The Louisiana Equine Council is a non-profit organization established to provide a unified voice for all Louisiana equestrians regardless of equine breed or discipline. We address industry issues through a variety of committees and promote the Louisiana equine industry as a whole. We provide education and development in the equine world through LEC sponsored clinics, horse fairs and events around the state. We offer a variety of ways for equestrians to learn more, get involved, and have fun with their horses. The Louisiana Equine Council is a state resource for all things equestrian.
Meet The Team
Though all of our team members have varied professional backgrounds, they all have one thing in common, a passion for horses and the drive to make positive changes for the overall equine industry in our state. With years of experience in horsemanship and professional resume's that can't be surpassed, each individual contributes those skills and knowledge making this an A+ team.
Daniel Lyons, President
Daniel Lyons graduated from UL with a BS Degree in Dairy Science. He is an advocate for agriculture and is active in numerous industry organizations on local, state and national levels. Together with his wife Genevieve, they own and operate Lyons Den Farms. 2000 acres of pastures and hay fields, taking great pride in producing quality hay for both equine commercial establishments and farm and ranch customers. Daniel also breeds and sells registered working quarter horses. Daniel developed his passion for horses as soon as he could sit in the saddle helping his grandfather with his sulky horses. Through the years, he has competed in many events and was involved in 4-H, FFA and later at UL’s Block and Bridal clubs taking active roles in various leadership positions. Daniel is an avid supporter in continued adult education through LSU's Master Horseman Program. He has a passion for the story of agriculture and the education of the consumer and youth. “There is a need for the general public to know how important it is to keep the whole industry growing, thriving and intact for the future of the youth and adults involved with the horse industry.”
Sharyon Thompson, Secretary
Hi ! I am Sharyon Thompson. I am the Director for region three and secretary for Louisiana equine council . I currently serve as president of the Louisiana State Appaloosa club. I have worked with animals most all of my life. I have showed multiple breeds of dogs and finished champions in several breeds. For several years I showed Persian cats and took international wins each year that I showed. I worked as an adult leader for the 4-H for many years in West Texas with the dog and horse program there. I enjoy riding sidesaddle and carriage driving as well as trail riding.
Johnny Boudreaux, Vice President
Johnny Boudreaux has been riding and showing horses, raising cattle and farming rice for the last 50+ years. Johnny's has a passion for the all around stock horse. He won his first cutting in 1977 and has been training cutting/ ranch horses ever since. He's heavily involved in L.A.S.H. (Louisiana Stock Horse Association). Johnny is a founding member of the L.E.C. and current Vice President and District 5 representative. He serves as the LA Farm Bureau Equine Advisory Committee chairman, Chairman of Abbeville General Hospital board of Directors.
He was Vermilion Parish Cattlemen's Association past president, Vermilion Parish Farm Bureau board member, Mount Carmel elementary and Vermilion Catholic High School past school board member, a past member of LSU Rice Research Board and past board member of Vermilion Farmers Coop.
Johnny is a Master Horseman, Wrangler, Master Cattleman and Master Farmer graduate. He is also a graduate of the LSU Agri-Leadership Class of 1992 and an AA NRCHA judge.
Lisa S. Bell, Treasurer
Lisa S. Bell is a 58 year life-long resident of Southern Louisiana. Most of her life has been spent in rural St. Tammany Parish, with Folsom being her current home. Her formal education is in Education and Nursing and is and RN in the Emergency Department at St. Tammany Hospital. She and husband, David, own Reposo Farm & Feeds, where horse boarding and a specialized feed store occupy most of her time. Friends and family introduced Lisa to horses as a child, but she actually bought her first 2 horses for her 40th birthday! For several years she volunteered with a horse rescue agency developing a health rehab program and evaluating potential new horse owners. Lisa currently owns 4 horses and 2 donkeys, among other animals on the farm. She enjoys both leisure trail riding and competitive trail events.
Our Board Members
District 1 - Michelle Barr
In 1975 Michelle moved to Louisiana, and also began her affiliation and passion with all things equine. Over the ensuing years she has been involved in almost all aspects of the equine industry: showing, training, teaching, judging, TD, ownership, IHSA, USPC, breeding, therapeutic riding, Special Olympics, show and clinic production, as well as equine research, not just in La but all across the nation.
Michelle and her horses (and also her students) have successfully competed in H/J, equitation, dressage, eventing, competitive trail, and even extreme cowboy races! She has also participated in countless breed parades and side saddle demonstrations with her rare breed Cleveland Bay horses.
Michelle has served on the board of numerous equestrian organizations both statewide and nationwide, and holds multiple certifications in the industry, including holding the only side saddle instruction certification/judge's card in the state and currently serves on the Alumni Board for the Louisiana Scholars' College.
District 2 -Robbin Rosalis
Robbin Rosalis has lived in northeast Louisiana all her life. She graduated from ULM with a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Robbin worked for the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services for thirty years before retiring. Her equestrian endeavors have included showing in breed shows and open shows, Western and English with a little hunt jump. Her registered stock has included Quarter, Paints, Morgans, Haflinger, and Racking with an assortment of amazing grade horses. Currently, she is a dedicated pleasure rider who loves trails. When she is not riding she enjoys making wheel-thrown pottery, dog rescue, gardening, and writing. Her genre is fantasy fiction, and her books are available on Amazon.
District 4 - Dr. Rachel Cazer-Martinez DVM
Dr. Rachel Cezar-Martinez is one of our new board members that resides in Allen Parish. She has been riding horses for over 40 years, enjoyed growing up in 4-H and becoming a veterinarian. However Dr. Rachel gives her credit of who she has become to her mom and dad that are both born and still raising a heck in Soileau (Oberlin), LA. Fortunately, with her husband, Dennis, has moved their farm, Double Z Cowboy Corral, from Washington DC, where they would promote riding horses and raising animals, so their kids, Zaiden and Zoey, can be raised around their grandparents and enjoy the rich Louisiana culture.
Dr. Rachel looks forward to serving on the LEC board and promoting the horse industry.
At Large - Ginger Schouest
Born in Louisiana, Ginger holds a Fashion Merchandising & Marketing Degree. As President of Oxlite Manufacturing, Ginger led the company to be the #1 ramp brand in the United States. The brand was popular in Mexico, Canada, and the UK as well. Early in her career, Ginger entered the fashion/talent/advertising.arena, providing talent to production companies who went on to do Tide Commercials and the popular show 911. Ginger was also a charter board member of LEC. Ginger also bred and showed Tennessee Walkers for over 10 years, focusing on correct conformation with color genetics a big part of her breeding program and passion. A former student of both Gaited and Classic Dressage, Ginger fills her “horse addiction”exploring nature by horse back, on trails across the US. and in her beloved home state. Ginger is a Master Horseman Graduate.
At Large - Dr. Clint Depew
Clint Depew is one of the founding members of the LEC. He is a retired professor from the LSU Animal science Department. He served as the Horse Specialist until his retirement. He has conducted horse clinics and taught horsemanship for 40 years.
At Large - Edwin S. Happy Broussard III
Edwin “Happy” Broussard, better known as Happy, comes from a ranching and farming
background and has personally owned ranches and farms in Louisiana, Mississippi,
Colorado and Texas. He is the secretary treasurer of a farming corporation that was
started in 1890 by his grandfather, George P. Broussard, Sr. Inc. The corporation has
rice, sugar cane, crawfish and timber land. He has had experience in dealing with oil,
gas and uranium leases. He is a past president of the Iberia St. Mary Cattleman’s
Association and a past president of the Iberia Right to Life Organization.
Originally from southern Louisiana’s Gulf Coast (Cajun Country), Happy attended
Louisiana State University and University of Southwestern Louisiana. He played on the
LSU Rugby Team and still holds an intramural track and field record at LSU in an event no longer run, the 100 yard dash.
He managed a highly successful insurance agency for many years prior to his career in
real estate, and was a licensed broker in Colorado, Texas and Louisiana specializing in farms and ranches. Happy also served on the board of directors of the oldest bank in
Louisiana at the time for a number of years.
Happy holds four designations in the real estate industry. He has an ALC designation
(Accredited Land Consultant). The ALC designation is the most prestigious REALTOR® designation that can be earned in the farm, ranch and land real estate industry. He also has an ABR designation (Accredited Buyer Representative), a CNE designation (Certified Negotiation Expert) and a GRI designation (Graduate Realtor® Institute).
At Large - Jesee Jordan
I’ve been a horse rider for over 28 years and a professional trainer over 18 years. I have
experience with over 15 breeds in over a dozen disciplines. I’ve worked with horses in both English and Western style of riding. I specialize in colt starting and problem solving with deep roots in Natural Horsemanship.
At Large - Howard Cormier
Howard J. Cormier is a retired county agent with the LSU AgCenter. He worked in Vermilion Parish with 4-H, Water Quality, major crops, and horse owners until he retired in 2008. He continued to work half time with the Master Horseman Leader Development program in the Southwest Louisiana, having taught over 350 adults. He retired again in January of 2021, but continues to work with 4-H youth and Master Horseman volunteers.
At Large - Daniel Dauphin
Daniel Dauphin has lived on both sides of Alexandria and now lives with his wife and two sons in Rayne. He graduated La Tech with a B.S. in Animal Science and has been a professional horse trainer since 1995. Most of those years have been spent preparing cutting horses for aged events and fixing problemed horses. For about the last decade, Daniel
has been sharing his knowledge and experiences as a horsemanship clinician. He has been on the LEC Board as an At Large Director for about 8 years. He's currently the co-chair of the Finance and Budgetary Committee, as well as the Health and Welfare Committee, and Marketing and PR Committee. Daniel's life revolves around horses and he's happy to serve the state's industry in any capacity he's well suited for, as long as his wife oks it.
At Large - Amy Lang
Amy Lang has been a resident of Louisiana since 2012. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from New Mexico State University and a Master's degree in Equine Business from Midway University. Amy grew up riding and showing hunter/jumper horses in Texas and was recruited to ride for New Mexico State University's Division I Equestrian Team. At NMSU, she served as the Captain of the Equestrian Team, was a member of the NMSU Horsemen's Association, and was an All-American Athlete for the Equestrian Sport. Amy moved to Baton Rouge after college and taught riding lessons at BREC Farr Park. She eventually moved up to the Education Curator for the lesson and therapeutic program, then became the Equine Technician for their large herd of horses. She then moved to Folsom and worked for Greene, Lewis & Associates as a veterinary technician for their large reproduction and sport horse medicine clinic. After receiving her MBA in 2021, she opened her own company, ARL Creative, where she does marketing and digital creation for equine businesses. Amy resides in Folsom and has a retired Irish Sport Horse mare named "Genia." She also helps manage a family-owned Saddlebred farm in Bush.
At Large - Vacant