Maple Park, IL – August 17, 2020 – Bellis Show Jumping welcomes professional Rebecca (Becca) Lannoye and her clients to their fantastic show jumping facility in Maple Park, Illinois. The merger with Steve Schaefer and Bellis Show Jumping will be a fantastic opportunity for Lannoye to continue growing in her own riding while adding another level of knowledge to her own students and horses. Schaefer’s exceptional experience in the grand prix ring will now benefit Lannoye’s team as it has worked to develop top riders and horses for Bellis.
Lannoye, 22, of Geneva, Illinois, has been a professional since the end of 2018 and runs Rebecca Lynn Performance Horses. She brings six clients and her 1.30m – 1.40m jumper, Furst to the mix.
“When I got the call from Steve with the idea to merge with Bellis, I saw the opportunities that myself and my clients would have. Having Steve’s knowledge and expertise to continue learning from on a daily basis made the decision a no brainer. The quality of horses in his program is another key factor in being able to train at the highest level,” commented Lannoye.
The Bellis facility is an ideal property for hunter jumper training with a grass derby field and plenty of hills for conditioning, a large outdoor arena, heated indoor arena, treadmill, spacious stalls, and ample turnout.
“The merger of our two teams has been seamless,” added Lannoye. “I want to continue bringing a team atmosphere where everyone supports one another while continuing to grow.”
Lannoye loves the everyday hustle and bustle of the farm and organization of the day to day activities. She is passionate about giving each and every horse the best individual care possible including exercise routines and nutrition so they can reach their highest potential in the sport. With several sale horses in Schaefer’s barn, Lannoye looks forward to more time in the saddle as well.
“Becca and her students moved in without missing a beat during Equifest for a great team effort and a super successful show for all! I look forward to working with Becca to help all of our students reach their goals,” added Schaefer.
Schaefer is well known for his talent in the grand prix ring and fast jump off rounds. He has brought many young and difficult horses along to the top ranks as well as riders such as Caelinn Leahy. Leahy has moved up the divisions from children’s jumpers and junior jumpers to the grand prix ring, with huge success at top shows across the country including the Winter Equestrian Festival.
With the collaboration of the two teams, Bellis will continue to offer elite training, top quality horses and exceptional care.
The new team has already had great success in the show ring. Leahy recently piloted the talented 6-year-old, Executive Order, owned by Nancy Schmid of Barrington, Illinois, to two championships and two reserve championships in the Large Junior Hunters, qualifying them for Junior Hunter Finals. She also rode Dymendy, owned by Twenty23llc, to third place in the $50,000 Equifest Grand Prix. Leahy also rode Any Day Now Farm’s P&F Cordillo Z to a win at Equifest II in the High Jr/AO classic and a win in the 1.35 Jumper Classic during Equifest III. She also earned top ribbons with Happiness and Halo in the medium junior jumpers.
Cabriolet 18 and Julie Carani made their debut together resulting in a reserve championship and her daughter, Meadow, had her first go in the jumper ring with Fahris, earning top ribbons.
Holly Yeterian rode to great prizes in the Amateur Adults with her two horses, Color Pearlz and Niro 8.
Rylie Ludwig aboard Lannoye’s horse, Corvette, stepped into the show ring during Equifest III for the first time and stepped out as champions of the .65m jumper division.
Schaefer and Zarkava galloped to the win in the 1.35m Jumper Classic while Elano, with Schaefer aboard, stands at the top of the Hits Circuit Championship list in the 1.20m Jumper division. Lannoye and Furst are currently on the Circuit Championship list as well in the 1.20m jumpers, standing fourth.
The team will head to Traverse City at the end of August then back to Lamplight fall shows before heading south to Wellington for the winter.
For more information on the Bellis Show Jumping Team, visit their website at www.BellisShowJumping.com or call Steve Schaefer at 847-612-3257 to join the team.