Lorri brings over 30 years of experience to the arena. She teaches many different riding styles including Western, Ranch, Reining, English, Jumping and Show Techniques. Lorri 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 has produced several Congress Champions, along with riders that have received equestrian scholarships to top 10 riding colleges. Many of her students have gone on to start their own training and riding establishments.
Samantha has been riding and competing for over 20 years. She has competed and is knowledgeable in Western, Ranch, Reining, English, Showmanship and Horsemanship. Samantha works full-time training horses and teaching riding lessons. Her passion for riding and competing is what drives her to work hard and push her clients to have a winning attitude.
Olivia teaches lessons 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. Olivia 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 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 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.
Kelly 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."
Pam 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.
The Ebelings rescued Quinn and he’s been a Nova fixture ever since. He spends most days hanging out with Pam in the office and sometimes sneaks out to the barn to visit horses and students and get some attention from his Momma Lorri. Quinn is quite the friendly pup but has a big bark. Once you get past our official door greeter, he’s happy to be pet and snuggled on the couch.
Jersey is Sam’s black lab. She will sometimes come to the barn and office while Sam is training and teaching. Jersey has a favorite spot on the couch right by the arena window where she can keep an eye on things and be sure to see when Sam is coming in to take a break.