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What's Going on at Babcock Hill!


Versatility Clinics

Sunday 10/4 Come practice your versatility skills.
12pm-beginner, 1pm-intermediate and 2pm-advanced. Limited to 5 horse/rider combos per level. Cost is $30.

Sunday 11/8 Come practice your versatility skills.
12pm-beginner, 1pm-intermediate and 2pm-advanced. Limited to 5 horse/rider combos per level. Cost is $30.

Versatility Competitions

(What is Versatility? Taking your horse through a series of obstacles and challenges. It may be done mounted or in hand. Fun for horse and rider! Photos from previous competitions)

Saturday June 20

The results are in. Everyone was a winner! Check the photos.

Future Versatility Competitions

Saturday 10/10 10am

Saturday 11/21 10am

Other Clinics and Special Events


Train the Horse Project: Meet Stormy our 4yo Morgan foster horse. Learn the process (hands on) it takes to train a horse. From being touched, to leading, to starting under saddle. Contact Dawn for information. 860-985-7611.
Wednesdays 5:30-7pm and Saturdays 1-2:30pm. Cost is $15.

Watch Video of Stormy in Action!

Introduction to Barrel Racing

Sunday July 26, 2015
English and Western Riders Welcome!  This class will focus on riding skills used in barrel racing. For the first hour, we will practice skills such as: understanding the pattern; rein management when riding small circles; disengaging hind quarters around barrels; and, changing the diagonal. A barrel-racing competition will be the final half hour. The fastest time wins. Competition rules will be distributed prior to class. The class and the competition are at trot only. Class will begin promptly at 12PM (until ~1:30PM) in the large outdoor arena. Helmets and appropriate riding clothes are required, along with the ability to ride and control your horse at the trot.  Lesson horses will be available upon request and availability, if you do not have your own horse, but wish to participate.  Cost:$45  Please contact Kristine Mika for more information or to sign up:kristinemika@yahoo.com or 860-798-7588


Horsemanship Camp:  Great opportunity for kids to learn more about natural horsemanship, spend the day with horses, build a relationship with them and meet new friends.  Just being around horses does wonders to boost the natural health of the human body, mind and spirit. There will be mounted and unmounted activities.  Open to ages 5-12yo.. Will be split into 2 groups.  If you are older than 12yo and want to participate, please contact us about counselor in training opportunities.  There will be a game day on Friday to show off all you have accomplished with your horse, parents and friends are encouraged to come. Registration form and more info.

Photos from the July camp!

Now accepting applications for August.
5-8 year olds, 9am-11am: Tuesday-Friday 8/4 -8/7 Cost: $160
9-12 year olds, 9am-2pm: Tuesday-Friday 8/11 -8/14 Cost:$240

Pilates with Jeannine Loughlin

 Tuesday August 11th 6pm-7pm - Enhance your riding with Pilates!  Jeannine is an excellent Pilates instructor and also a rider.  She understands the challenges every rider faces.  This is a group class, bring your yoga mat or beach towel, comfortable clothes, and water.  All ages welcome.  Cost is $15.  Please contact Jeannine for more info or to sign up: jeannineloughlin@hotmail.com or 860-916-2766

Wendy Murdoch

We are pleased to welcome Wendy Murdoch to our barn on Saturday 8/8 and Sunday 8/9 9am - 5pm- Wendy Murdoch is an internationally recognized equestrian instructor and clinician for over 30 years, author of several books and DVDs, and creator of Ride Like A Natural® and the SURE FOOT Equine Stability Program™ . She is one of the most skillful teachers ever encountered in any equestrian discipline. Wendy’s desire to understand the function of both horse and human, curiosity and love of teaching capitalizes on the most current learning theories in order show riders how to exceed their own expectations. It is recommended that you attend both days to get the most out of the clinic, however you can just do one day as well for $175.  Clinic runs 9am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday.  http://www.murdochmethod.com/about-wendy-murdoch/

Participants $350 both days (limit 12)
Auditors welcome $50/day (unlimited)
lunch included

A limited number of stalls will be available for the weekend $50.  Must bring your own buckets, feed, and bedding.  First come first serve.  All horses are required to have Rabies and negative Coggins certificates (within 1 year of clinic).  Some lesson horses (leasees have first option) will also be available to rent for $50/day, upon availability, if you do not have a horse but wish to participate.  Please contact Dawn for more info or if you wish to sign up for this clinic. 

Normally, clinics are structured like this:
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Lecture/Awareness Session
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Group 1 rides
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Group 2 rides
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Group 3 rides
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Group 4 rides
4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Wrap-up

Fall Happenings - Details to follow

September 20th Saturday: Centered Riding Clinic with Deborah Moynihan 8am-5pm

September 27th Sunday:  Tanheath Hunter Pace

October 18th Sunday: 4H show

October 25th Sunday: Tara Farm Hunter Pace





You may purchase a dvd of Dawn giving instructions on Leading, Disengaging Hindquarters, Riding and Backing Up. This dvd is available for only $10. Contact Dawn for information on how to get yours today!
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"Dawn Bonin has helped me so much with my Standardbred, Ironworkers DJ, in a remarkably few number of lessons...The one rein stop works, and Dawn is patient enough to keep pointing this out in a calm and helpful way. I've owned horses for 24 years, and it's humbling to realize that after all that time, I can still manage to ride ineffectively. Luckily, Dawn has come along, so at long last I can turn the trend around. I've told my husband she's probably saved my life. Without her help, it's very possible DJ and I would be bolting across the countryside, headed for a wreck."...continued
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Natural Horsemanship at Babcock Hill Equestrian Center with Dawn Bonin.

Babcock Hill

Now offering boarding with 25 stalls, 30+ acres, 2 outdoor rings, an indoor ring, and miles of trails. Come join us where fun and horses goes together.

577 Babcock Hill Road, Coventry, CT 06238

email: naturalhorse80@yahoo.com
cell: 860-985-7611
barn: 860-742-2667

Natural Horsemanship is a method of relating to and communicating with horses. Communicating using pressure and the release of pressure. Learning how to understand the horse's body language. Working, training and riding in a way that complements the horse's personality and instincts.
As a horse trainer and instructor I teach horses and people in a way they can understand and help them communicate better with each other.

Please contact me for more information about training your horse and you!

$10 for pony rides ~10min (10yrs and under)
$50 for private lesson.
$150 for beginner starter lesson package (3 private lessons plus Dawn's instructional video).
$180 for package of four lessons (4 lessons).
Training: $340/month 2 days per week. $580 month 4 days per week.
Clinics (off property) $55/person (minimum of 3 people for 2 hours).
Also offering demos and training, please contact for prices.

Have Dawn give a clinic at your barn!

Training at your barn - Get 3 riders together and we will work horses for 2hrs. $55/person.  (3 hrs if 5 or more riders). You decide how you would like to split the time.  Group lesson, individuals, or combination.  Call for price/time quote if you have group larger than 6 people.  Travel charge will apply if further than 20 miles. 

"Dawn has a great gift of seeing through the eyes of a horse. She understands their behavior and how to work with them on their terms instead of using dominance, intimidation or force." Leslie Wolf ESMT

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