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Events Calendar

2012 Fall Fest horse show jump
Ride at Ironstone during the nine-week Early Fall Riding Block (Aug. 28 to Oct. 28).
Click here for a fillable registration form

Download and save, complete and save, then email to us at programs@challengeunlimited.org. (Or complete a form at our welcome center.)

Summer Block: 8 weeks, June 26 to Aug. 19
Summer Camp(weekly for 8 weeks): June 26 to Aug. 18
Early Fall Block: 9 weeks, Aug. 28 to Oct. 28
You can ride in the early fall block. Click the button below for an electronic registration form. Download and save it, complete it and save it, and then email it to us at programs@challengeunlimited.org.
Registration deadline is Saturday, Aug. 5.
You also can print out a form and return it to us, or grab a form from our Welcome Center.
RIDE THIS FALL
Fall Block: 8 weeks, Oct. 30 to Dec. 23

SEE ALL 2017 RIDING BLOCKS
Ironstone Farm will be closed for scheduled maintenance and repairs during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

SPECIAL SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Ironstone Farm is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Several Sundays throughout the year it also offers special, free equine-encounter experiences for people with cancer diagnoses and combat veterans with post-traumatic stress.

RETREATS FOR PEOPLE WITH CANCER
The next retreat for people who have been diagnosed with cancer is on Sunday, July 30. Another is scheduled for Sept. 10. If you’d like to join one of these small groups, or get on the list for future retreats, please call us at 978-475-4056.
Learn more about our retreats for those who have or have had a cancer diagnosis

VETERANS EXPERIENCE
This small-group, multi-week experience is being offered each week. With two heated, indoor facilities, experiences can be held either indoors or out, depending on the weather. Although there is no cost to veterans, preregistration is required by calling 978-475-4056.
Ironstone also has a one-day, all-day retreat scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 13.

MONTH-BY-MONTH CALENDAR

July 2017

JULY JAMBOREE HORSE SHOW, Sunday, July 16
RETREAT FOR CANCER SURVIVORS, Sunday, July 30
RECOVERING WITH HORSES: Two-Week Intensive Program begins Monday, July 31
The program will involve sharing, meditating, trust-building, growing and learning about oneself while working in groups and with horses. This is a two-hour-per-day, three-days-per-week program. Participants are asked to attend all six sessions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RECOVERY PROGRAM
Registration: Call 978-475-4056
Limit: 8 participants
Price: Free; this program is sponsored
Dates for meetings: Monday, July 31
Tuesday, Aug. 1
Thursday, Aug. 3
Monday, Aug. 7
Tuesday, Aug. 8
Thursday, Aug. 10
Time each day: 4 to 6 p.m.

August 2017

MARE Adoption Party, Sunday, Aug. 6
RETREAT FOR VETERANS, Sunday, Aug. 13
BREAK WEEK, Aug. 21 to Aug. 26 – Please note that Ironstone Farm will be closed this week to allow for planned repairs and improvements.
EVENT SUPPORTING IRONSTONE FARM’s VETERANS EXPERIENCE, Saturday, Aug. 26 – Battle of the Bands and Veterans Rally by Veterans Assisting Veterans, Holy Ghost Park, 65 Village St., Lowell
EVENT FLIER

September 2017

RETREAT FOR CANCER SURVIVORS, Sunday, Sept. 10
BARBARA DENITTO MEMORIAL HORSE SHOW, Sunday, Sept. 24

November 2017

SPIRIT OF GIVING GALA

Saturday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m.

Lowell Memorial Auditorium

For tickets, call 978-475-4056

The Spirit of Giving Gala will carry a baseball theme in 2017 as we honor the support and good works of baseball Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley and sportscaster Bob Lobel.
BECOME A GALA SPONSOR


RECENT EVENTS in 2017

May 2017
IRONSTONE DERBY – May 6, 2017
Ironstone Farm hosted the second Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party to be held at our horse farm on the afternoon of the Kentucky Derby.
The day kicked off with a stick-horse race for kids. A charity 5K race-and-walk was then followed by a Kentucky Derby party,including live music by the and Cilantro; food by Texas Roadhouse, mint juleps, beer and wine by Lenzi’s; a Kentucky Derby hat contest; a horse-and-rider show by our drill team and plenty of other fun. The day concluded with a live showing of the Kentucky Derby horse race on a large screen with one of the people who picked the winning horse winning a 50/50 raffle.

SEE the 2016 IRONSTONE DERBY on FACEBOOK

April 2017
BABY SHOWER FOR OUR FOAL – Sunday, April 9 – Ironstone Farm celebrated Jessica, our mare who was expecting to give birth. Colt Elliot came along in June.
At the party, Young Abby Kowalski won the right to spend an hour with our mare and foal when they are ready for that kind of a special day.

IRONSTONE NIGHT at BURTONS GRILL, North Andover – Thursday, April 20

Many friends took the excuse to dine out and joined us at Ironstone Farm at Burtons Grill in North Andover. A portion (10%) of everything spent in the dining room or the bar benefitted Ironstone Farm’s nonprofit programs.

Run for the Troops 5K – Sunday, April 23

Ironstone Team’s running team took on this great road race, which provides money to our program for veterans and first-responders who have experienced trauma.

March 2017
Our new mare arrives – Friday, March 10
Ironstone Farm was thrilled to welcome a new pregnant mare, thanks to the generosity of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. Named Jessica, the mare in June became Ironstone’s first to give birth at the farm in over 30 years.
SEE HER FIRST STEPS AT IRONSTONE FARM

Free riding day – Sunday, March 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ironstone Farm was happy to offer over two dozen new riders a chance to try out the great sport of horseback riding. All they had to do was RSVP in advance.
SEE A 7-YEAR-OLD RIDE A TROTTING HORSE FOR THE FIRST TIME


2016 EVENTS

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 — FEASTER FIVE ROAD RACE ON THANKSGIVING MORNING

Ironstone Farm was a beneficiary of this incredibly popular family affair that attracts about 10,000 runners to Andover each Thanksgiving morning. All runners of the 5K and 5 mile races received an apple pie.


Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at Ironstone Farm –UNVEILING OF FIRST BRICK AREA
Ironstone had a ceremony and celebration to unveil the first of our engraved-brick areas on Saturday, Oct. 15. The special ceremony was for people who purchased personalized bricks, and for our committee members.
Supporters of Ironstone’s programs purchased engraved bricks as tributes to people they care about – living and deceased – and these first bricks forms a small walking path around our flagpole. This area is behind the original brown farmhouse that will soon be renovated to become the center for our Veterans Experience.
You can join the next phase of our brick campaign!
ORDER A BRICK ONLINE
It is not too late to order a personalized brick. The campaign to support Ironstone continues, and other brick areas will grace the property. Click the link above to order online. For more information visit our brick-information web page.

Ironstone Night at the Lowell Spinners — Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ironstone Farm friends gathered for a Spinners game and all-you-can-eat barbecue at the annual Ironstone Farm Night at the Red Sox minor league affiliate.

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE DAY


ABOUT SPIRIT OF GIVING
The top annual fundraiser for Ironstone Farm is the Spirit of Giving Gala. Known for its willingness to reinvent itself, the party carries a different theme each year.
View the 2015 Spirit of Giving Gala Facebook Album

The 2014 Spirit of Giving, "Dallas: Bring your Bling," turned the Andover Country Club into a big slice of the Lone Star State.
The 2014 Spirit of Giving: Dallas turned the Andover Country Club into a big slice of the Lone Star State that included a mechanical bull.
For the 2013 gala, Ironstone turned the Andover Country Club into a 1920s speakeasy. Many people, including Krista Lee of North Andover, had fun posing for photos in a bathtub in the gin joint and dancing and playing craps, roulette and blackjack in the charity casino.
For the 2013 event, Ironstone turned the Andover Country Club into a 1920s speakeasy. Many people, including Krista Lee of North Andover, had fun posing for photos in a bathtub in the gin joint and dancing and playing craps, roulette and blackjack in the charity casino.

 

 


ABOUT IRONSTONE DERBY 5K & Kentucky Derby Party
SEE THE 2015 IRONSTONE DERBY
SEE OUR FIRST DERBY in 2014

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.