Summer Programs

**** We are disappointed that this summer will be very different from the past. In order to remain in compliance with state protocols, we are offering lessons and leasing with very strict time schedules to limit the number of people at BLF at one time. You can find our new protocols on this website – https://bonnielea.com/covid-19-protocol-at-blf/.

Unfortunately, to remain in compliance with the state, WE ARE NOT able to welcome visitors until further notice. You may view the horses from the fence line which runs parallel with Route 7. We have been trying to put this summer’s foals in the front paddock during the day so people can enjoy the view. Please do not touch them or come down the driveway. We have strict protocols for signing in and contact tracing. We appreciate your help in keeping everyone safe!!

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Northern Berkshire’s beloved equestrian center is offering several week-long riding options for the summer of 2020. Come learn from a USHJA Certified Trainer!

We look forward to summer. For those interested in multi-day horse show weeks or summer leasing, please speak to Lisa ASAP, as space is limited. Thank you for your patience in awaiting the schedule.

SUMMER 2020 REGISTRATION: online form.

2020
HORSE PROGRAM
(Limited slots available per session.)
June 22-26 (Full and Half Day)
June 28 BLF Horse Show at Home
June 29-July 3 (Full and Half Day)

July 9-12 GMHA AWAY Show
July 14-17 (4 day week, Full Day Only)
July 20-24 (Full Day Only, Friday Local Show)
July 26 BLF Horse Show at Home
July 27-31 (Full and Half Day)
August 5-9 AIR Northampton AWAY Show

(August 14-16 GMHA AWAY Show – tentative)
August 17-21 (Full and Half Day)

FARM PROGRAM
August 10-14 (Full and Half Day)
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* Half Day from 9-Noon,  Full Day from 9-3 PM.
Tuition:
Full Day Horse Program $735 ($300 deposit)
Full Day Horse Program $850 with all Show Fees Included.
Special 4 Day Horse Programs $590 ($200 deposit)
Half Day Horse Program $490 ($200 deposit)
Full Day Farm Program $445 ($200 deposit)
Half Day Farm Program $245 ($100 deposit)
Deposit is due at time of registration to hold space.

BLF Shows are open to all riders, including beginners. BLF Horse Shows are on June 28 and July 26. Cost is $75 each for coaching and horse use, plus entry fees. Ask for our “Showing With BLF” for more details.

MULTI-DAY AWAY SHOWS
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 April 1. Space is limited.
$500 deposit due by April 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. 

Several riders have expressed interested in showing at a higher level. The GMHA and AIR Northampton shows are perfect opportunities to challenge riders to more advanced showing. These shows are beyond the standard, local Sunday horse show and are multi-day shows that are out of the area. GMHA and NOHO horse show pricing includes horse lease, coaching, trucking and housing but does not include show entries and food. Additional cost for parents’ housing or families can choose to obtain their own housing. All riders need approval from Lisa to participate in GMHA and Northampton shows. A minimum number of riders will be needed for Lisa to be able to coach at each show.

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
HORSE PROGRAM and  FARM PROGRAM

REGISTER NOW: BLF REGISTRATION 2020

BLF Summer Program Tips – Please read.

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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 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 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 $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:

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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