Summer is flying by but there is still a lot going on at Bonnie Lea Farm!
More riders learned this summer how much fun BLF has at the GMHA Hunter/Jumper shows. These are a few shots from the July show. Ribbons from all the rings – equitation, jumpers and hunters!!!!
We are excited to have Ms. Andi Hengen (R) as our judge for the day. Come join us. Details can be found on the horse show page – https://bonnielea.com/blf-horse-show/.
Because of the uptick in COVID and for a much smoother show experience, we are requiring everyone to preregister by 8 PM on the Friday before the show. You can scratch without any penalty but you must preregister to get a number for the show on Sunday. Thanks for understanding.
While we will not have a food booth, there are a number of places to get food not far from us. Hope to see you soon!
A number of BLF riders celebrated the end of the show season at the Annual WNE-PHA Banquet, taking home ribbons, prizes, raffle baskets and BIG SMILES. It was the culmination of a fun year of showing with a lot of personal growth and improved horsemanship and equitation. We would be remiss if we did not mention the support of parents and families who help our riders in their progress. The BLF Family is proud of all of our rider’s accomplishments this past season and we look forward to another year of growth and FUN!
Enjoy some Banquet photos. (Thank you to Amie and Jen for photos – luckily they didn’t have the stomach bug!) Thank you to those involved in organizing the event and running the WNE-PHA. We appreciate all the work you do to keep this organization running.
Thank you for a great 2019. Be sure to sign up for the WNEPHA Award Ceremony in February if you plan to attend.
2020 will bring some new friends, as a number of riders joined us at the end of the 2019 show season. It should be a fun show year. Keep in mind, we will be looking at the show schedules and need to identify as a farm, what shows we will attend. Please start speaking to Lisa now if you know you plan to join the GMHA, Northampton or other multi-day shows.
If you plan to lease for 2020 or for the summer of 2020, please let Lisa know immediately. Leases impact the number of spots available for the summer programs. We like to plan ahead.
Our summer program schedule is in the works and is dependent on the WNEPHA and other show schedules. Be in touch.
If you are looking to join spring lessons, please be sure to contact us in April to be sure to get on the schedule. The fall lesson schedule was extremely busy. Unfortunately, spots are not guaranteed.
Sunday August 5, 2018 Horse Show WNE-PHA Recognized
The day will start with our more advanced riders in the jumper divisions and then will lead into our equitation and hunter classes.
We are excited to have USEF Judge, Doug Raucher, “r” join us on August 5. Riders and trainers, please use the links below for more details. Spectators are most welcome. Food booth by local diner, The Chef’s Hat for breakfast and lunch.
NOTE: We have combined Modified Juniors and Juniors but will split if entries warrant.
BLF ONLINE ENTRY FORM AUGUST 5
– Save $10 if submitted before 7:00 PM Friday prior to show.
Judge: Doug Raucher, “r” Easthampton, MA
Manager & Course Designer: Lisa DeMayo
Secretary: Carin DeMayo-Wall
Vet on Call: Upstate Equine Medical Center (518) 695-3744
Farriers on Call: Tim Wall (802) 823-4674 & John Fahey (802) 823-7967
EMT on site and Village Ambulance Service on call
Food Booth Available (Chef’s Hat Restaurant)
(413)441-6349 and (Mobile) Stable Phone: (413) 458-3149
– Save $10 if submitted before 7:00 PM Friday prior to show.
A big thank you to our Sponsors! Our July 1 and August 5 Shows will have gift certificates as some of the prizes.
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Showing with BLF
At BLF, we will not require anyone to show, nor will we pressure riders by asking. ALL riders are always welcome to show, so please let us know if you are interested. We have included a list of shows to let you know what is available, but we feel strongly that riders and parents need to speak to us so that we do not push a big financial decision on you. Again, all BLF riders are always welcome to show and we welcome your questions and discussion of what works for you or your child.
If you or your rider is interested in showing, there are a lot of little things to learn so the experience is more fun and meaningful. A rider can choose to show or not to show, go to one show a year, or sign up for every show that BLF is attending. Everyone has different budgets and time available. This information is intended to help you understand a little more about showing so you can decide what is right for you or your family. Often students who are curious about showing start with our annual show, which is historically the last Sunday in June or first Sunday in July.
Every horse show has entry fees for each class (usually $15-$35 per class), office fees ($15-$25 average) and sometimes warm up fees ($15-25). WNE-PHA and MHC affiliated shows each have a $1 fee mandated by the organizations. These organizations have annual dues ($30ish) and year-end awards based on accumulated points throughout the show season. Western New England Professional Horsemen’s Association (WNE-PHA) is the most local and typically the first affiliation that those showing choose. Others include MHC, NEHC, and USEF. In order to go into a Medal Class, you must be affiliated with the stated organization in the prize list (class listings).
On each show’s entry blank, students (youth and adults) are asked to have their coach/trainer sign, in addition to the parent (if under 18) and horse owner. For safety and growth as an equestrian, it is important to have your coach with you.
A newer rider usually rides in one division consisting of 3 or 4 classes. An intermediate rider will often show in one or two divisions: an equitation division and a hunter or pleasure division. An advanced rider may enter more classes or ride more than one horse.
Available shows will be listed ahead of time in the barn and sign-up with your instructor is required. We ask that parents sign the entry forms a week ahead so we can plan trucking and staff accordingly. Starting in 2018, the larger shows are requiring chipping in order to insure that horses have been vaccinated and are healthy.
Here is a printable version with associated costs for 2018:
2018 Showing with BLF
This year’s horse show list is in the barn. Please speak to Lisa if you have any questions.