Summer Programs

Thanks for a great summer! We hope to see everyone again next year!

Northern Berkshire’s beloved equestrian center is offering several week-long riding options for the summer of 2021. Come learn from a USHJA Certified Trainer!

SUMMER 2021 REGISTRATION: online form.

(Limited slots available.)
June 21-25 (Full Day – limited to advanced beginners and higher*)
June 28-July 2 (FULL-CLOSED
July 5-8 (4 day week, Full Day) (FULL-CLOSED)
(Optional July 9 home show participation)
July 19-23 (FULL-CLOSED)

(Limited space available.)
August 2-6 (Full Day – 5th grade and older) (FULL-CLOSED)
August 16-20 (Half Day for ages 5 to 10 years) (FULL-CLOSED)
Half Day from 9-Noon,  Full Day from 9-3 PM.
Full Day Horse Program $835 ($300 deposit)
Special 4 Day Horse Programs $660 ($200 deposit)

Half Day Horse Program $575 ($200 deposit)
Full Day Farm Program $575 ($200 deposit)
Half Day Farm Program $295 ($100 deposit)
Deposit is due at time of registration to hold space.
Sorry, due to limited capacity we are unable to hold spaces.

Special Supervised Leasing for those with pre-approval and appropriate match. Riders must be able to tack up independently. Supervised leasing is $775 per week.
July 12-16
July 26-30
August 9-13
August 16-20

This summer includes our HORSE PROGRAM and a week of our FARM 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. We offer afternoon lessons and leasing year-round.

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Younger students can learn about the skills farmers and dedicated equestrians (riders) need to be successful through the Farm Program. Many of our farm program participants go on to learn to ride with greater confidence and skill due to their summer experiences.

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 and other animals 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


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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. Although helmets will be provided, participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own helmets. (Please feel free to contact us with questions regarding the purchase of a helmet. 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 lesson is limited.

If the summer programs won’t work for you, Bonnie Lea Farm also offers regularly scheduled lessons and pony rides.  One-hour group lessons are  $75 per lesson for students, ages 8 and up.  Pony rides can be scheduled for the younger rider and are $75 per pony ride of 20 minutes.

BLF Shows are open to all riders, including beginners. BLF Horse Shows are on August 15. Cost is $75 each for coaching and horse use, plus entry fees. Ask for our “Showing With BLF” for more details.

We look forward to Showing in 2021 after not showing in 2020. 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. 

Multi-Day Shows $1,750-2,500+ plus food and entry fees.
($1,250-1,750 for those in a full lease or who own your horse.)
Commitment must be made prior to May 1. Space is limited.
$500 deposit due by May 1. We encourage our regular 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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