2018 HORSE & FARM Programs
With expanding interest in riding and showing, we are changing our schedule a bit this summer to meet the needs of our current and returning riders. We offer lessons and leasing year-round. This summer includes our HORSE PROGRAM and our FARM PROGRAM, with optional beginner riding lessons for full day farm program participants.
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.
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.
At Bonnie Lea Farm, children and teens are compassionate, responsible, confident leaders who learn the farm work ethic.
We believe the true farm experience teaches important values and life skills while having fun. The summer experiences at Bonnie Lea Farm 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.
To register, use this ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.
For returning riders, please contact us if you are interested in afternoon lessons, showing, or leasing, to get on the schedule. 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 encouraged to bring their own. (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.
Bonnie Lea Farm also offers regularly scheduled summer lessons and pony rides. One-hour group lessons are $55 per lesson for students, ages 8 and up. Pony rides can be scheduled for the younger rider and are $50 per pony ride of 20 minutes.
Group or birthday pony ride events are also available starting at $450. Please call for details.
Visting the Beautiful Berkshires?
If you are coming from out of town and need a place to stay, consider the following clean accommodations:
- Berkshire Hills, Williamstown, MA
- The Porches, North Adams, MA
- Jiminy Peak Resort, Hancock MA
- Coming Soon: Courtyard by Marriott in Williamstown
- 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!