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Events Calendar

REGISTER FOR THE 2017 IRONSTONE DERBY 5K & KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY on MAY 6

2012 Fall Fest horse show jump
Ride at Ironstone during the 8-week Spring Riding Block (April 24 to June 24).
Click here for a fillable registration form

Early Spring Block: Feb. 27 through April 22
 
Spring Block: 9 weeks, April 24 to June 24
You can ride in the spring block. Click the button below for an electronic registration form you can fill out and email to us at programs@challengeunlimited.org.
RIDE THIS SPRING
Summer Block: 8 weeks, June 26 to Aug. 19
Summer Camp(weekly for 8 weeks): June 26 to Aug. 18
SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION FORM YOU CAN PRINT OUT 
Early Fall Block: 9 weeks, Aug. 28 to Oct. 28
Fall Block: 8 weeks, Oct. 30 to Dec. 23
 
SEE ALL 2017 RIDING BLOCKS 
 

 

RECENT EVENTS — MARCH 2017

Our new mare arrives – Friday, March 10
Ironstone Farm is thrilled to welcome a new pregnant mare, thanks to the generosity of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. The mare is expected to give birth to a foal later this spring.
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

 

MONTH-BY-MONTH CALENDAR

APRIL 2017

BABY SHOWER FOR OUR FOAL – Sunday, April 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. – Ironstone Farm has a mare who is expected to give birth later this spring. And you could win the right to name our new baby horse! Come to “April Foal’s Day” baby shower, meet our new mare in the barn and buy a ticket to win the right to name our foal. It’s a special occasion at Ironstone Farm!

IRONSTONE NIGHT at BURTONS GRILL, North Andover – Thursday, April 20, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Here’s a great excuse to dine out! Join Ironstone Farm at Burtons Grill in North Andover. A portion (10%) of everything you spend in the dining room or the bar will benefit Ironstone Farm’s nonprofit programs.

Earth Day clean-up – Saturday, April 22

We are putting together a team as we did last year to clean up the neighborhoods around the farm, where our Ironstone Derby charity walk/run takes place. We enjoyed having a chance to interact with our neighbors last year, and to prepare a pristine course for our runners and walkers.

Run for the Troops 5K – Sunday, April 23

Join the Ironstone Team team for this great road race, which provides money to our program for veterans and first-responders who have experienced trauma. People who sign up to run the Run for the Troops race can also save $5 when they run the Ironstone Derby 5K. (You’ll be emailed the coupon code when you sign up for one race.)

Spring Riding Block begins – Monday, April 24

Be sure to register by April 8 to avoid a late fee.
GET A SPRING RIDING REGISTRATION FORM

MAY 2017

IRONSTONE DERBY – May 6, 2017

Run for the Roses — Stay for the Party!
REGISTER FOR THE IRONSTONE DERBY
Ironstone Farm looks forward to its Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party, held at our horse farm on the afternoon of the Kentucky Derby.
The day kicks off with a stick-horse race for kids.
A charity 5K race-and-walk is followed by a Kentucky Derby party, that in 2016 included live music; 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 much more.
The day concludes with a live showing of the Kentucky Derby horse race on a large screen.
SEE the 2016 IRONSTONE DERBY on FACEBOOK

SEE THE 2015 IRONSTONE DERBY
SEE OUR FIRST DERBY in 2014

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, April 30. If you’d like to join this small group, 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.

PHOTOS FROM 2016 EVENTS

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

 
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.
 

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.
The top annual fundraiser for Ironstone Farm is the Spirit of Giving Gala. 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.
The top annual fundraiser for Ironstone Farm is the Spirit of Giving Gala. 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.

 

 

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.
 

 

 

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.