Ironstone Farm and Challenge Unlimited

Our Mission Statement

To provide therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities using horses and the working farm environment to help people achieve optimum quality of life.

Ironstone Farm and Challenge Unlimited


We use the dynamic power of horseback riding and the environment of a farm to combine several therapies into one highly effective experience. Top doctors and medical institutions refer clients to Ironstone because of its success.

Children with special needs learn to walk. People who did not speak before – including those on the autism spectrum – begin speaking. Additional therapeutic programs improve the lives of others, including veterans who have experienced trauma, survivors of cancer, teens at risk, young adults with special needs who can benefit from learning life skills, and elders with memory issues.

Coming to the 18-acre horse farm, rather than an impersonal clinic, makes therapy a “want to” event rather than a “have to” session.
About 200 volunteers each week come and support our therapeutic riding programs because they know their donated work changes lives.

Latest News!

Eck, Lobel honored at Ironstone gala Nov. 4

Ironstone Farm’s baseball-themed Spirit of Giving Gala on Saturday, Nov. 4 knocked home more than $250,000 for our Andover nonprofit that night, providing critical support for nonprofit programs that provide therapy for children with special needs, veterans and others.
This year’s gala honored Hall-of-Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley and TV sports anchor Bob Lobel for their spirit of giving and tremendous contributions in the community at large and to Ironstone Farm’s nonprofit programs specifically.


Yianni’s story: Why his parents travel 90+ minutes to be here

See how Ironstone Farm’s therapy programs make a difference, through the story of one of our more than 400 weekly clients.


Traditional healing, more horsepower

Ironstone Farm is home to Challenge Unlimited, Inc. (est 1983) and Ironstone Therapy, Inc. (est. 1998), two nonprofit organizations established to provide a variety of services for people with and without disabilities. Both organizations use horses and the wholesome environment of a working farm, while involving people in serving others through volunteering.