Board & Staff
Judith Noone (MA)
Judith Noone began running Dressage competitions in the late 1970’s and in this category, brought the first German Judges to New England and brought them to teach as well. Judith was also responsible for bringing the first CDI competitions to New England.
Judith created the first USDF Regional Championships and wrote the guidelines for that competition. She also presented Lowell Boomer with the guidelines to run and fund a head to head National Championship (that format is being used today for the Regionals).
Other accomplishments include contributing the systems layout for the "Show Biz" show management guidelines manual for USDF, assisting Regional Pony Club with a Regional Dressage Championship including awards ceremony, and managing the New England (AHSA) Dressage Championships. Judith brought the concept and ran the first 2 competitions for the USET that has become the Festival of Champions (with the wonderful Fiona Bann).
Thanks to her contribution working with AHSA to develop a format for a book of prize lists (Omnibus), 2009 marked the 30th year of producing the New England Omnibus. Judith went on to help other Regions such as Florida to produce them as well.
Her many accomplishments could go on for pages! They include:
-Worked with AHSA (now USEF) to include official classes for Juniors – Young riders and for Adult Amateurs
-Organized fund raisers (exhibitions) for the USET
-Worked to build NEDA and Dressage in New England
-Created a Junior and Young rider program for NEDA
-In 1981, Lowell Boomer appointed Judith as the National Chairperson to develop a Junior/Young Rider program for USDF
-Developed the Junior Team Championships
-Created a video Jr/Yr Educational series
-Worked with 4-H to develop a 4-H Dressage project
-Began a Dressage program and inter-collegiate competition for colleges
-Started a Jr/YR council for USDF
-Ran the pilot program and wrote guidelines for the USDF Adult Camp
-Created the format, educational materials and guide lines for the “Sit with the Judges program” - engaged Edgar Hotz to teach – set up Regional clinics and ran the series nationwide (this program became the Learner Judges program)
-Wrote the guidelines and developed “The East Coast Dressage Riders Cup” Competition
-Expanded the Equine Program for Colleges to include show management
In USDF’s 30th Anniversary special edition of the Connection, published in 2003, Judith was named in the Honor roll as one of the 20 most influential members. She received the Braley Gray award for extraordinary achievements to Dressage in 2009, and was awarded through USDF the Volunteer Of The Year Award for Region 8 in 2009.
Judith was awarded the 2010 USDF Lifetime Achievement Award and is currently lecturing annually at several Equine Colleges to encourage young professionals to continue building the industry and developing competitions. She can also be found delivering lectures on producing your own freestyles and donating the proceeds to Equine Rescue
She serves on the board of The Dressage Foundation as treasurer, and continues to serve the Dressage community nationally from within the Foundation. Judith created the State Representative group in TDF, as well as the Sustaining Partner Program.services.