Our Trainers
Sydney Thurber

Sydney has had a true passion for horses all her life. She has always had a special connection with animals, especially horses. After training and competing her OTTB's for years in the Hunters, Medals and Jumpers she dove into teaching when her trainer had her cover some lessons and she was a natural. She has an innate ability to connect with riders and help them understand their horse and how to build a relationship and achieve the results they desire. Sydney has been riding and showing for over 13 years in several different states. Her passion has always been working with and re-training off the track Thoroughbreds. Her first two personal horses are OTTB's and she has competed in both Hunters and Jumpers on them. She has also worked with several other projects and recently purchased a young, fresh off the track Thoroughbred that she plans to compete in the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover at Kentucky Horse Park in 2019. Sydney recently returned from her first RRP Makeover with our team horse and looks forward to competing again next year with her personal horse as well as a team. She has worked with many great trainers across the country and enjoys passing along her knowledge to other riders. 

Amanda Louchez

Amanda grew up with horses playing a big part in her life. She has enjoyed both riding and teaching for many years and has a wealth of knowledge to share with young riders. She has instilled the love of horses in her 5 children and those in her care. Amanda has always wanted to breed horses and was able to take a step toward that goal this year when she purchased a beautiful Oldenburg mare who is bred to the magnificent Holsteiner stallion, LotusT. Amanda enjoys sharing her wide range of equine knowledge with young riders. 

Our Owners

The Thurbers have been involved with horses since their two daughters were very small and started riding lessons at the facility they originally opened as Lake Pointe Equestrian Center in Huntersville, NC. Their daughters have ridden and shown over the years in North Carolina, Florida and Texas. The facility they rode at while living in Austin, Texas provided a great environment with lots of friends and fun summer camps for kids of all ages. That facility is what they modeled Lake Pointe Equestrian Center after. They moved back to North Carolina in 2013 to be closer to family and have really enjoyed building a great "barn family" at LPEC with wonderful boarders and lesson students. They are excited to own this great new facility and look forward to building another great barn family in the Hickory area. LPEC was created to be a safe place where kids of all ages can come hang out, work, ride and spend time with our many great lesson horses and enjoy time together as a barn family.