​James Noel

Quarter Horse Racing Leader

Coatesville, IN


Jim Noel grew up in Indianapolis, the son of a plumber, who once owned a livery stable. Of course, he made sure his son had a horse. Growing up they participated in every kind of competitive riding event possible. Racing seemed like the next logical step.

Jim Noel led the way for Quarter Horse Racing to be held at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs. Building a successful Quarter Horse Racing program at these two tracks took great leadership, persistence, and passion. Jim established a foundation for racing programs through his vision, organizational skills, and tireless efforts. When confronted with an opportunity, Jim has often joked, "No doesn't really mean no, it just means that it's going to take a little longer."

Jim was the track manager at the Indiana State Fair for more than a decade in the 1980's and 1990's. He has served as a racing steward in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Illinois and Kentucky. In 2004, he was hired to be the first racing secretary for pari-mutuel Quarter Horse Racing in Lexington, KY.

Always concerned about the future, Jim is a believer in youth and helped develop the "Day at the Races" program for youth 14 to 18 years of age in 2005. The program provides a detailed, behind the scenes, experience of the racing industry at an Indiana track and an opportunity for youth to participate in the American Quarter Horse Association Youth Challenge.

Jim has been a true leader as he has held many state and national offices and currently serves as the president of the Indiana Horse Council.

Congratulations and thank you to James D. Noel for your leadership, unselfish devotion and dedication to the growth and continued prosperity of the Quarter Horse Racing Industry.​

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