About Us

Royal Carriage Ltd.
Chicagoland’s premiere Carriage Service Provider for over 30 years!
* Impeccable Service * Elegant Presentation * Reasonable Rates * Established in 1980

Original owners Myron and Lois Sampson offered carriages for hire in downtown Chicago and Geneva as well as on-site transportation for all occasions. Myron was a stickler for a stylish turnout and excellent service. The tradition was carried on as they passed the reigns in 2007 to current owners Lyla & John Blanchard.

Extra touches and attention to detail are what set us apart from the rest, we are dedicated to making your dreams come true!

Lyla, a Chicago native was born with a passion for all things equine. Other kids start out drawing stick figures, she skipped right to stick horses. Her infatuation with horses inspired her to read, create and explore. She is an accomplished Equestrian, ridding and driving professionally since 1982. She has worked as a coachman, teamster, trainer, trail guide, and wrangler for film and television. “My horses are my family, and I am truly blessed to have them in my life and to be able to share the joy of them with the people we meet”.

John, grew up on a horse farm in the St Charles area. Horses are in his blood, the Blanchard family raised, and sold American Quarterhorses. He has been riding since before he could walk and drove teams for many years. Working in the family business Blanchard’s Feed and Stable Supply John apprenticed with his father learning the art of Leather Repair. John is a skilled craftsman, and experienced Horseman who enjoys the diversity of the business and interacting with our customers.