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Welcome to Bellis Show Jumping, one of the top hunter jumper barns nestled in the Chicago area!


At our facility, we prioritize continuous improvement for both horse and rider, allowing our equine companions to thrive in their natural element, from ample turnout in expansive pastures to top-level training.

Through tailored exercises and personalized lessons, we empower our clients to excel both at home and in the competitive arena. We understand the importance of balancing training with adequate downtime for our equine athletes, ensuring their well-being while striving for success in the show ring.

Driven by our goal-oriented approach, we're on the lookout for dedicated individuals who share our passion for excellence and professionalism in high-level competition. Join our team, and let's reach new heights together!

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Our Team


Steve Schaefer

Rider | Trainer | Founder

Steve Schaefer comes from a horse family, the son of a farrier and amateur rider. As a young boy, Steve wasn’t interested in the horse scene, but his love for working with animals in the outdoors eventually drew him in. Starting as a junior, Steve moved up  quickly under the guidance of Alex Jayne. After a successful start, Steve decided to pursue show jumping as a career and became a professional.


Steve has shown in all divisions of the hunters and jumpers, bringing home numerous Grand Prix victories. Schaefer is well known for his fast jump off rounds, especially in the Midwest. He has brought many young and difficult horses along to the top of the sport. 

His list of students includes many success stories, with many starting in the short stirrup divisions and advancing up the ranks to the junior hunters, junior jumpers, and Grand Prixs. These students include Kristen Vanderveen, Taylor McMurtry, Haylie Jayne, Clare Rozran, Molly Struve, and Caelinn Leahy to name a few. His experience in the saddle is a huge asset to his training program allowing him to have the ability to keep horses and riders performing at their best for the competitive show ring.

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