received the 2017 U.S. Equestrian Federation Lifetime Achievement, a recognition for nearly 50 years of his leadership in the equine-industry sports as a professional rider, trainer, judge, author and horse-show manager. He started his career in 1968, and with his wife, Fran, started Young Entry Stable in Medfield and Hamilton, Massachusetts. He was the trainer for Olympic gold medalist Peter Wylde during Peter’s Junior career and his riders and horses have won championships at nearly every major hunter/jumper show in the country. His eldest daughter, Annie Dotoli, is now also a professional rider/trainer.
Joe was instrumental in forming the New England Equitation Championships in 1976, including the NEEC’s three-part horsemanship challenge, a format that has been adopted around the country. He was also a major contributor to the adoption of mandatory safety helmets and ASTM testing. For these contributions, he was awarded the USEF Distinguished Service Award in 2001.
Joe serves on the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association board of directors and is active on numerous industry committees dedicated to horse and rider safety. He and Fran have two children and three grandchildren.