Thank You for Voting BLF “Best of the Berkshires”

Thank you to those that took time to vote for Bonnie Lea Farm as “Best of the Berkshires.”  The link to the online version of the publication is here – http://www.berkshireeagle.com/bestoftheberkshires.

At Bonnie Lea Farm, we offer lessons, training, boarding and summer programs. We also offer guided trails and pony rides for younger beginners.

We have beautiful trails and indoor and outdoor riding rings and lots of turnout so horses can be horses. Come visit to learn more about the farm or take a virtual tour through pages on this website.

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July 2 Drill Team Demonstration

POPCARES FUNDRAISER  at BLF

Thursday, July 2, 2015

5:30 pm

Come watch drill teams from area barns perform to music. The demonstration will be about an hour in length.

Free to all, donations to PopCares are greatly appreciated.

PopCares supports local cancer patients and their families.

Visit POPCARES.ORG for more details.

All of PopCares funds are raised here and stay here to support those with cancer.

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Bonnie Lea Farm is located at 511 North Street, Williamstown, MA 01267. Should it rain, riders will perform in the indoor ring. www.BonnieLea.com

Horse Show – June 28, 2015

Sunday June 28, 2015

NEHC C-Rated – MHC C-Rated   – WNE-PHA Recognized

8:30am start

Judge: Cynsie  Buffinton Broda,

               “R” Hunters, “R” Hunter Seat Equitation, “r” Jumpers,                                S. Londonderry, VT

Steward: Katherine DeSantis “R”, Richmond, MA

Manager & Course Designer: Lisa DeMayo

Secretary: Carin DeMayo-Wall

Vet on Call: Upstate Equine Medical Center (518) 695-3744

Farriers on Call: John Fahey (802) 823-7967 & Tim Wall (802) 823-4674

Tim Wall, Farrier, will be onsite from 8AM to 10AM

EMT Provided through Village Ambulance Service

Food Truck Available

 Prize List – Bonnie Lea Show June 28 2015

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Secretary and Stable (land line) Phone: (413) 458-3149

E-mail: BonnieLeaFarm@gmail.com Website: www.BonnieLea.com

Spectators are welcome, too!

Open House Sunday, May 3

Come join us Sunday, May 3 from 1-4 PM

 At the Open House you can:

  • Watch riding  lessons and demonstrations,
  • Learn how to groom, braid or bathe a horse,
  • Join our Lesson Program,
  • Register for Summer Horse and Farm Sessions,
  • Get details about lessons, instructed trail rides, leasing, training boarding and pony rides.
  • Learn about Williams and MCLA riding opportunities including the Williams College IHSA Program.
  • Join the BLF Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team, coached by Lisa DeMayo.
  • Find out about our adult lesson schedule.
  • Take advantage of our Special Lesson Package. (10 group lessons for $400)
  • Meet our horses, cows, goats, chickens, ducks. Come see this year’s foals (due in April).
  • Discover how you can buy grass fed Highland beef or purchase a pet bovine.
  • Don’t forget to wear your boots!

Due to our many animals, please leave your dogs at home for the Open House, but don’t forget to join the Humane Race on Saturday, May 2.

 

What are your summer plans? Your kids’ plans?

 Love horses? Love all animals?
Want to ride or get your hands dirty?
Want to sleep well at the end of a busy day on the farm? 

At Bonnie Lea Farm, children and teens are compassionate, responsible, confident leaders who learn the farm work ethic. Our riders understand horsemanship and strong equitation go hand in hand, building a safe and strong foundation for whatever the future may hold.

We believe the true farm experience teaches important values and life skills while having fun. The summer experiences at Bonnie Lea Farm allow complete immersion in the care and nurturing of the horses and other animals that depend on us for survival. For over 40 years, kids have grown up at BLF and love to “come home” as often as possible to reconnect. We look forward to your family joining ours. See our Summer Program Page for more details and the summer program documents.

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Becoming a More Confident Rider

I always love to watch the satisfaction of riders when they overcome a new challenge, have that ‘aha’ moment or a ‘first’ experience. Watching from the sidelines as a parent, must be a bit overwhelming if you didn’t grow up on a horse. I know it can be alarming, even if you did. However, I find an amazing sense of calm when watching my sister teach her students, including my own children.

Recently, while doing night chores, I was lucky enough to see a young student canter for the first time. Her smile said it all. That night, her confidence grew as much as her love of horses. I could not help but watch as Lisa’s voice extended the confidence to the rider as she explained the mechanics. Lisa matched the right school horse with the rider to ensure success and continued learning.

I should assume that after 30 years of teaching, she has a tried and true method but I still remain in awe of my sister, Lisa. She supports riders in putting all the pieces together so they have the skills to recreate, to practice, and to take things to the next level. She teaches equitation and horsemanship and in expecting students to give it their best, instills a lifetime of skills that can be applied to all aspects of life.

For the rider that night, it is only the beginning. She has the bug and natural talent. She is already spending more time at the barn to help with chores. I have no doubt she will soon be very comfortable at the canter and look forward to watching another lesson.

– CDW

Newest Rescue at Home

Whiskey, the big draft that joined us at BLF in October, has settled in very well.  He has been eating hay and grain and has been gaining weight at a good pace. He loves being around other horses and seems to be very happy. At this point, he shares turnout with the NY State rescue, that is still with us.

Thank you to the many people that have contacted us to see how they can help Whiskey.  An extra BIG THANK YOU to those of you that have brought grain and hay for Whiskey. We greatly appreciate your support to get him back to health and happiness. Whiskey’s case is interesting. Before letting his horse get even worse, the owner decided the best thing to do was to hand him over legally and have him placed with us.  His care is significant and we are very appreciative of the help we have received. Drafts are big eaters! Next up for Whiskey – he will need his feet done and be wormed.

Picking up Whiskey was a very emotional and hard time. His owner obviously loved the horse and realized that he no longer had the ability to care for him as he needed. This is a very hard decision to make and yet critical for the survival of the animal. He loaded on the trailer with little trouble and traveled well. When we got him back to BLF and he got off the trailer, he was instantly animated at the sight and smells of other horses. Although he had immediate access to food, he was more interested in making friends with those in neighboring paddocks. We should have taken video to share. It was beautiful. People tend to forget that horses are herd animals. They want to be with other horses. It was very clear that Whiskey was happy to make friends.

Rescue at Home

Throughout our many years of boarding and lessons, we have rescued a number of horses and other animals. Rescued animals come to us for a number of reasons. Most come prior to being neglected, because their owners know they will have a happy life at our farm spending time in our paddocks, not a life in a stall.

At Bonnie Lea Farm, our horses are home raised and trained by Lisa. They are known for their kind and gentle manners, talent,  healthy lifestyles and happy demeanor.  At Bonnie Lea Farm, we welcome riders of all levels and ages. Our BLF Family is made up of a mix of wonderful adults and youth. Come be a part of our family! For more information on our programs, please visit the links above.

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Channel 6 News Video

Adult Beginner Lessons

We have added a new Adult Beginner Lesson starting Tuesday, September 23.

Have you always wanted to learn to ride? Do you just want to try a few lessons? Do you want to fulfill a childhood dream? Do you want to find the peace that comes with working with a horse? Whatever the reason, come join your peers on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Please contact  via this site or bonnieleafarm @ gmail  to reserve a spot and learn more about our lesson program.

We have many other opportunities throughout the week for lessons, no matter your level of experience. Weather permitting instructed trail riding is also available.

FALL OPEN HOUSE 9/13

OPEN HOUSE AT BONNIE LEA FARM

Saturday, September 13, 2014
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

7476437816_79787d5a49_zFREE  GUIDED FARM TOURS!
Meet our horses, cows, goats, chickens, & ducks.

  • Sign up for fall lessons.
  • Get details on our lessons, instructed trail rides, leasing, boarding and pony rides.
  • Join the BLF Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team.
  • Learn about Williams and MCLA riding opportunities including the College IHSA program.
  • Find out about our Adult lesson schedule.
  • Take advantage of our FALL Lesson Package Special. (10 group lessons for $400)
  • Meet our horses, cows, goats, chickens, ducks. Come see this year’s foals.
  • Discover how you can buy grass fed beef.
  • See our fall calendar.
  • Don’t forget to wear your boots!

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For more details about our farm, visit
BonnieLea.Com

 511 North Street, Williamstown, MA 01267
Located at Route 7 bridge, 1 mile from rotary

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