Stormur Goes to School

Stormur found a toy.

 Hi, My name is Stormur. I’m 7 years old. I was born during a storm so Sam named me Stormur. I love to play. I found this stuffed animal toy on the farm to play with.

I went to school for the very first time this September. Sam drove me to school in the trailer.

stormur-and-ravenI met many new friends at school. This is Raven. He was my first friend. We had a lot of fun playing in the pasture and eating the yummy green grass.

stormur-in-classThis is a picture of me, Miss Joy and my teacher in class. Miss Joy is my partner. We learn together. Some of the things were hard to do but Miss Joy and I kept trying until we improved our skills. The teacher said we did very well.

stormur-at-school-with-joy-samMr. Sam came to visit me one day during class. It made me happy and I worked extra hard so he would be proud of me.

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Race Results 2016

We had a fantastic turnout for our 9th Annual ThorpeWood 10K Trail Run and 5K Trail Walk/Run! Our final count was 200 participants, the most we’ve had in 9 years! We had runners and walkers from all across Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Participants who came the farthest were from Portland, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois! Ages ranges from 3 to 71!


One of the K-9 participants stopping at a water station.

We also had a fair amount of man’s best friends participants.

This year our running bibs included a tear off strip that helped us with scoring. The strip also had space provided for our participants to included why they were running. We really enjoyed reading these as we entered the results. and thought we would share a few with you.

I’m Running Because:

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  • it’s a lifestyle
  • #operationpretty
  • I’m Awesome!
  • I still can
  • My Mom made me do it
  • to prove to myself I won’t die!
    One of our volunteers being silly about handing out water to the runners and walkers.

    One of our volunteers being silly about handing out water to the runners and walkers.

  • love the outdoors
  • it’s pretty here
  • ThorpeWood is fantastic!
  • love the YMCA and ThorpwWood
  • wedding today
  • EAL Program

Through the participation of you the runners/walkers and the generosity of our donors we netted $4700 which will go toward offering our EAL and other programs to the YMCA Head Start kids.  So many thanks to you all! 

We would also like to give a special thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors. We appreciate and value the donation of your time and financial resources.

Avery Fair, our top male finisher and youngest male finisher.

Avery Fair, our top male finisher and youngest male finisher.

Mark your calendar for next years 10th Annual Trail Run on Sunday, September 3, 2017. 

The results of the 10K  are posted below.  Thanks again for being a part of it, and we hope to see you back again next year!

PlaceBib #First NameLast NameAgeGenderTime
13336MattFitzgerald M0:53:50.46
17396ChristopherCacciola M0:55:20.35
18359ShaunPeters M0:55:51.29
21348MilaMauro M0:56:29.49
23322ChrisDerpic M0:57:11.96
26324EricEller M0:57:47.33
30306JeffCann M0:58:12.45
31386  63M0:58:22.23
37312ToddCooley M1:00:22.03
45328RobinHaye 42F1:02:27.09
47337    1:02:33.29
51330CatherineForrence F1:05:14.23
55339NicoleHesselink F1:06:56.93
56345MeganKuhns F1:07:10.43
61321HerbertDennison III39M1:09:36.63
77394ElizabethGuertin F1:14:12.51
81403CarolGotte F1:18:22.42
85344MyronKremer  1:22:22.77
88326AnnEveritt F1:25:05.94
90364JackPollard M1:27:41.12
91363LorrainePollard F1:27:42.21
93334JohnGodinet M1:38:17.90


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T-Shirts, Trophies, and Tips for our Trail Run

September 4th wi14124424_10154465380194798_4054740006958181102_oll be here before you know it! Pre-Registration ends on September 1st. Participants who pre-register receive a T-shirt so if you’re “all about the shirt” register today!  Pre-registration is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K. You can register HERE. You may also register the day of the event. Registration fees on Race day are $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K.


We are so happy to have Robert Fortenberry, photographer extraordinaire, coming on Sundayf to get the memories and participants on camera!

A few tips to keep in mind for the event:

  • You can find directions to ThorpeWood here. We don’t recommend following the GPS recommended route.
  • Parking is near the Homestead & Barn (not the Horse Barn), watch for our parking attendants for assistance.
  • Registration is located at the Horse Pavilion
  • Don’t forget to grab a banana provided by The Common Market.
  • While running or walking Keep Your Eyes on the Trail
  • Keep in Mind Trail Running is different than road running so Slow Down and Smell the Forest

This year the top 3 male, top 3 female and top young male/female finishers will receive medals.27838

Afterwards enjoy some “good beer for good people” provided by Flying Dog Brewery.

Good Luck and Thanks for supporting this event!! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

If you have any questions, please email or call 301-271-2823.

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Door Prizes at the Trail Run, September 4th, This Sunday!!!

We have some fabulous door prizes for those participating in this Sundays 9th Annual 5K/10K Trail Event at ThorpeWood!

Registration numbers are low, so please consider participating for a great cause!!

14115402_1112092402201842_937897514312724464_oTarara Winery is donating a concert VIP tent that accommodates 16 guests! It will be an amazing evening with music by Reflex! Package is valued at $480.

The YMCA of Frederick County is donating a 3-month membership!

Anytime Fitness in Thurmont is donating memberships and Personal Trainer sessions!

The Trail House, If the Shoe Fits and Express Signs have donated gift cards.

If you are still on the fence about participating, please keep in mind that all proceeds are used to provide our Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program (along with the use of our Lodge and property) to Frederick County Head Start and Frederick County YMCA! Please support this event if you can!!

Pre-registration is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K. You can register HERE. You may also register the day of the event. Registration fees on Race day are $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. ONLY PRE-REGISTRANTS WILL RECEIVE A T-SHIRT.

You may also register by visiting and search: ThorpeWood.

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Our Trail Run is Almost Here!

20160729_100449Fall is just around the corner and so is our Annual Trail Run. On September 4th at 9am (registration is at 8am) we will kick off our 9th Annual Trail Run Event. Come and experience the beauty on Catoctin Mountain as you run or walk the beautiful trails on our property. Pre-registration is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K. You can register here. You may also register the day of the event. Registration fees on Race day are $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. ONLY PRE-REGISTRANTS WILL RECEIVE A T-SHIRT.

Bring a team of folks and run together as many of the employees of our sponsors do …they have a ball on the course because they do it as a group.  Also, remember the 5K fun run/walk can be such fun for the whole family, including FIDO on a leash.

This year we have several new sponsors, Anytime Fitness in ThurmontOle Mink Farm Recreation Resort, Express Signs, Dapper DJ Services, and Nationwide Insurance (Dan Schiffman).


Our returning sponsors include:

Door Prizes have been generously donated by some of our sponsors.

In appreciation for their sponsorship please think of these local businesses when you are in need of the type of services they provide. 

20160714_114422If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact Julie Castleman, or call 301-271-2823.

Proceeds from this event benefit Head Start and the YMCA of Frederick County to participate  in ThorpeWood’s Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program and to enjoy our property for their summer programs.


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Countdown to Our Annual 10K Trail Run & 5K Fun Run/Walk

We are about a month away from our Annual 10K Trail Run and 5K Fun Run/Walk. September 4th will mark our 9th year of hosting this fundraiser for the Head Start Programs through the YMCA in Frederick County.  headstart

Proceeds for this event offset the costs for the Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Program we offer to Head Start Frederick County. We’ve been partnering with Frederick County YMCA providing programs for kids for many years. This past year was our 3rd school year to provide the EAL program for their Head Start participants.

We have witnessed how EAL enriches the lives of those who participate and want to continue to provide what we think is a valuable and unique opportunity for these kids. Some have never been this close to a horse.  After a few days the horses have captured their hearts and the experience has created change in these young hearts, sometimes profound changes.

Come enjoy the beauty on the mountain. We love to share it with others!TW race shot

Register now and please share with family and friends.

Flying Dog Brewery will be providing beer at the finish…as they have done in past years! The Common Market will be providing yummy bananas! Other sponsors are Express Signs, Ole Mink Farm Resort, Draper and McGinley CPA, The Trail House and If the Shoe Fits…hoping for a few more sponsors and volunteers. Email Julie at if you would like to be more involved. She will also be ordering race t-shirts in the next week. So be sure to get registered!!

Online registration is now available here. Our record turnout was 182. We’d love to exceed that number this year. Registration prior to the event is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K. Day of event registration is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K

head start wagon

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The Hagen Arboretum at ThorpeWood

It’s a rainy af13647034_1557839314523092_1939678635_o (1)ternoon in early summer on Catoctin Mountain. The curvy road to ThorpeWood takes you to an elevation above 1500 feet. There are no city sounds up here, only the sound of the rain hitting the leaves and the trickling spring of Bussard Branch.  A rainy day on the mountain is a pleasure. The air is cool and a light breeze wafting through the trees gives the appearance that the leaves are applauding. Bravo, rainy day. Bravo.lane to barn 1

Mountain weather is not quite like the weather at lower elevations. As a matter of fact, it can be quite different. As you drive up the mountain from its base it may begin as a warm and sunny day but soon you are enveloped in a cool mist. No matter what the weather there is an ethereal beauty that can be found here, a thousand feet up. But there is more to this heavenly space. Nestled high on this mountain ridge is a gem few know about, the Hagen Arboretum at ThorpeWood.

Named after the previous owner, this Arboretum has been in the making for more than four decades. Originally owned by the Hagen family, this 40-acre garden paradise began with one tree, a Mimosa. It was a gift from Gordon Hagen to his mother and would be the first tree he had ever planted. He was 35 years old.  Now over 45 years later, this impressive tree collection has caught the eye of many arborists and garden enthusiasts around the country.the magnolia i know

As you walk through this vast collection of trees you might recognize quite a few magnolias. A favorite tree of Mr. Hagen, there are over 400 magnolia trees in the arboretum.  The typical southern magnolia with its thick leathery leaves and large fragrant creamy white blossoms is represented as is a variety of Asian species that explode with pink blooms in early spring. He has collected over 20 species that range in traits of large leaves to tiny flowers and come in white, pink, red and yellow.

One of the most colorful areas of the arboretum and a popular place for wedding ceremonies is near the dawn redwoods. Entering this area from the lane you walk under a canopy of dogwoods, cypress, and firs. The path opens to a grassy pathway as you pass an impressive weeping beech. Flower gardens line the pathway with colorful blooms throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The path comes to an end at a ring of five dawn redwoods where many a bride and groom have started their lives together.

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The rain has finally stopped and the trees seem a brighter shade of green. Water droplets resting on flower petals reflect a clearing sky. It’s a heavenly setting. Take a deep breath and let the cares of the world slip away.


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Save The Date: ThorpeWood’s 9th Annual Trail Run

We are very excited to announce that the date of this year’s Trail Run will be September 4th. This is the 9th year for our 10K Trail Run and 5K Fun Run/Walk. It is our only fundraising event of the year. HS kids snooder and G (1) The proceeds help offset the costs of the EAL program we provide for the children in Frederick County’s YMCA Head Start Program. We love these kids and are so blessed to spend time with them here at ThorpeWood. We know the time they spend here impacts their lives in a positive way and we appreciate the opportunity to share our time and resources with these precious little people.

We think our Trail Run is unlike any other in the area. trailrunner It is suitable for the whole family including your canine members.  (Only leashed dogs are allowed and please come prepared to clean up after your pet.) It is also suitable for all levels of trail running experience. The trails are easy enough for beginners yet challenging enough for more experienced trail runners.

Pre-Registration is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K. Click here for online registration. Or you can download and print a registration form here and mail to the address listed on the form before September 1st. Those who preregister will receive an event T-shirt and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a one-night stay in our Pond Cottage. You may also register the day of the event. Day of Event Fees are $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K.

If you or anyone you know is interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Julie Castleman at, or call 301-271-2823.

Please help us spread the word by sharing with your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you in September!


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Behind The Scenes at ThorpeWood

Fandi in the morning a pasture

Fandi, a 21 year-old Icelandic horse, grazes in a pasture on a misty morning at ThorpeWood.

It’s morning on Catoctin Mountain. The sun peeks over the tops of white pines and rays of sunlight travel across a dew covered pasture. Dandelions sway in a light breeze as a bumble bee visits each flower. An orchestra of songbirds fill the air along with an occasional horse blow in the distance. The mountain has awakened from its long winter’s nap and nature has begun to show off. It’s finally springtime at ThorpeWood!

Nature is busy this time of year. New life is emerging all over the mountain including at ThorpeWood as couples exchange vows to begin a new season in their life. Our event calendar is also filled with corporate and nonprofit events, birthday parties, baby and wedding showers, and anniversaries.

 In addition to these events, we continue to be graced with the presence of little hands, little feet, and big smiles as all Head Start children in Frederick County participate in our horse program which is especially designed for the wee ones.  Through this program, our Icelandic horses help to teach them about their big beautiful world and how to respond to it.

Children of Head Start use the horseman’s handshake to approach Snudder.

As spring turns to summer, more children arrive to learn alongside our horses during summer camps. Our annual Trail Run, scheduled for September 4th this year, will signal the end of the summer and welcome the beautiful colors of fall to the mountain. Wedding season will hit its fall peak and as the temperature drops we close out the year with our 17th annual Holiday Open House.

dinnertime for Icelandics

Half of our Icelandic herd waits for dinner (left to right: Geyser, a 19 year-old gelding; Snudder, a 21 year-old gelding; Stormur, a 7 year-old gelding; Thokkadis, a 12 year-old mare; and Garpur, a 7 year old gelding).

With a property of this size and the amount of activity occurring throughout the year, there is a lot of work to do to keep the property up and ready for all the activities that come to ThorpeWood. The grounds are kept beautiful by our hard working property manager. Our barn manager loves our herd (nine Icelandic horses and one Percheron-quarter horse cross). She expertly cares for both the horses and the entire equine area along with two part-time employees whose roles are essential to completing the work. Nearly all ThorpeWood’s staff have been trained as horse professionals and are qualified to work our Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs where we partner with horses to teach communication skills and deepen relationships. Additionally, the roles of our part-time facility manager and bookkeeper are critical to ThorpeWood’s day-to-day functions. Our program director supports and works side-by-side with all our managers and oversees ThorpeWood’s general operations.

Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood, a separate business, books and manages all the events on the property. The owners work hard to meet the desires of each client so their event will flow with ease from beginning to end.

Homestead's old dairy barn

Our Homestead’s old dairy barn is one of several locations available for events.

ThorpeWood’s mission is to provide nonprofits and other groups access to the bounty of the natural resources with which we are blessed. Our hope is that all who visit will be refreshed, inspired, and given new tools that they can take on life’s journey. We look forward to welcoming you to ThorpeWood.

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SAVE THE DATE: Ruut and Friends!

MaRUUT copyrk your calendars….Saturday, April 9th for a Ruut concert at the ThorpeWood lodge! It has been a few years since Ruut has shared her music with us and she is so excited to be coming back to the Mountain! Her new record will be done at the end of January, so we will do a CD release celebration on the 9th! Ruut is touring with a very talented string quartet, Invoke, who also played on her new record. According to Ruut, “they are PHENOMENAL” and they will perform with her at ThorpeWood!

Tickets are $25 and the event is BYOB. As before, we’ll provide ice and glasses. The time is still being confirmed, but it will be an evening event!

Share with friends! Promises to be a great evening!

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