J.T. Tallon. Photo courtesy of Sue Tallon
Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and later moved to Lexington, Virginia, J.T. Tallon coached the Southern Seminary and Randolph Macon Women’s College teams. With his leadership, he held the longest winning streak in IHSA history. As an assistant coach for Southern Seminary, the team won for four back-to-back national championships and, as the head coach and equestrian director for Southern Seminary, won the team title four times. Tallon was well-known throughout the Virginia horse community as an enthusiastic teacher and competition judge. He retired from Randolph-Macon in 2011 and died in an automobile accident in 2015. In 2016 Tallon was posthumously awarded the IHSA Pioneer Award for his contributions to collegiate riding.