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We are sad to say that every year we have to turn away kids for our summer programs due to our limited number of slots. Safety comes first. Register as soon as you can.
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.
SPECIAL LEASE OPTION
Available to current BLF youth and adult riders
Lease Package –
Friday, February 16 through February 25, 2018
$425 for specific horse (IE Geronimo, Sassy, Tira, Max, Twitchy, etc.)
Lease package includes a maximum of 9 rides including one mandatory lesson.
** Special** Students may join a lesson on each day Lisa is teaching. Please arrange which lesson in advance. Rides (not during lessons) should be at a time when others are at the barn ending before 5PM. Please make arrangements with Lisa for further details and horse/rider match approval.
Summer registration information was just sent out. To add your name to our summer list, use the sign-up form to the left or read our newsletter… http://mailchi.mp/c0384dbb2e2f/bonnie-lea-summer-2018
Every year we try to get the summer program schedule together as quickly as possible, but often the delay is due to nailing down the summer horse show schedule. Thanks for your patience!
Horse Program Weeks
June 25-29 (half and full day)
July 2-6 (Invitational – Adv. Beginner-Intermediate Only)
July 23-27 (Full Day only with Friday Show)
July 30-August 3 (Invitational – Advanced Riders Only)
August 13-17 (half and full day)
Farm Program Weeks
* Half Day from 9-Noon, Full Day from 9-3 PM.
**Beginner Group Lessons are available during Farm weeks for additional fee.
To register, use this online form _ COMING SOON.
We hope you can join us!
Save the Dates:
July 1 – BLF Horse Show
August 5 – BLF Jumper Show
Come join the BLF AEL Team
Informational and planning meeting
Monday, September 25 at 4:30 pm
More details here: http://www.athleticequestrian.com/
Contact Lisa with questions. Parents don’t need to attend if unable. Just come off the school bus if you don’t have a ride.
What a wonderful and very busy summer. Thank you to all you who joined us. We are excited as we look forward to the fall. The lesson schedule is being developed right now. Be sure to be in touch if you have not already as there’s going to be a waiting list this fall.
The BLF IEA team has been replaced by the BLF AEL team. We are very excited about the learning opportunity that the Atheletic Equestrian League brings to riders of all ages and levels. In particular, we like how each competitor receives written feedback at the end of the day so each show has a clinic like learning experience. Please find details at their website or speak to Lisa. http://www.athleticequestrian.com
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.
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!