Bonnie Lea Instructor Becomes Certified Trainer

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Lisa DeMayo of Bonnie Lea Farm has become a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) certified trainer.

This title is obtained through equine professional recommendations, Safe Sport Training, continuing education and examination.  

This USHJA certification formalizes DeMayo's years of experience in instruction, riding and training. She obtained her Massachusetts’ Riding Instructor License at 16 years old. With more than 50 foals born at Bonnie Lea Farm, she has a vast experience with training young horses and also retrains older horses. Over the years, she has ridden in clinics and lessons with George Morris, Frank Madden, Rodney Jenkins, Greg Best, Julie Winkel, Leann Kelly, Tom Curtain and Dan Kelly.

A graduate of Boston College's School Of Education, DeMayo believes strongly in continuing education. She is a Massachusetts certified animal control officer and a graduate of the Streetwise MBA program through Interise, Boston University.

Her riding students range in age from 6 years old to over 80 and she is also the coach of the Williams Equestrian Team. Her students have different goals with some competing and some riding for pleasure. The common traits among her riders include a passion for horses, proper equitation and safety, and horsemanship. She reminds her riders that "every ride is a training ride and we must remember to care for the horses before ourselves. The trust and respect created between horse and rider is the backbone to developing as an equestrian, no matter the discipline."

DeMayo offers lessons, leasing training, boarding, clinics, shows and summer programs at Bonnie Lea Farm. For more information, visit the website.

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Clark Art Board of Trustees Chooses New Chair

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Eric L. Cochran was recently selected to serve as the next chair of the Board of Trustees of the Clark Art Institute, effective May 9, 2020.

Cochran succeeds O. Andreas Halvorsen, who has served for six years in the leadership role. Robert G. Scott, the vice chair of the clark's board, will continue to serve in his current position.

Cochran is a partner in the New York office of the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He holds a bachelor's degree from Williams College (1982) and a master's degree (1984) and juris doctor (1986) from New York University.

"Serving as the chair of the Clark's Board of Trustees is a tremendous honor and presents an exciting opportunity to assist the Clark as it continues its important work," Cochran said. "The role of the arts and arts scholarship in our world today is critical, and the Clark has an outstanding record of nurturing, advocating for, and celebrating these contributions that serve to enhance and enrich society. In addition, the Clark is a key cultural partner contributing to the economic health and community vitality of Berkshire County and neighboring areas. The years ahead hold great promise for the Clark, and I am thrilled to be working with the trustees, with Hardymon Director Olivier Meslay, and with the outstanding Clark staff."

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