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.
Danielle Vail, Treasurer
Danielle is a graduate of McNeese State University with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree. She is an advocate for women in the agriculture industry and shows support by holding offices in many agricultural programs such as Treasurer for the Louisiana Equine Council, Secretary in the Louisiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers program, and member at large for Louisiana Women in Ag to name a few. Danielle is heavily involved in her family farming and beef cattle operation. She uses quarter horses to both work cattle and for pleasure riding. A Master Horseman and LSU Master Cattleman graduate, Danielle also enjoys working with her Australian Cattle Dog.