Ooo yeah, Lippitts are nice. They tend to be built stockier than some other strains which is nice if you want to do anything outside driving/hunter.
I actually don't have any friends who ride. There aren't any other kids at my barn, nor anyone under 26 years old. As a result though, I often get the arena to myself and my trainer asks me to work all sorts of different horses for him, not to mention I broke to ride my first horse this summer:
who my trainer was originally selling unbroke for 400$ and now wants to sell for 5000$ :) With my constant presence at the barn, and no competition between other people my age, I've really been exposed to other opportunities I might have never gotten had I been at a more public barn.
See, my mother is an Equestrian too, and used go groom for my trainer when she was in her 20's. The long times relationship means my trainer trusts the integrity of my mom, and thus my own integrity too-- a chance I'd never had at another barn.
Just two weeks ago I did a Western Dressage demonstration with my trainer at the National Western Stock Show, and I am thankful every day for that opportunity.
That was more answer than you were looking for, but no, I don't have any eventing friend XD Just people I've talked to over horse forums like this one :)