Earl Foster Thomson

Earl Foster " Tommy" Thomson ( born August 14, 1900 in Cleveland, † July 5, 1971 in Santa Barbara ) was an American eventing and dressage.


Thomson went through the United States Military Academy and graduated there in 1922. During the Second World War, he was awarded a Silver Star while serving as Chief of Staff of the 10th Mounted Division in Italy.


Earl Foster Thomson was as a rider, especially in the 1930s and 1940s, very successful. In 1932, he joined with his mare Jenny Camp at the Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles and won the gold medal in eventing with the team and the silver medal in singles there. He could latter success, repeat on Jenny Camp, at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin again.

Twelve years later, at the Olympic Summer Games 1948 in London succeeded Thomson again to win two medals. For one, he won at Reno Rhythm riding with the team, as was 16 years ago, the first place in eventing and secondly to Pancraft the silver medal in team dressage.

After ending his playing career, Thomson served as judges at the Olympic Summer Games in Helsinki in 1952 and as a chef d' equipe of the U.S. Eventing Team at the Olympic Summer Games in Rome in 1960.