Stonelea Farm

Stonelea Farm In the heart of Northern Virginia lies Stonelea Farm, a place where people of all ages come to learn horseback riding in a fun and safe environment. The gentle horses and the expertise of Lucia DiBenedetto combine to create the perfect experience.
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05/05/2020

Stonelea Farm believes in true horsemanship and perseverance, which are demonstrated here. This is Kat Donnelly when she first started Kyrie a year ago vs. now, and in this round, without a bridle! Kyrie lacked confidence, but we knew she had talent. Kat patiently worked with her, took regular lessons to increase her skill set, and Kyrie is a completely different horse. There is a horse for every person‘s skill level, it’s about connecting with the right one. Riders and horses who are mismatched can end up getting hurt. It’s about knowing the difference.

Sleepy ponies. You can set a clock each day by knowing where they are. This is their 11:30 spot!
05/05/2020

Sleepy ponies. You can set a clock each day by knowing where they are. This is their 11:30 spot!

Today was the best day of the season so far, and look at these views!
05/04/2020

Today was the best day of the season so far, and look at these views!

I’m so proud to have a connection to this exceptional, driven young man, former student Grant Chungo! Keep following you...
05/01/2020

I’m so proud to have a connection to this exceptional, driven young man, former student Grant Chungo! Keep following your dreams Grant!

I love this FB memory from the Mom of a former student! I miss your whole family Melissa!
04/28/2020

I love this FB memory from the Mom of a former student! I miss your whole family Melissa!

Family time! Thanks Jay and Lydia for dragging the ring!
04/28/2020

Family time! Thanks Jay and Lydia for dragging the ring!

Yesterday, at the top of the mountain, came upon lots of trillium 😊
04/26/2020

Yesterday, at the top of the mountain, came upon lots of trillium 😊

04/24/2020
Stonelea Funny Farm!

Stonelea Farm Horse Shenanigans, Video brought to you by John Livermore and his mare Darby😉

Painted Ponies Posing😊
04/23/2020

Painted Ponies Posing😊

04/21/2020

Roman has been in training with Christina Chilva for a few months now and this was my first time being out on the trails with them. She has done so much with him! He was not even trained under saddle at all and now he’s leading on the trails. She has spent many hours on the trails with him and you can tell. Right now, when he worries she tells him he must go forward and that needs to be his job and he needs to believe her. You will see that type of training in the third video. Christina is a former mounted police officer of Detroit on her Mustang Ripley. He is the other horse out on the trail with us and was used to give confidence. She has trained many mustangs as well as horses she purchased at auction and trained them and sold them to several Mounted Police Units. Her training is very detailed and thorough!

04/21/2020

Roman has been in training with Christina Chilva for a few months now and this was my first time being out on the trails with them. She has done so much with him! He was not even trained under saddle at all and now he’s leading on the trails. She has spent many hours on the trails with him and you can tell. Right now, when he worries she tells him he must go forward and that needs to be his job and he needs to believe her. You will see that type of training in the third video. Christina is a former mounted police officer of Detroit on her Mustang Ripley. He is the other horse out on the trail with us and was used to give confidence. She has trained many mustangs as well as horses she purchased at auction and trained them and sold them to several Mounted Police Units. Her training is very detailed and thorough!

04/21/2020

Roman has been in training with Christina Chilva for a few months now and this was my first time being out on the trails with them. She has done so much with him! He was not even trained under saddle at all and now he’s leading on the trails. She has spent many hours on the trails with him and you can tell. Right now, when he worries she tells him he must go forward and that needs to be his job and he needs to believe her. You will see that type of training in the third video. Christina is a former mounted police officer of Detroit on her Mustang Ripley. He is the other horse out on the trail with us and was used to give confidence. She has trained many mustangs as well as horses she purchased at auction and trained them and sold them to several Mounted Police Units. Her training is very detailed and thorough!

It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on Roman and today I met  Christina Chilva At the Manassas Battlefield to se...
04/20/2020

It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on Roman and today I met Christina Chilva At the Manassas Battlefield to see his progress. Chris has been training him for the past few months. In the first picture he is standing quietly at the trailer as she tacks up. In the second picture she mounted him and made him stand there for almost a minute. Then we went out and he led for most of it! He still has a few glitches when he is worried about something but she gets after him and teaches him that he needs to go forward when she asks him to, even if he is worried because he needs to trust her.

04/19/2020

Awe . . .finding peace in His glorious creation amid these trying times!

Outdoor exercise with stunning views, great company, and Jewel was the perfect horse!
04/13/2020

Outdoor exercise with stunning views, great company, and Jewel was the perfect horse!

Life is good. Here’s Lydia taking her music class online, thanks to technology, and practicing social distancing from hu...
04/04/2020

Life is good. Here’s Lydia taking her music class online, thanks to technology, and practicing social distancing from humans. She chose to take her class with Luna!

Best day ever! Tyler and Mommy riding sesh! Thank you Lucia DiBenedetto 🐴 🥰 #willneedadvil  #sixfeetapart #bestsocialdis...
03/27/2020

Best day ever! Tyler and Mommy riding sesh! Thank you Lucia DiBenedetto 🐴 🥰 #willneedadvil #sixfeetapart #bestsocialdistanceactivity

I enjoyed the sessions with my therapists today❤️. Thankfully riding is something we can still do, and enjoy it’s benefi...
03/23/2020

I enjoyed the sessions with my therapists today❤️. Thankfully riding is something we can still do, and enjoy it’s benefits. In response to Covid19 we have made some changes at the farm and parents (some are in the medical field) and riders approve. Both tack and feed rooms stay open to allow continued airflow. Only one person in the tack room at a time, or your tack may already be set up in your stall. Only one person in the stall with the horse, unless the parent also wants to be there. Those watching the lesson spread out along the ring, maintaining 6’ distance or more. I’m grateful to be able to continue to be your happy place! Your equine friends look forward to your tlc, and some shedding help!

What a great day for Kat and Kyrie.  It was so rewarding to see how Kat’s consistent work with Kyrie and lessons with Su...
03/09/2020

What a great day for Kat and Kyrie. It was so rewarding to see how Kat’s consistent work with Kyrie and lessons with Sue Buscher have culminated with Kyrie finally becoming soft and rhythmic in the show ring. She has settled so much, no more looking around and being bothered by things. They were a wonderful team today! And thanks to all who came out to support them, it was fun to hang out together!

03/09/2020

Congratulations to Kat and Kyrie on their successful hunter show at Frying Pan Park. They were the champions in TIP and Working Hunter!

Last weekend I was out on Jewel with friends and rode through some of the most beautiful Virginia mountains😊
02/15/2020

Last weekend I was out on Jewel with friends and rode through some of the most beautiful Virginia mountains😊

Hello, hello? Hey, what are you doing in there?
02/12/2020

Hello, hello? Hey, what are you doing in there?

02/10/2020

Look! Kat bridleless with Kyrie, and flying changes too!

It’s right in Leesburg!
02/02/2020

It’s right in Leesburg!

02/01/2020

It’s all in the balance!

Even with the cold at this time of year my new round bale of hay is bothering Cricket. Here she is getting an albuterol ...
01/30/2020

Even with the cold at this time of year my new round bale of hay is bothering Cricket. Here she is getting an albuterol treatment. 

Snuggles from my boy Kalle 😊
01/28/2020

Snuggles from my boy Kalle 😊

01/26/2020

1/26/20 Here’s Kyrie in one of her schooling sessions with Sue Buscher. The pair has come so far. Instead of Kyrie worrying about jumps, she trusts Kat Donnelly so much that she stays focused on them and listens to Kat’s aids.

01/26/2020

Here’s Kyrie in one of her schooling sessions with Sue Buscher. The pair has come so far. Instead of Kyrie worrying about jumps, she trusts Kat Donnelly so much that she stays focused on them and listens to Kat’s aids.

01/12/2020

Just to make your day a little brighter. How precious is this?!!

Angel memorialized with her mane and tail❤️Thank you Carol Eichner for your talented rendition of our beloved pony!You c...
01/09/2020

Angel memorialized with her mane and tail❤️
Thank you Carol Eichner for your talented rendition of our beloved pony!
You can contact her at [email protected]

1/7/20. Here at the farm Jewel says hello. Out in Whitepost, retirees Lacey and Sunny enjoy their days on excessive past...
01/09/2020

1/7/20. Here at the farm Jewel says hello. Out in Whitepost, retirees Lacey and Sunny enjoy their days on excessive pasture with hay, and beautiful views!

So cool!
01/07/2020

So cool!

Beautiful driftwood art made by British sculptors Heather Jansch and James Doran Webb

“Who,  ME???”   says Cisco!
12/19/2019

“Who, ME???” says Cisco!

Address

39953 New Rd
Aldie, VA
20105

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(703) 327-8803

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