Michael Page hails from North Salem, New York and is well known as the rider in one of eventing's most successful combinations with his partner The Grasshopper, who was inducted into the USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame in 1999.
Page won the AHSA Medal Finals in 1956 and went on to train at the French Cavalry School in Saumur, France from 1957 to 1958. His international career included three Olympic Games and three Pan American Games. He placed fourth individually and earned team silver at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 on The Grasshopper and he earned individual bronze and team silver at the Mexico Olympics in 1968 on Foster. His Pan American Games resume is just as impressive with two individual gold medals in 1959 and 1963. In 1963 and 1967, he was a member of the U.S. teams that brought home gold. Individually he won bronze in 1967.
The Wofford Cup was retired in 1963 in recognition of Page’s achievements after he received it three times. The USET offered a new cup in 1964, designated as the National Open Three-Day Event Championship Trophy, which was to be awarded annually at a specific competition.
Page went on to share his expertise as a coach and trainer. He coached the Canadian three-day team at the 1976 Olympics and served as Chef d'Equipe at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, the 1990 World Championships, and 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Page currently serves as the head trainer of Kent School’s equestrian team in Connecticut. His teaching philosophy, in his words, is, "You should go to someone for instruction or advice only if you respect him enough to give 110 percent of what he asks. Every time. All the time."
With a flair for administrative details, Page served as chair of many committees including the AHSA Equitation Committee, AHSA Nominating Committee, and USET Nominating Committee. In addition, he judged the AHSA/ASPCA National Equitation Finals and the Intercollegiate National Finals several times.