Beginning in 1961, Lou Hough chaired and organized horse shows in Saskatoon. In 1973, he played a key role in the organization of the Saskatchewan Horse Federation and served as the Federation’s president from 1975 to 1978. He served as president of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame from 1976 to 1980, and of Sask Sport Inc. in 1980.
Lou was the president of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society from 1985 to 1991, chaired the equestrian events at the 1979 Western Canada Summer Games, and from 1983 to 1987 chaired the Saskatchewan Games Council. Lou was a key organizer of the Saskatchewan Heritage Equities Stakes. Nationally, he was a director of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, the Canadian Horse Shows Association, and the Canadian Equestrian Federation.
Lou was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and received the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal in 1997.