Training Association. Under Kimball’s guidance and initiative, promotional and educational dressage demonstrations were held at large hunter/jumper shows.
On the national level, Kimball was a well-known American Horse Shows Association (now US Equestrian Federation) “R” dressage judge and technical delegate. He also managed shows and judged at hunter/jumper shows.
Judith Noone: Yankee Ingenuity
Noone also managed the NEDA Spring Dressage Show for many years. For 30 years, she produced the NEDA Omnibus, the dressage-show and resource bible for New England-area competitors. She organized “Judges’ Viewpoint Seminars” with the late Edgar Hotz around the country, and she served as a United States Pony Clubs board member.
Both Jack Kimball and Judith Noone were innovators whose enthusiasm and hard work have forever improved the USDF and the sport of dressage. We salute them with the 2010 USDF Lifetime Achievement Award. s
Kim Sodt is the staff liaison to the USDF Historical Recognition Committee, which reviews and champions nominations for the USDF Lifetime Achievement Award and the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame.