Ironstone Farm offers veterans change and, soon, a center

Updated: Jun 21, 2018

About 30 veterans come to Ironstone Farm in Andover, Mass., each week for many reasons: for fun, for equine-assisted activities and learning, to contribute to a nonprofit that helps over 400 people a week. But perhaps the most popular reason is to feed a little filly named Rose, born this spring. While Ironstone Farm uses 200 volunteers a week to help take care of its 35 horses and run its therapeutic riding programs that support children with special needs and others, it is the veterans who have this most coveted role of taking care of little Rose and her mom Columbia. Now, a new connection with Dick George, the Screaming Eagles and Home Base should open the doors to greater opportunities for weekend retreats.


Ironstone Farm Executive Director Deedee O’Brien and former 101st Airborne Division Paratrooper Dick George pose in the nonprofit farm’s indoor riding arena.


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