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Ironstone Farm

Therapy with more horsepower

Therapy with more horsepower

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Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party

The Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party is a USATF-certified charity race/walk, followed by a Kentucky Derby party and barbecue at our nonprofit horse farm. Kids love the stickhorse fun run!


NEXT RACE: May 2, 2020

About the Party

Derby Hat Competition

Vicky Bernard enjoys a laugh during the derby-hat competition at Ironstone Farm's Ironstone Derby.

There's a lot of fun at the party, including at the derby-hat competition. Men, woman and kids compete for a great prize.

Cash Bar: Mint Juleps, beer


It wouldn't be a derby party without the option of a mint julep or other beverage! Souvenier Ironstone Derby glasses will be available.

Texas Roadhouse BaRbecue


Runners have the option of adding a Texas Roadhouse meal of ribs, chicken, 2 sides, salad and bread. Or come just for the meal and party!

Horse & Rider Performance

Ironstone Farm's Golden Aces drill team performs at the Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party.

Ironstone Farm's Golden Aces drill team will perform a free outdoor show - a horse-and-rider routine set to music.

Kentucky Derby shown Live

People cheer for a horse hoping to win the 50/50 charity raffle at the Ironstone Derby 5K

Choose you horse in our 50/50 raffle and cheer it on to victory. One person who picks the winning horse will receive half the charity pot!



In 2019, people could take pictures with the latest Boston Red Sox World Series trophy. We'll cook up something special for 2020 too!

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Typical Derby Day Schedule

3 P.M -- Shuttle buses begin

Shuttle buses for Derby-goers start to run the short route from the race-day parking lot at Thermo Fisher in Ames Business Park, Tewksbury, less than a mile from Ironstone Farm, down Route 133

3 P.M. -- Derby party begins!

Bar service with beer, win and mint juleps is available; the band Cilantro: the duo begins playing; games and our Derby 50/50 raffle open - all in our large, indoor arena, with some additional games outdoors

4 P.M. -- Kids stickhorse fun run

The kids stick-horse fun run includes a stickhorse kids can keep, hotdog meal, and hat. The fun run distance varies based on the age of the participants in each heat.

Parents, you will want to keep these photos forever!

4:20 p.m. -- Texas Roadhouse barbecue ready to enjoy

For those who choose it, Texas Roadhouse barbecue service begins. Barbecue meal ($25, or much less the earlier you sign up) includes ribs, barbecue chicken, two sides, salad and bread. We include a small dessert and bottled water as well. Beer, wine, mint juleps and soda are available at the bar.

Kids meal includes hot dog, sides, juice or bottled water and a small dessert.

4:30 -- Ironstone Derby 5K run/walk

Ironstone Derby 5K Run/Walk to support our nonprofit programs from children with special needs and others. The race starts on site, travels a loop on the Andover streets around the farm, and ends back at Ironstone.

The start and finish line is at under-construction retreat center for veterans. Ironstone served 500 clients a week, using 200 volunteers a week.


5:30 -- horse-and-rider show

Ironstone Farm's own Golden Aces horse-and-rider drill team perform a pulse-pounding routine set to music (outdoor riding ring)

6 p.m. -- Derby Hat Contest

Our party-goers compete to see who has the most attractive, attention-getting, original derby hat. Top adult winner goes home with a bubbly prize. (indoor arena)


Last call for 50/50 derby raffle. Pick the winning horse and you may win half the pot! The other half benefits Ironstone's nonprofit programs.

6:35 P.m. -- PRemier horse race on TV

The Kentucky Derby horse race is shown live on two big screens as our crowd cheers for their favorite horses. Be part of the fun!

7 p.m. -- Final Shuttle to depart

The party has to end sometime, and we expect the final bus to depart for the parking lot at 7 p.m.