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June 29 BLF Horse Show

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

Horse Show

Sunday June 29, 2014

8:30am start

Judge: Betsy Joyce (R), Ballston Spa, NY

Steward: Jocelyn Molitor (C1), Hatfield, MA

PRIZE LIST:  Bonnie Lea Show June 29 2014

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

Spend Your Summer on the Farm!

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 ProgramRegistration 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!

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Additional Adult Lessons

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.

Summer Farm Program – EXPANDED

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.


Looking for Summer Day Camps?

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 FaYoung Riderrm 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.

IMG_4144We 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!

Open House – May 3, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1PM to 4PM
2013-04-22 18.05.54BRING 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.

Abby 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!  (

Don’t forget to wear your boots!

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Adult/Parent Lesson Schedule

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.

Bonnie Lea Farm


April Vacation Week Lease Special


Available to current BLF youth and adult riders

Lease Packages for April 19 – 27

1.) Lease package includes a maximum of 7 rides including one mandatory lesson. Free rides must take place in the morning between 9am and Noon.      $150 (including lesson)

2.) Unrestricted free ride time, maximum of 7 rides including mandatory lesson.      $200 (including lesson)

 Please see Lisa with questions and horse & rider match approval.

WES Summer Camp Fair – Pony Ride Winner!

We had a wonderful time meeting new people and seeing friendly faces at the Williamstown Elementary School Camp Fair on Saturday!

Thank you to those of you that signed up for our email newsletter for a chance to win a pony ride. The Pony Ride winner is Molly Polk.

We have already had registrations and are looking forward to a great summer.  In fact, we have had such a great response to our new Farm Program and even had requests for full day Farm Sessions for older students. Let us know if you are interested so we can accommodate as much as possible. Please see our Summer Programs link for more information about our Horse and Farm Sessions and for the REGISTRATION FORM.

Hope to see you soon!

3/16/14 Clinic – Respect Starts from the Ground

Sunday, March 16, 2014 – Noon to 2 pm


Respect Starts from the Ground
Students of all levels struggle with “reading” horse’s cues, projecting confidence and gaining respect with horses while still remaining calm and kind. Creating mutual respect with your horse creates a safe environment and makes your time together even more enjoyable. Working with your horse in-hand can improve your ride immensely. This clinic can be your first time or a refresher. Come learn techniques to improve your relationship with your horse.

This clinic will help riders of all levels:

  • Easily catch your horse
  • Have a lighter horse at the end of your rope,
  • Make grooming easy,
  • Learn body language & how to react,
  • Project confidence
  • And more.

Bring your horse (and tack) with you. Call Lisa if you need to borrow a horse for the clinic.

RSVP and Questions – email, respond on FB or call Lisa.
We hope to see you soon, Sunday.