Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 11 members of the Burnstock Riding Club – young equestrians and their horses – collectively hiked and hacked more than 32 miles through Round Top Park, Lockwood Forest and the Bay Circuit Trails for the 10th annual Hack-A-Thon for Hope. Participants received pledges from friends and family for each mile, and together raised over $1,200 to benefit Windrush Farm.
This year, the Burnstock riders rode in honor of Harriet “Bunny” Nutter. Bunny, who recently passed this fall, was an avid supporter of Windrush Farm, located in North Andover. She believed in Windrush’s mission to help enrich the personal, emotional and physical abilities to those they serve by partnering with horses and the environment. Bunny was also the mother of Windrush board member Benjamin Nutter.
“Bunny was an amazing role model to the young equestrians in our community. It’s fitting that we made this year’s ride in her honor,” said Matti Burns, of Boxford.
“Windrush would like to recognize the intrepid members of the Burnstock Club who have, once again, gotten pledges to support our clients with special needs through their annual Burnstock Hack-A-Thon event. What a wonderful group of dedicated young riders. The teamwork and organization in putting this together over two weekends is amazing. They are always willing to ride, regardless of the weather. They are conscientious and caring about their horses and each other. Thank you to all of the Burnstock crew for this amazing effort,” said Amanda Hogan, education and training director at Windrush Farm.
Located in Boxford, the Burnstock Riding Club’s fundraising efforts for Windrush Farm were inspired by former club member Burns, and the club has raised over $30,000 for Windrush Farm since 2006. Burns is a junior at the University of South Carolina, where she competes in the show jumper circuit with her horse, More Cowbell.