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 returning with post-traumatic stress, survivors of cancer, teens at risk 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!

Feaster Five: Run for pie and a cause – us (and other ways to help)

Sign up to run the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day road race for Ironstone Farm. When you sign up at, join the team “Ironstone Farm Trotters” and you can have our kids saying thanks as you raise money for our nonprofit.
Other ways to help Ironstone: get bPositive clothing during November and we get 25 percent; buy a tribute brick for a loved one and “build a better Ironstone.”


Spirit of Giving Gala raises most ever for Ironstone Farm

Ironstone Farm’s Spirit of Giving Gala not only recreated the “Party of the Century” as planned, but turned out to be the best party yet for the Andover nonprofit. The Nov. 14 event brought in an Ironstone record of more than $260,000 to support Ironstone Farm’s programs for children with special needs, combat veterans and others.
Better still for Ironstone Farm, the night’s honoree, singer Tony Orlando, told the crowd he wants to return next year with his band and perform his Vegas show to benefit the nonprofit because he feels so close to its cause.


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.