Lisa DeMayo is the primary instructor at Bonnie Lea Farm. She has been licensed to teach riding in Massachusetts for over 20 years (since she was 16 years old.) She is a graduate of Boston College with a major in education. Lisa continues to master her own riding technique and training through participating in clinics, showing and reading. She has ridden with George Morris, Frank Madden, Tom Curtin, Greg Best and Dan Kelly. Other qualified instructors assist with teaching on the weekends and during the summer.
At Bonnie Lea Farm, safety comes first; the safety of the rider and the horse. We encourage riders to own their helmets, although helmets are on hand at the farm. All riders must wear helmets and proper footwear.
Lessons are offered Tuesday through Friday during the day and early evenings. Group lessons are usually 3 to 5 riders. A private lesson is suggested for first time students.
1 Hour Group Lesson – $45
1/2 Hour Private Lesson – $55
1 Hour Semi-Private Lesson – $65
1 Hour Private Lesson – $95
DeMayos’ Bonnie Lea Farm lessons are divided into levels of ability. Although many students get attached to a particular horse, it is very important for riders to become versatile and more skilled by riding different horses. Learning proper care of the horse and equipment is just as important as learning to ride.
Trying to identify your level?
- Beginner – learning balance, steering, leg yield, and learning to walk and trot
- Advanced Beginner – continue to improve walk and trot (with correct diagonal), learning to canter and possibly jump cross-rails
- Intermediate – continue to improve flat work (including yielding & bending) and begin jumping a course AND learn to polish skills (PHA Maiden)
- Advanced Intermediate – (PHA Novice) Can already jump a course (building to 2’6) AND continue to improve flat work (including bending, riding “round”)
- Advanced – (PHA Limit and Open Riders) Advanced flat work, training techniques, Jump solid 3′ course.
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