Bonham Stables History
For five generations, the Bonham family has been in business training, showing and selling horses and has continued this tradition of horseback riding for nearly 78 years. Since originally founded, Bonham Stables has been a family-owned and operated hunter/jumper training facility that is dedicated to providing impeccable service to its clients by offering an outstanding level of personalized training and care for both horse and rider.
The founder of Bonham Stables, P.O. Bonham, was a veterinarian who trained jumpers and gateded horses. P.O. set up the foundation for the the Bonham legacy to continue with his sons, Chester and Max. Chester had trained and showed successfully throughout the nation, including at the Madison Square Garden. Next to take on the family business was Max and Nancy Bonham. Max competed and trained at national levels and was the AHSA Horseman of the year in 1962. Nancy had also competed at national horseback riding levels and was the recipient of the AHSA Horsewoman of the year in 1973 and National Amateur Owner Hunter Champion.
Mike, the current head trainer and owner of Bonham Stables, was raised by his great uncle Max Bonham. Mike worked for the family business at horseback riding shows and Stables with his great uncle eager to learn the ropes and advance as a horseman. Mike had learned a plethora of training and riding techniques that he uses to train today. Lastly, Kels and Chester (Chet) Bonham, Mike’s daughter and son, followed in their father's footsteps by horse showing at national levels across the country. During her show career, Kels has won five grands prix (including the $30,000 American Royal Grand Prix and the $25,000 Tunica Grand Prix), the 2008 USEF Medal Finals, Prix Des States Bronze Medalist, among other accolades.
We take pride in not only our extensive knowledge and experience of the horseback riding industry, but also on being your trusted partner in developing your skills as a rider and horse owner. At Bonham Stables, we will work with you to create a customized, comprehensive training program designed to achieve your individual goals and build a solid foundation of good horsemanship. Today Bonham Stables travels throughout the country showing at local, regional and national horse shows we are always looking for more riders to join our show team. Bonham Stables has consistently qualified many horses and riders for the Pennsylvania National, Washington International and the National Horse Show. We invite you to visit us, tour our horseback riding facilities, meet our owners and trainers, take a lesson, and allow us to show you how we can help transform you into the best rider possible.