We have had a very busy summer!!! Summer Horse and Farm Program participants had tons of fun and we enjoyed meeting so many new kids and their families. It is always great to see our regulars, too.
We have been so busy that we are going to give the horses a vacation. Starting August 24, the horses will be taking a break from lessons, pony and trail rides through Labor Day. Our regular lessons will start again on Tuesday, September 2.
It is important for the mental and physical health of our horses to give them a break and let them relax. You know how you feel after returning from a few days away from the norm? That is what they need. At BLF, we strongly believe that horses need time to out of the ring to just be horses.
The fall is shaping up to be full of fun as well. Keep posted for our upcoming Open House in mid September. We will be providing information and scheduling our fall lessons. Of course we will also be introducing new comers to the farm. The Open House will also be a great time to stop in and see this year’s babies and how much they have grown.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! See you soon.
Please stop by to see the 4-Horse Aluminum Sundowner. It is in great shape. Side ramp and back door entrances.
$15,000 asking price.
We also have other barn family members selling trailers. One is a standard 2-horse while the other is a lovely 2-horse goose-neck with tackroom/sleeping area. We can put you in touch with them if you are interested.
We just wanted to keep everyone posted on availability of the summer programs. We will continue to update as needed.
We still have some space in the following weeks, (with kids already registered and the programs running).
July 14 – Horse Program and Farm Program
July 21 – Horse Program/ Full Day Farm Program (No half-day Farm)
August 4 – Half-day Farm Program (FULL – NO SPACE)
August 11 – Horse Program and Full Day Farm or Combo Only (No half-day Farm)
August 18 – Horse and Farm Program (Full & Half Day)
Please contact us through this site or via email at BonnieLeaFarm@gmail.com. Hope you can come join in the fun!
NEHC C-Rated - MHC C-Rated - WNE-PHA Recognized
Sunday June 29, 2014
Judge: Betsy Joyce (R), Ballston Spa, NY
Steward: Jocelyn Molitor (C1), Hatfield, MA
Submit entries prior to 5pm Friday, June 27 to be eligible to win a free day of showing!
BLF Horse Show Entry Form 2014
Manager & Course Designer: Lisa DeMayo
Secretary: Carin DeMayo-Wall
Vet on Call: Arlington Equine (802) 375-9322
Farrier on Call: Matt Reopel (413) 330-5633
EMT Provided by Village Ambulance Service
Food Truck: Paris & Ty’s Just Wicked Good Food
Secretary and Stable Phone: (413) 458–3149
Love animals? Love horses?
Want to 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.
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 general details and the links below for summer program documents.
Horse Program - Farm Program – Registration Form
BLF has had several requests for expanding our summer programming. We have added a week (7/14) of the regular Horse Program
in addition to the special week for teen and adult beginners. BLF is also offering half and full day Farm Program
throughout the summer and a full day Horse & Farm combination.
We are excited that in addition to the younger participants there are teens and preteens that want to spend the summer on the farm.
Hope your family can join us!
For those of you that have been calling, the plans for additional adult lessons have been finalized.
Beginner Adults – Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.
Returning Adult Riders – Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.
Please call Lisa (or use our contact page) to let her know you are coming or if you have any questions.
Thanks to everyone who came to the Open House! We were excited to meet all of the new visitors and see our old friends and family. We really appreciated the feedback from the visitors and the recent phone calls regarding our Summer Programs.
As a result of the feedback, we are offering full day Farm Sessions throughout the summer. We have a number of older youth that are interested in traditional farm work and more advance farm projects such as roofing the goat shed, working on rain water collection systems and creating a duck “pond.” If this is something you or your child would enjoy, please contact us.
We are also offering a Horse/Farm Combo Session that will be a morning Horse Session with lesson and Farm Session in the afternoon. More details will be on the Summer Program page shortly!
We are trying to be as accommodating as possible with our summer schedule. So, please continue to share your feedback.
Do you live in or want to visit the Berkshires this summer? Need a safe place for your kids to have fun while you enjoy The Clark Art, Mass MoCA, the Norman Rockwell Museum, go hiking or biking, or visit Trustees of Reservations and other historical sites?
Let your child or teen discover farm life, learn to ride, or advance his or her equitation and horsemanship skills. This year Bonnie Lea Farm is offering two options – Horse Sessions and Farm Sessions.
Life on the farm is about getting your hands dirty and finding a sense of accomplishment. Whether a horse, cow or duck, every animal teaches us – to be more patient, to be calm and caring and to be aware of how our actions affect the animal’s health and behavior. Life on the farm lets us learn about ourselves, become confident, meet new friends, and have tons of fun.
Bonnie Lea Farm has been nurturing and training riders and horses for over 30 years. We believe strongly in the importance of safety, honesty and riding because it brings joy. We have talented instructors with proven teaching practices and years of continuing education and learning. The Summer Horse Program is a perfect opportunity for beginners to start riding and for intermediate and advanced riders to have the time to focus on their technique and improve riding by improving overall horsemanship.
For 2014, Bonnie Lea Farm is expanding the Summer Program to include Farm Sessions, in addition to the Summer Horse Sessions. Please see our SUMMER PROGRAMS link above for more details on these sessions. We had previous riders that requesting the opportunity to work with a wider variety of animals and younger students not quite ready for the Horse Program. As a result, Farm Sessions for those 5 years and up.
We have already had inquiries for additional weeks and extended days of Farm Sessions. Please let us know if you have any special requests or suggestions so we can try to accommodate where possible. Your feedback is appreciated.
Riders and animals are part of the DeMayo’s extended family, which grows every year. This year, young farmers will join the ranks. We hope to include you in the Bonnie Lea Farm Family!
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1PM to 4PM
BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY -
- Meet our horses, cows, goats, chickens, ducks and our newest additions to the farm. We have chicks, calves, and hopefully the foal will have arrived.
- Learn about our Summer Horse and Farm Programs.
- Get details on our lessons, instructed trail rides, leasing, boarding and pony rides.
- Support the IEA team and have a pony ride. ($5 suggested donation).
- Join the BLF Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team.
- Discover how you can buy grass fed beef.
- Lesson package special will be available.
- Find out about our Adult lesson schedule.
Due to the many animals at the farm, please leave your dogs at home, but don’t forget to participate in the Humane Race before you come to the farm! ( http://humanerace.org/)
Don’t forget to wear your boots!
A few parents of current riders have requested time on the lesson schedule to get back in the saddle. If you are a beginner or have not been riding in a while, please come join the fun!
Lessons will be available on Sundays at 11 am and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. You will want to come about 15 minutes prior to the lesson to tack up (with plenty of help if you need it). $45 per lesson. Please be in touch via email, stop by the barn , or call Lisa. (See Contact page.) The Sunday schedule will likely change during the show season, but it will be a great way to kick off the spring.
Hope to see you soon.