Servicing the Greater Chicagoland and South Suburban Areas

​10129 W 187th Street, Mokena, Il. 60448

​OFFICE PHONE: 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 at all disciplines such as, English, Western, Reining, Showmanship, Horsemanship and more.  Samantha is the daughter of Lorri Ebeling and was raised in Mokena, IL. Samantha has attended school at Lewis University and University of Alabama, she has 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!


Olivia Rydzewski is an eight year veteran rider and a 4 year member of Nova’s Quarter Horses show team.  During her time with Nova, Olivia has participated in beginner, intermediate, and advanced riding lessons.  Olivia has both attended and worked Summer and Winter camps, on-site and off -site shows, and has recently  begun teaching on-site lessons.  On Mother’s Day in May, 2011, Olivia was surprised with her first horse, delivered to her home - Cappucino.   Olivia’s dedication to horse care and her commitment to this sport accelerated further once owning Cappy.  Olivia has fully committed herself to learning proper horse care from Lorri, managing her schedule to prioritize her responsibilities, advancing her riding skills and horse care knowledge, and promoting proper horse care and horse competition skills at all times, to all riders at Nova.  When not at Nova, Olivia attends Lincoln Way North High School where she is a member of the Basketball team. Olivia maintains a high GPA and is working toward graduating with high honors so she can possibly earn grants, awards, and perhaps a scholarship to a University with an Equestrian riding team.  Olivia is one of 5 siblings and has a twin sister, Madeline.
Nova Staff "Quality Training and Professional Care for Pleasure or Performance"  
 
 
Nova Quarter Horses, Inc. is family owned and operated for over 25 years and takes great pride in it's 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 plans and 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 educational needs, from learning to ride English or Western or preparing to show in local or champion events.  Nova Quarter Horses has large indoor and outdoor arenas that provide facilities for year round riding!
Not only does owner, Lorri Ebeling, instruct our students and boarders, we are also proud to have on our staff - Olivia Rydzewski, Katie Fox, Nicole Ernest and Jennifer Canzone.  All of our staff members are trained in various methods, but most importantly it is their own wonderful 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 Quarter Horses instructors and horses. We know you'll find that Nova Quarter Horses is the place where the rider and horse have fun!  Read more about each of our instructors below!  Call us today to speak with one of our instructors. 708-479-3696
 
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, and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  She now works at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois as an Account Executive.  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!  After eight months of riding in weekly lessons, Katie wanted to expand her experience and decided to start leasing a horse at Nova.  In addition to leasing, Katie was 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 and not at the barn, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, Tucker and Rowdy.
 
 
Nicole Ernest grew up in Mokena, IL with her parents and practically lived at Nova while growing up.  After high school she attended college at the University of Central Missouri where she received her Bachelors in English.  She then decided to become a teacher at Lockport High School, where she teaches English and Reading.  Recently she received her Masters in Reading from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.  Nicole has been with Nova for 18 years and has been teaching lessons and supervising horse camps for over 10 years now, as you can see teaching is in her blood.  Nicole has a great rapport with her students and enjoys seeing them achieve their goals.
 
 
Jennifer Canzone came to Nova in September 2010 to take a lesson with a friend for her birthday.  She instantly became hooked, she always loved horses and had only been trail riding.  She kept taking lessons with Nova owner Lorri and then in November 2010, she became a horse owner.  Working with Lorri through lessons and training, she learned valuable information about horses and how to care for them.  She learned to ride Western and English.  Jennifer also learned about show techniques and how to teach others what she had learned.  Jennifer currently works in the office for Lorri and fills in as instructor when needed.  When not working at Nova she loves to spend time with her family.
 
 
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, 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 her dog 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 riders have gone on to start their own training and riding establishments.