Nicole Loochtan is the owner and manager of Stone Creek Stables. She began riding at 8 years old in her home town of Hawthorn Woods, IL where she grew up competing locally on her ponies. She stepped up to the “A” circuit with her horses, and began training with Ronnie Beard and Michael Dorman, who took her to Wellington to compete during the winter circuit.
Ronnie and Michael were a big influence during her junior riding career, focusing on the basics of correctly flatting a horse and fitness. Nicole acquired her first big show jumpers with them, Carla De Kalvarie Z and Quaterman, stepping up to the medium/highs and U25’s at Tryon, Hits Saugerties, Hits Thermal, Vegas and Del Mar.
Nicole began riding with Sharn Wordley in 2017, once again fine tuning her riding skills and teaching her more about horsemanship. She continues to be his client as well as a working student, learning the intricate details of the horse industries and show ring. As a young amateur rider, her knowledge and riding ability has gone to the next level under his tutelage.
Accomplishments • 2014 Reserve Circuit Champion Low Juniors (15/16), HITS Ocala • 2014 Zone 5 Reserve Junior Horse of the Year - Aboard Dream On • Many Classic wins in Low & Medium Junior Jumpers • 2019 - 3rd place in Wellington in the High Amateur Classic on Famoso d’ive Z • 2019 - 3rd & 6th place High Amateur classic on Carla De Kalvarie Z & Caiman Des Sequoias • 2019 - Multiple Wins in the High Amateur Classes • 2018 - 8th place on Famoso d’ive Z in $25,000 Grand Prix • 2018 - 8th place on Caiman Des Sequoias in $25,000 Grand Prix
Current Horses Caiman Des Sequoias 2010,17h Belgian Warmblood gelding, purchased from Sharn Wordley in 2018. Caiman had experience in the 3* classes when purchased and Nicole has campaigned him in the High Amateurs, U25s and smaller Grand Prix’s.
Famoso d’Ive Z 2007, 16h Belgian Warmblood gelding, leased from Sharn Wordley for the High Amateurs and smaller Grand Prix’s.
Carla de Kalvarie Z 2004, 16.1h Zangersheid mare purchased from Chris Pratt, and Nicole’s first real competitive jumper. Nicole campaigned in her first High Amatuer, U25 and Grand Prix’s with this mare.