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.
North Andover/Boxford, MA: Windrush Farm successfully hosted their first 5k Trot Trot Trail Race on June 16th, cheering on nearly 140 runners. Windrush added the exciting run to their annual friend-raiser, Bring A Friend Night, in order to bring even more new faces to the farm. In doing so, Windrush had over 300 individuals and their families celebrating that evening.
“It was a joy to not only welcome so many people to Windrush, but to have the opportunity to showcase our incredible trails and programming to the greater community. We hope everyone had a lot of fun and learned a little bit more about who Windrush is and what we have to offer,” said Jen Wassan, Windrush Farm Development Director.
The Trot Trot Trail Race was part of the North Shore Trail Series, taking place on the beautiful trails surrounding Windrush Farm. The 5K had an old time New England feel, with lots of twist and turns. The trail lead runners through some of the property’s hidden gems, such as the cabin in the woods, vernal pools, majestic birds and open pastures. The finish line ended into the Bring A Friend Night extravaganza where runners were able to partake in the food truck dinner and open beer and wine bar.
A huge thank you is extended to our 5K committee members Pat Canonica, Peggy Louden, Dave Menosky, Marisa Stevens and our Race Chair Jeff Hixon. Without them, this race would not have been possible. We would also like to thank our event sponsors Ameriprise Financial, Berkeley Wholesale Flower Supply, Edward Jones, Gold Coast Mortgage, Harpoon Brewery, Healthy U, Leary’s Fine Wines & Spirits, New England Running Company, Peggy and Chuck Louden, Schneller BMW & Mini Specialists, and Wellsco Realty.
Those that were not running enjoyed the ambience of Bill Perry and his Fiddling Friends, while experiencing class demos and tours of the farm. People thoroughly enjoyed their dinner and dessert from the food trucks Happy Taco, Augusta’s Chicken on the Road Truck and The Whoopie Wagon as they waited to applaud the runners at the finish line. Overall, the night was a souring success and Windrush Farm looks forward to hosting it again next Jun
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