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Ironwood Farm

Ironwood Farm Ironwood Farm is the largest Fjord breeding and consignment sales farm in Virginia. Ironwood Farm has been serving the equestrian community since 1998.

We specialize in breeding, training and selling Norwegian Fjord horses, private boarding and English riding lessons. We stand the Fjord stallion, Ironwood Blitzen, S1, G1, V, E. Our Fjords actively compete in dressage, eventing, driving and draft. Our farm is located in northern Culpeper County between the towns of Warrenton and Culpeper. We are about an hour’s drive from Northern VA. Our property encompasses nearly 132 acres of rolling hills, woods and streams.

Operating as usual

March snow happens at Ironwood Farm, but enthusiasm for breakfast never falters.
03/12/2022

March snow happens at Ironwood Farm, but enthusiasm for breakfast never falters.

First foal of 2022 arrived today.  A grey dun filly by Tolgar out of Millers Fjords Asta.  Congratulations to breeder Ji...
03/08/2022

First foal of 2022 arrived today. A grey dun filly by Tolgar out of Millers Fjords Asta. Congratulations to breeder Jill Kosek and owner Mar Cox.

Last of the Horse World Expo photos.  Alex Snyder standing in the Deep Creek Farm Fjord booth between Aunt Christine Hur...
03/08/2022

Last of the Horse World Expo photos. Alex Snyder standing in the Deep Creek Farm Fjord booth between Aunt Christine Hurst and mom Margaret Bogie. We had a great 4 days representing Fjords! Christine also joined the Frozen cast for a snapshot.

Happy Valentine's Day!
02/15/2022

Happy Valentine's Day!

More pictures of the Fjord gang at Ironwood Farm. Even when presented with a feeder of hay, the Fjords will embark on bl...
02/06/2022

More pictures of the Fjord gang at Ironwood Farm. Even when presented with a feeder of hay, the Fjords will embark on blade hunting expeditions through the snow. Don't laugh at them-look at the time humans spend shopping for stuff they don't need:) Undiscovered treasures await only the curious.

01/31/2022

Coming soon. This is a 2018 video of this dressage trained mare who also drives and has a driving performance record. 17 years old and registered. This is a heads up that she is coming. We have to evaluate her ourselves but she is in regular work in the ring and on trails. Super nice, super quiet mare. 14+ hands. The market is crazy for a well trained Fjord mare.. Low 20s.

Ironwood Valena, green broke, earns a year end award from Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association.  Many...
01/28/2022

Ironwood Valena, green broke, earns a year end award from Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association. Many thanks to her trainer Helen Hayn Pelkey for her work!

Helen Hayn and Ironwood Valena
3rd – Senior Intro Dressage

"There were no expectations for Val in 2021. However, Helen liked her movement and thought Val had potential. Val did well for Helen in some new situations. We are very proud that Val earned a year end award considering how green she is. We look forward to 2022 when we can really campaign her and add low level eventing to the mix."

E. Berkey Photography.

E. Berkey Photography.

It was very cold this weekend not that the horses minded.  We had something to celebrate.  Check out Tom's new vanity pl...
01/24/2022

It was very cold this weekend not that the horses minded. We had something to celebrate. Check out Tom's new vanity plates!

The Ironwood Farm Fjord horses welcome another winter storm. They sometimes use their run-in shelters, but seem to prefe...
01/16/2022

The Ironwood Farm Fjord horses welcome another winter storm. They sometimes use their run-in shelters, but seem to prefer to stand or wander in the refreshing snow (or hang out by a feeder).

Many of you know that I serve as the Auction Chair for Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association's Online ...
01/05/2022
πŸ—“ Ends Jan 31 | CDCTA 2022 Online Auction

Many of you know that I serve as the Auction Chair for Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association's Online Auction. CDCTA is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports eventing and dressage in Virginia. There are lots of items and more being added daily. Most items start at 1/3 of value. Fjords are well represented. Ironwood Farm is donated a riding or driving lesson and Deep Creek Farm is donating a driving lesson, single or pairs. ANYONE can bid. Take a look! Bidding starts 1/15 and ends 1/31/22. https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/cdcta-2022-auction-28845

Welcome to the CDCTA Auction, CDCTA is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the education and promotion of the horse sports of eventing and dressage in Virginia. To make a difference, please bid on auction items, give a cash donation, or simply share this auction on your social media us...

When the snow cleared today (and the humans ventured out), the Fjord gang was already hard at work...eating hay!
01/04/2022

When the snow cleared today (and the humans ventured out), the Fjord gang was already hard at work...eating hay!

Foals coming up for breakfast this morning-their first snow!
01/03/2022

Foals coming up for breakfast this morning-their first snow!

The Ironwood Fjords send holiday wishes to everyone!  Be safe, healthy and peaceful.  If you have any extra carrots, ple...
12/24/2021

The Ironwood Fjords send holiday wishes to everyone! Be safe, healthy and peaceful. If you have any extra carrots, please consider sharing them with a hungry Fjord or two.

Two of my favorites captured in a fabulous shot.  Helen Hayn is an advanced level eventer and dressage medalist who has ...
10/30/2021

Two of my favorites captured in a fabulous shot. Helen Hayn is an advanced level eventer and dressage medalist who has been working with me for over 10 years. She likes riding Fjords. Here she is leaving the dressage ring on Ironwood Blitzen, truly the horse love of my life. Photo Credit: Erin Berkery Photography

This furry Fjord is Ironwood Valena, a 9 year old mare who is just beginning her show career.  We have high expectations...
10/30/2021

This furry Fjord is Ironwood Valena, a 9 year old mare who is just beginning her show career. We have high expectations for her given her breeding: Ironwood Blitzen, S1 G1 E V and Lupin S1. G1. E V. HOF. Lupin is the daughter of our wonderful first Fjord Serina 2075-B, S1 G4, V. Val is just starting out her campaign for an NFHR Register of Excellence Award. Rider: Helen Hayn, Photo: Erin Berkery Photography.

We had an overnight arrival..  Ironwood Blitzen X Wood's Else.   She  looks like she is a red dun.  We know both parents...
10/25/2021

We had an overnight arrival.. Ironwood Blitzen X Wood's Else. She looks like she is a red dun. We know both parents have the red recessive gene and have produced a red dun foal before. This filly is Else's last foal. She has produced 12 registered foals in her breeding career. Else is 21 now and has made her contribution. Else will be started under saddle after weaning and have a retirement life as a pleasure mount. I thank Vicki Hovre for selling her and Candy Lund for helping me buy her.

09/23/2021

This is what we were up to on the Culpeper Fall Harvest Days Farm Tour. If you saw the video on the NFHR page, this is a video of the afternoon show -- pretty much the same. Special thanks to Kristina Hopkins, Alex Snyder and Lindy Hild for their performances. Lupin, S1, G1, V, E, HOF was her usual fantastic self. She is 26 years old and perfect. And yes, she did enjoy getting all the carrots.

Sunday, Sept. 19, is the final day for the Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour!  Performances at 11 and 2 followed by a phot...
09/19/2021

Sunday, Sept. 19, is the final day for the Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour! Performances at 11 and 2 followed by a photo opportunity with the princess and her friends.

Come join us from 10 - 4 today  for the Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour.  Ironwood Farm is hosting a short performance b...
09/18/2021

Come join us from 10 - 4 today for the Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour. Ironwood Farm is hosting a short performance by an ice princess in our ring at 11 and 2. We'll have our fabulous Fjords, including foals, available to see and touch. We're here to answer all questions about Fjords. We love the breed and are proud to be part of the Farm Tour!

09/08/2021

The Culpeper Farm Tour is coming to Ironwood Farm! September 18 and 19th!

Meet the Ice Princess and her Fjord friends! We are offering a short performance of a well-known popular song and a comic skit about Fjord horses. It will be followed by an individual meet and greet photo session with the Ice Princess.

Local princesses and prices are welcome to attend. Performance is daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Fjords, including foals, will be available to see and to touch throughout the day. We also offer printed materials on the breed including coloring pages for children

Square-cut or pear-shaped, These rocks don't loose their shape.Gravel is a girl's best friend!  Yesterday was spent with...
08/05/2021

Square-cut or pear-shaped, These rocks don't loose their shape.
Gravel is a girl's best friend!

Yesterday was spent with TJ from A&B Kearns in Culpeper, spreading 85 tons of gravel on the entrance, driveway and parking area of Ironwood Farm. The official excuse is the Culpeper Harvest Days (Farm Tour) next month, but regardless, we needed these rocks.

Friday was a little hectic at Ironwood Farm.  We had the unexpected arrival a white dun foal.  The mare was not "due" un...
08/01/2021

Friday was a little hectic at Ironwood Farm. We had the unexpected arrival a white dun foal. The mare was not "due" until August, but mares generally foal earlier in the summer. Of course we have had multiple things happening all weekend, so it took a while to realize the foal had a large white star and the foal is male. At first Margaret thought she had a filly, which made the star a big problem. White marks are undesirable in Fjords and their presence diminishes the horse's value as a breeding animal. If you are a breeder, that matters. But the foal is male, so he will be a wonderful gelding.

There have been a number of white markings appearing on Fjord foals this year. Certainly a white mark does not determine if a horse will be suited for performance, but a white mark not something to breed for either. From our perspective, it just means that horse should not contribute to the genetic pool.

But he is super cute!

New arrival on Ironwood Farm!  So far this year we have had 4 brown dun colts born from our own stock or from outside ma...
07/08/2021

New arrival on Ironwood Farm! So far this year we have had 4 brown dun colts born from our own stock or from outside mares. We were expecting another colt, but instead, we have a brown dun filly! Thank-you Ironwood Blitzen! Her dam, Plain Dealings Cecilia, did her part in producing a healthy and pretty filly. This young lady should mature to 14 hands. She is for sale.

Happy 20th Birthday, Ironwood Blitzen.  Born on our farm, providing decades of amusement and adventure. We never thought...
07/06/2021

Happy 20th Birthday, Ironwood Blitzen. Born on our farm, providing decades of amusement and adventure. We never thought we would have a stallion, but we gave it a try with Blitzen. He has an exceptional disposition which we believe comes from living with a herd. May your day be filled with carrots and affectionate mares, Blitzen.

New arrival for Ironwood Farm.  A brown dun colt out of Plain Dealing's Eastra (Prydarson) by Ironwood Blitzen.  He had ...
06/22/2021

New arrival for Ironwood Farm. A brown dun colt out of Plain Dealing's Eastra (Prydarson) by Ironwood Blitzen. He had a great IgG today and is now out and about with his mama. This young fellow is for sale. Please contact us if interested. Otherwise enjoy the cuteness of a Fjord foal.

Plan to celebrate Fjords with an ice princess!  Ironwood Farm is on the Culpeper Harvest Days (Farm Tour) on September 1...
06/12/2021

Plan to celebrate Fjords with an ice princess! Ironwood Farm is on the Culpeper Harvest Days (Farm Tour) on September 18th and 19th. We'll have one performance a day at 2 p.m. for the Ice Princess extravaganza. Prepare for singing and riding with Fjords! This is a FREE event open to the public. All princesses and princes for that matter are welcome!

Valhalla's Sunna is a 10 y.o. registered mare who stands just a smidge under 14 hands.  She is the kind of Fjord EVERYBO...
05/22/2021

Valhalla's Sunna is a 10 y.o. registered mare who stands just a smidge under 14 hands. She is the kind of Fjord EVERYBODY wants. Quiet, kind, good natured, and with more whoa than go. Anyone can ride this mare. Right now she is spending 30 days with my trainer, Helen Hayn, to refresh her under saddle skills. Originally she was trained Western but had a few years off as a broodmare. Now she is getting her English skills reinstalled. Sunna is wonderful in and out of the ring; she will definitely trail ride. Videos will be available in about 2 weeks. As many people know, the horse market in general and the Fjord market in particular have seen prices climb. It is an issue of more demand than there is supply. $16K

05/18/2021
05/18/2021
Ironwood Farm welcomes new colt!
05/18/2021

Ironwood Farm welcomes new colt!

First foal of the season arrived yesterday!  He was a day time arrival and I just missed his birth.  He is leggy and sho...
05/14/2021

First foal of the season arrived yesterday! He was a day time arrival and I just missed his birth. He is leggy and should be tall. His dam, Plain Dealing's Greta, is a wonderful mother. He was running around and bucking this morning.

Happy 21st Birthday to Wood's Else.  She is now of legal age.  Here is her evaluation photo.  She is still beautiful and...
05/06/2021

Happy 21st Birthday to Wood's Else. She is now of legal age. Here is her evaluation photo. She is still beautiful and in foal for 2021. She is one of the most pleasant Fjords we have had on the farm. She got lots of carrots today to celebrate the occasion.

Belated Happy 26th Birthday to Lupin, S1, G1, E, V, HOF.  Margaret made a special weekday trip to the farm to feed Lupin...
04/27/2021

Belated Happy 26th Birthday to Lupin, S1, G1, E, V, HOF. Margaret made a special weekday trip to the farm to feed Lupin lots of birthday carrots. Lupin is one of the most decorated Fjord mares in the NFHR history. Lupin is a very cool customer, if not a somewhat grouchy personality, but she can do anything. She definitely deserved the carrots.

In honor of Sisters Day, here are two full  sisters, Ironwood Mia Aliise and Ironwood Odelia.  Both are by Ironwood Blit...
04/10/2021

In honor of Sisters Day, here are two full sisters, Ironwood Mia Aliise and Ironwood Odelia. Both are by Ironwood Blitzen and DC Josefine (Bayshore Simen). Only one is a brown dun. The other is.....filthy.

04/07/2021

Sometimes I learn about a sale horse that is not on the market. There is a 10 year old Fjord mare located within 8 hours of my farm in Rixeyville who will be coming on the market. Has had several foals. Brown dun, over 14 hands. Very well bred on both sides of the pedigree. The mare has been used with kids and trail rides. Very quiet and has a good disposition. Asking price is $12K firm. I want to be clear about the price because this is the type of Fjord everyone is looking for and the market rate has gone up considerably in recent years due to demand. I have agreed to give the seller a list of prospective buyers to contact next week when photos and videos are done. For the record, I have no financial interest in this sale. Send me a message if you are interested.

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Homeland Rd
Rixeyville, VA
22737

Opening Hours

Saturday 8am - 6pm
Sunday 8am - 6pm

Telephone

(540) 729-4430

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Look, we did a thing! Jen and Mel traveled down to VA two weeks ago to pick up Elli the Fjord. She's been put through her paces since then and just passed her health check so we're pleased to announce...we've got a new Fjord for our therapy program! Please welcome this cute, inquisitive pony who LUVS people. πŸ˜πŸ΄πŸŽ“ Thank you Ironwood Farm and all of our generous Fjord Fund donors!