Category Archives: Barn News

BLF AEL Team Success At Nationals

The Bonnie Lea Athletic Equestrian League Team had an outstanding day at the AEL National Competition. Three of the seven riders won their divisions for the day. Each division includes a flat class, over fences/pattern class and a practicum that tests horsemanship knowledge.

Coach Lisa said she was incredibly proud of all of her riders. Everyone had solid rides and learned something from the day. The team members and families reported that they had tons of fun and cannot wait to start up the new AEL year.

AEL registrations start in June. Bonnie Lea hopes to host one or two AEL shows in the coming AEL year. Contact us for more information.

BLF AEL Team Heading to AEL Nationals!

On May 12, seven BLF AEL Team riders will be heading to the Athletic Equestrian League’s National Competition hosted at Mount Holyoke College.

We wish each rider luck in her/his flat class, fences and practicums!

With the first year almost complete, we are already looking forward to our second year of AEL competitions. Want to learn more about the AEL? Visit our AEL page and  the AEL website –  New youth and adult members are welcome.

GMHA Success!

The crew of horses and riders returned from GMHA with huge smiles, miles of mud on their shoes and lots of ribbons! While the rain was in full force on Thursday, things got better as the weekend came along.

One mom reported her daughter “had the time of her life” just as we suspected she would. Everyone had fun, learned a lot and got to know fellow riders and parents. GMHA is always a favorite of BLF alumni.

We make arrangements for housing in March. If you are interested in more details about joining the BLF riders and Lisa at GMHA next year, please let us know so we can send along the information in January or February of 2018.

GMHA Bound!

We have a large crew heading with about 20 horses up to Green Mountain Horse Association’s multi-day Hunter/Jumper Show this week. This is going to be a very busy week at BLF! Wishing all of our riders the best of luck and lots of fun!

GMHA is the show that many of our BLF alumni recall as their all time favorite. The large group rents a big house and the horses stay on the grounds with night watch. The grounds for the show include 3 wonderful rings. Riders of all levels are able to enjoy challenging themselves to do their best as they work with their horses in various equitation, hunter and jumper classes.

The best part of this show seems to be the fun that all of the riders have together. Lisa particularly likes that there is VERY limited cell service on the grounds and much more face to face time among riders. The equestrians are not the only ones enjoying the show – the parents and grandparents seem just as pleased with the beautiful surroundings and low stress atmosphere of GMHA Shows.

Love to ride but not show? You may want to speak to Lisa about our adult riders’ annual trek to GMHA in September for the Fall Foliage Pleasure Ride!


June Newsletter

Here are our June Updates

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July 2 Show – Announced!

We are excited to announce that we have added Pony Hunter and Open Working Hunter Divisions this year.

**Submit entry prior to 7 PM on June 30 and the Office/Schooling Fee will discounted by $10.

BLF Show July 2 2017 Prize List
BLF Time Schedule July 2 2017
(Note: Beginner Judge in indoor to allow for schooling in outdoor until 9. )

Online Entry Form

*SAVE $10! Entries submitted by 7PM the Friday night prior to the show will receive $10 discount on Office/Schooling Fee.

BLF Hunter/Equitation Horse Show
Sunday July 2, 2017

 WNE-PHA Recognized
8:30am start

Judge: Skip Billingham,
Hunter/Jumper Carded, Framingham, MA

Separate Beginner Judge and Ring 8:30 Start

 Manager & Course Designer: Lisa DeMayo
Secretary: Carin DeMayo-Wall
Food Booth by the Chef’s Hat Restaurant
Vet on Call: Upstate Equine Medical Center (518) 695-3744
Farriers on Call:
John Fahey (802) 823-7967 & Tim Wall (802) 823-4674
EMT on call – Village Ambulance Service

Entry Fees:
Office & Schooling Fee: $20 per horse/rider combination
WNE-PHA Fee $3 per entry
Classes: $20 each (exceptions below)
Medal Classes: $25 each
Leadline Class: $15 per rider

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Spectators are welcome, too!
We hope to see you!

DIRECTIONS From the South: Take Route 7N into the center of Williamstown, MA (intersection of Routes 2 and 7 at the Village Green), continue on 7N toward Pownal/Bennington VT for one mile measuring from the split of Route 2East. Bonnie Lea Farm is located at the foot of the bridge, on the left side, the second driveway past the Hemlock Brook Condominiums.From the North: Take Route 7S into Williamstown, MA, 1.5 miles from the Vermont Line. Proceed over large bridge slowly as the driveway is at the base of the bridge on the right. Continue through the gates toward the barn parking lot.