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Hunter Pace and Costumes!


Friday, October 30, 2015   3:30 Start

Sunday, November 1, 2015 Noon Start

  • Teams of 1-4 riders
  • Timed ride, with placings based on collective average time of all teams, not on speed.
  • $30 Entry per horse/rider combination
  • Higher and lower options will be available for some jumps. Riders will be able to go around fences if desired.


  • Costume Class/Parade for anyone interested (speak to Lisa if you need to borrow a horse, donkey or goat). $10 per entry
  • Prizes for Best Costume & Most Creative

Entry form for Hunter Paces and Costume Class: Hunter-Pace-Entry-Blank-2015


Summer Programs Filled

Summer on the Farm has been VERY busy.

Thank you for the incredible interest and participation in our summer youth programs. We have had to close the registrations to keep the size of the groups appropriate for the program and staff.

If you are interested in lessons, we may have some availability on a week day in the late afternoon.  Please contact us via the contact page to arrange lessons.


                 Summer Program Registrations are CLOSED.  No additional registrations will be accepted.

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 –

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.


July 2 Drill Team Demonstration


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.


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

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

Entry Blank – Horse-Show-Entry-Blank-2015

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

E-mail: Website:

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.


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.


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.