Soy FREE Feed – Board at BLF

Why board at Bonnie Lea? We are so committed to the wellbeing of horses that we have been leading the charge for soy free grain. We now feed a soy free pellet and/or soy free sweet according to our horses different needs.

We started last fall and removed soy from almost all of our horses feed. Gut health was the biggest reason for us to make the changes but the results have been outstanding. Metabolic horse? Cushings? Ulcers? Girthy? Dull coat? Tucked up? Mechanical issues? Let’s talk.

The results have been even better than we expected. Want to know more, please come speak to us about boarding at BLF and the benefits of soy free feed.

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.

What Are Your Horse Show Plans?

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.

February Vacation Lease


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.


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
July 9-13
August 6-10
August 20-24
* 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

Join the Athletic Equestrian League

Come join the BLF AEL Team

Informational and planning meeting
Monday, September 25 at 4:30 pm

More details here:

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.


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