Nicole Loochtan is the owner and one of the trainers at 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 Olympic show jumper Sharn Wordley in 2017, once again fine tuning her riding and horsemanship skills, learning the intricate details of the horse industry and grand prix level of the show jumping world. In 2019, Nicole purchased Stone Creek Stables in Lexington, Kentucky in preparation for Nicole to launch her career as a professional equestrian. The facility is state of the art, with a traditional center isle Kentucky barn, a custom made Wordley Martin arena and a professionally designed cross country course, which is open to the region's event riders.
In 2020 after a successful winter campaign, Nicole officially turned professional. Nicole is very grateful to everyone who supported her over the past 15 years, as she worked diligently towards becoming a professional trainer. She looks forward to working with all levels of riders, horses and ponies - and will be offering clients training, lessons, show coaching and sales from her base in Kentucky.
2014 Zone 5 Reserve Junior Horse of the Year - Aboard Dream On
Many Classic wins in Low & Medium Junior Jumpers
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.
Fabuleause De L'autrot 2015 mare. Very exciting prospect for future sport. Already has wins at the Sunshine tour in the young jumper final as well as the young horse Grand Prix.