Summer Programs

Northern Berkshire’s beloved equestrian center is offering several week-long riding options for the summer of 2023. Come learn from a USHJA Certified Trainer! *** Added a Horse Program week July 31-Aug 4!
This year, we will be offering 4 weeks of our summer horse program.  Sadly, the summer is too short and we will not be able to offer our farm program this year. We are trying to work around the show season so offerings are limited. There may be an additional horse week added. Stay tuned.

SUMMER 2023 REGISTRATION: online form.

(Limited slots available. We will note when there are less than 5 spots left.)

JUNE 27-30 (Full Day, Tue- Fri) –TRAIL WEEK, prior approval needed (FULL)

JULY 5-7 (Full Day, Wed-Fri) – Beginners & Boot Camp Week
for beginners to adv. beg = not yet jumping a full course

JULY 18-22 (Full Day, Tue-Sat) – Showing & Equitation (Note Tue through SATURDAY)
BLF PHA Horse Show on Sunday (participants eligible to participate, more details available)

July 25-28 (Full Day, Tue-Fri) – Equitation & Horsemanship

July 31-August 4 (Full Day, Mon-Fri) – Equitation & Horsemanship
Full Day from 9-3 PM (All levels, must be 7 yr and up with stamina).
5 Day Horse Program $895 ($300 deposit)
4 Day Trail Program $765 ($300 deposit – must have pre-approval from Lisa)
4 Day Horse Program
$725 ($300 deposit)
3 Day Horse Program $595 ($200 deposit)

Deposit is due at time of registration to hold space.
With limited capacity we are unable to hold spaces without a deposit. Balance due by June 1.

Special Supervised Leasing may be available.  Must have pre-approval and appropriate match.
Riders must be able to tack up independently and WTC. Supervised leasing is $795 per week with assigned schedules.

This summer includes our HORSE PROGRAM.  With a demand for more showing each year, we are trying to make sure that our summer program schedule and showing schedule are in the best interest of the horses and year round students. If the summer program is not an option, perhaps afternoon lessons will fit your schedule.

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TO REGISTER, use this online form

We hope you can join us!

At Bonnie Lea Farm, children and teens are compassionate, responsible, confident leaders who learn the farm work ethic.

We believe the Bonnie Lea experience teaches important values and life skills while having fun. The summer experiences allow complete immersion in the care and nurturing of the horses 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.

For more details, see  our webpages for


BLF Summer Program Tips – Please read.

For returning riders, please contact us if you are interested in afternoon lessons, showing, or leasing,  to get on the schedule. Lease options are already becoming limited. We encourage riders to consider leasing for the spring, summer and fall. The best way to improve your equitation and horsemanship is to ride daily. For those just learning to ride that have not mastered tacking up and the confidence and safety for independent riding, we hope you will join us for half or full day horse program sessions.

Safety is the first priority and students will not be allowed to ride without helmets and proper gear. All students should arrive with their own (properly fitted) helmets. (Please feel free to contact us with questions regarding the purchase of a helmet. Dover Saddlery in Latham NY is able to properly fit helmets. Those who want to show should have a matte black helmet. We may have coupons available so please ask.) Boots with a small heel are required. Students need long pants for riding. Long hair must be tied back and no jewelry should be worn. The number of students per session is limited.

If the summer programs won’t work for you, Bonnie Lea Farm also offers regularly scheduled lessons and pony rides by appointment.  

BLF Shows are open to all riders, including beginners. BLF Horse Shows are typically in June and July. Cost is $75 coaching, $75 to $125 horse use (depending on horse), plus entry fees. Ask for our “Showing With BLF” for more details.

We look forward to Showing in 2023. For those interested in PHA shows, multi-day horse show weeks or summer leasing, please speak to Lisa. Larger multi-day shows include Saratoga, GMHA, HITS. The larger shows need advanced planning and registration. 

Multi-Day Shows average $1,750-2,500+ plus food and entry fees.
($1,500-2,000 for those in a full lease or who own your horse.)
Commitment must be made well in advance, ideally May 1. Space is limited.
Deposits will be expected for shows that require stalls, and housing accommodations. We encourage our riders who want to move beyond PHA to attend these shows this year so we can, as a team, look to other larger shows. 

 Visiting the Beautiful Berkshires?

If you are coming from out of town and need a place to stay, consider the following clean accommodations:

The Williams Inn, Williamstown, MA
Berkshire Hills, Williamstown, MA
The Porches, North Adams, MA
Jiminy Peak Resort, Hancock MA
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Williamstown, MA
Or visit The Williamstown Chamber for more options and things to do.

There are so many wonderful activities in the Berkshires. It is a vacation area that has something for everyone. Art, theater, dance, music, historical architecture, hiking, biking,  camping, sports camps at Williams College, and much more!

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