Summer Programs

Northern Berkshire’s beloved equestrian center is offering several week-long riding options for the summer of 2022. Come learn from a USHJA Certified Trainer!
This year, we will be offering 5 weeks of our summer horse program. Two of the five weeks include half-day programming for kids 5 and up. 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. 

SUMMER 2022 REGISTRATION: online form.

2022
HORSE PROGRAM
(Limited slots available. We will note when there are less than 5 spots left.)
June 20-24 (Full Day) (closed)
June 27-July 1 (Full Day and Half Day option**) (CLOSED/FULL)

July 19-22 (Full Day – 4 DAY) (CLOSED)
July 26-29 (Full Day – 4 DAY) (CLOSED)
August 1-5 (Full Day (FULL) and Half Day option** (FULL) 

**Half Day option eligibility is 5 years and up.
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Half Day from 9-Noon (5 years and older, ideal for beginners)
Full Day from 9-3 PM (All levels, must be 7 yr and up with stamina).
Tuition:
Full Day Horse Program $895 ($300 deposit)
Special 4 Day Horse Programs $725 ($300 deposit)

Half Day Horse Program $595 ($200 deposit)

Deposit is due at time of registration to hold space.
Sorry, due to limited capacity we are unable to hold spaces without a deposit.

Special Supervised Leasing for those with pre-approval and appropriate match.
Riders must be able to tack up independently. Supervised leasing is $795 per week.
SUPERVISED LEASING Weeks available:
July 5-8 (must be already riding with BLF)
July 11-15 (for those going to GMHA Horse Show)
*** Contact us if you are looking for additional lease weeks.

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. We offer afternoon lessons and leasing year-round.

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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
HORSE PROGRAM and  FARM PROGRAM

REGISTER NOW:
BLF REGISTRATION 2022

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 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 2022 after a hectic return to showing in 2021. 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 AWAY SHOWS
Multi-Day Shows $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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