"Quality Training and Professional Care for Pleasure or Performance"    

Nova Quarter Horses, Inc. is family owned and operated with over 30 years experience and takes great pride in its expertise and knowledge of the horse industry and extends this knowledge to you. Whether you are a beginning or advanced rider, Nova Quarter Horses personal one-on-one instruction is our number one goal.  All of your riding expectations will be met enthusiastically with words of encouragement, support and guidance from Nova's staff of experienced instructors and trainers. Nova Quarter Horses will assist you in all of your riding needs, from learning to ride Western or English or preparing you to show in local or champion events.  Nova Quarter Horses has large indoor and outdoor arenas that provide the ability for year round riding. Not only does owner Lorri Ebeling instruct our students and boarders, we are also proud to have on our staff - Lorri's daughter Samantha Ebeling, Olivia Rydzewski and Katie Fox.  All of our staff members are trained in various methods, but most importantly it is their own personalities and experience with horses that make each of them such excellent instructors. We encourage potential riders to stop in at any time to observe Nova's instructors and horses. We know you'll find that Nova Quarter Horses is the place where the rider and horse have fun!
Lorri Ebeling is the Owner/Trainer and Head Instructor here at Nova.  She has over 30 years of experience in the equine industry.  Lorri grew up in Chicago, where she attended Kennedy School.  She got started with horses at 12 years old and she has trained and worked with  trainers such as Cliff Hartmann.  She teaches many different riding styles such as Western, Reining, English, Jumping and Show Techniques.  She also trains horses for those disciplines.  She teaches her students to excel and reach their goals and potential whether its just riding or showing.  She lives here on the property at Nova with her daughters, Samantha and Lauren and dogs Quin and Jersey.  Her passion for teaching is remarkable. She has produced several Congress Champions, along with riders that have gotten several equine scholarships to top 10 riding colleges.  Many of her students have gone on to start their own training and riding establishments.

Pam Ensley is Nova’s Office Manager. Pam grew up an animal lover having had many family pets but always had a special love for horses. In college Pam became involved in a local 4H program where she started taking riding lessons. There she fell in love with a beautiful Quarter Horse named Lindy who she leased for two years. Pam went on to be a 4H Summer Camp Counselor and Director. Pam discovered Nova through her daughter Aryana. Aryana rode at Nova as a youngster and has recently returned and now competes on the show team. Pam lives in Lockport with her husband Byran and teenage children Aryana and Aidan.  
Olivia Rydzewski trains horses, teaches beginner and beginner/intermediate classes and is a Summer and Winter Camp counselor. Olivia has been riding at Nova for 12 years and has been on the Nova show team for 8 years. When not competing with her beloved horse Cappy, Olivia can be found assisting and cheering on fellow Nova riders at on and off-property horse shows. She is always happy to share all that she has learned with others. Due to her outstanding ability to multitask and efficiently manage her time and many responsibilities, Olivia has graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lincoln-Way East High School where she was a member of the NHS, Mu Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Pi, French NHS and Science NHS. Olivia now attends University of Findlay where she studies Pharmacy while simultaneously getting an associates in Western Equestrian Studies as well as riding on the school's Western Equestrian Team.
Katie Fox grew up in Oak Park, IL with her parents, a younger sister and brother and a variety of pets. After high school, Katie moved to Chicago and began attending the University of Illinois. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She now works as an Account Executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Katie started riding at Nova in March of 2013 after receiving a Groupon for Christmas. After just one riding lesson with Nova's owner Lorri, she was hooked! Just over a year later, Katie purchased her horse Memphis. Katie was then given the opportunity to teach at Nova. She thoroughly enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others and loves seeing children (and adults) develop their riding skills and their love for horses like she did. When she is not working or at the barn, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, Tucker and Rowdy.
Tiffany Ossowski grew up loving horses and riding as a teen in a local 4H program. Tiffany returned to riding as an adult when she went on a Nova trail ride. She spent most of the ride talking to Lorri and loved what she heard. Nova was close to home with a family-friendly atmosphere where the horses were well taken care of. Tiffany soon began taking weekly lessons and also started to volunteer a few times per week. She has enjoyed refreshing and expanding her equine knowledge and skills and now works alongside Lorri, Sam and the horses. Tiffany teaches pee-wee and beginner lessons, assists with special events and fundraising and manages Nova’s social media. 

office: 708-479-3696


Samantha Ebeling is the head trainer at Nova and has been riding and competing for 18 years. She has competed and is knowledgeable in disciplines such as English, Western, Reining, Showmanship, Horsemanship and more. Samantha is the daughter of Lorri Ebeling and was raised in Mokena, IL. Samantha attended school at Lewis University and University of Alabama but decided to change her course in life and now works full-time training horses. Samantha competes in all open level classes at the horse shows and her passion for riding and competing is what drives her to work hard and push her clients to have a winning attitude. Samantha works individually and in group form with all clients and students. Her drive, passion and talent are what make her a great horsewoman!

10129 W. 187th Street

 Mokena, IL 60448

Kelly Dunne started riding at Nova when she was just 5 years old. During her childhood, she spent every minute she could in the barn. Kelly attributes a significant portion of her hard work ethic to Lorri and looks forward to implementing the same lessons into her children. After high school, Kelly worked for Lorri in the office, training horses, teaching lessons and teaching summer/ winter camps. She then took a few years off returning to school to begin pursuing her BS in Elementary Education and start a family. Kelly's two young children share her love of horses and being at the barn. Kelly is now back teaching beginner and intermediate/advanced lessons. Kelly says, "There is no greater feeling than seeing what horses bring out in children and adults and I am grateful that I get to be a part of that experience."