Effective July 1, Deedee O'Brien is stepping down as Executive Director of Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, after 37 years of leadership.
Deedee says, "It is time! My passion is still and always will be with Ironstone and I will continue to work in support of the people and programs that are so important to so many." She will continue writing grants and raising money for Ironstone so it can help hundreds of people each week.
Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm is pleased to have begun a gradual reopening of some programs, in accordance with state guidelines. During the month of June, Ironstone Farm will have lessons by appointment only for independent riders who are able to tack up and ride a horse without assistance, to conform with social distancing and other state guidelines around COVID-19.
Current guidelines restrict what can be offered at this time. As the summer progresses, Ironstone will assess whether it can expand any offerings to other riders, volunteers and program participants, while following all state guidelines and Ironstone’s commitment to safely improving lives. It is hoped that some additional members of the Ironstone community will be able to return later this summer, perhaps Aug. 1, but these decisions will be based on a variety of factors, given the changing nature of COVID-19, state guidelines and available information.
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