Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year to everyone!

Wish you a very Happy New Year!


Throughout the rest of this Year and all of 2011...
May you always make the right moves....

May your cup runneth over with love.

May you always find shelter from any storm.

May you remain good looking and looking good!

May you find the perfect Food for your soul.
(If this face doesn't make you want to stop eating sausage, nothing will.)

May you find perfect balance in the company you keep.

May you have as much fun as you can before someone makes you stop.

May the worst thing that happens to you come in slobbery pink and furry tan.

May you manage to make time for siesta.

May all the new folks you meet be interesting and kind.

May your accessories always harmonize with your natural beauty!

Should your mouth be bigger than your stomach, may you have a chewing good time!

May you always know when to walk away and know when to run.

And may your friends always bring you joy!
MAY YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR
FILLED WITH LOVE, HAPPINESS, AND HOPE.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Welcome Lucinda!




New Haflinger mare will be our official part of Spirit Team for 2011!
Thank you Carina and Carolyne for letting her come to our field...and thank you Beverly and Laura for help about transportation...without friends it would be impossible....

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

What a day !





Thank you, Naomi, Mira, Ilana, Carolyne, Katie, Elizabeth, Sarah Fleming, Sarah Morehouse, Sandy, Brittany....For riding performances, for working hard to prepare horses, and to provide safe and fun riding experience for our guests...
Thank you Julia, Laura...for promoting Spirit Story...
Thank you Patrick and Elizabeth...for great ride today
Thank you all parents for supporting us...
Congratulation to all riders, volunteers, helpers... you are the best!
With this kind of team, Spirit rules... :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday Dec/27

Spirit Team will be on site, but considering low temperature and wind, it is up to parents of younger kids to make final decision to come or not.
Please, contact me in case you are not coming.
Thank you!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

End of the year....


Prospective snow tomorrow...
Check here for possible cancellation of Monday lessons, or call...
Hope to see you, wishing you a great holidays!
Do not forget Tuesday 12/28 our presentation 12-2 PM!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Greetings



All of us at Spirit Team join in saying Thank You and wishing you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Thursday, December 23, 2010



Spirit horses, thanks to Hayhuts enjoy dry and clean hay longer and safer than ever...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gift for horses



Look here what will make life easier to us and to horses....

Holidays!!!

Dear Sandy, Sarah and Jeff,
thank you so much for providing right presents for our volunteers and riders,
Spirit Team is the best!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tuesday Dec/28


Spirit People,volunteers, riders, families...come and have some fun with Spirit team in this special season....


We have one more chance to present our work, Tuesday, December 28th 12-2 PM
At indoor facility, individual riders, will have a chance to show off their riding skills doing dressage test, and volunteers will help us present synchronized riding presentation...

Pony ride for guests :)

Come meet Spirit, Tess, Infinity and Colby....meet Spirit Team...Tuesday 12/28 at noon at FPFP indoor ring.

Larisa is gone


Champion Morgan mare Larisa, is gone today. She is lucky to have good retirement home at the field with friends...
Good luck, Larisa, and stay warm...Spirit the mare, and whole herd was upset seeing her entering into trailer....

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Let it snow...and occasion to gather Dec/28th


Here it is...
Our horses are happy with new stall and chances to spend a night inside at inclement weather as it was few days ago...
Leafs for bedding seems to be nice, warm and tasty, too.
Small issues about frozen hose, but all is well...

December/28th at noon -2 PM riders, volunteer, friends, guests - all welcome at the indoor facility at FPFP

Program presentation Intro test, Becky, Elizabeth, Carolyne, Katie, Riding in pair or four - volunteers, and pony ride for guests....

Contact me about details...

Friday, December 10, 2010

If you like Spirit and our work....you can give a gift for Christmas!








Click Above and donate on line!
Thank you for any help!

Did you know....

that Theresa and Don Clark are special angels at our field...who almost every morning use to come and clean the field? Who take care that our herd has enough fresh water?

Because only angels can make that small field so nice, clean, and whole home of Spirit so special that it looks like a miracle...together with new barn and shed (in that story main angels were Anita, Vineet and SCi Team)

Thank you, Spirit Angels!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Saturday


As most of Saturday riders took a brake during winter months, Saturday will be day for volunteer training, horse exercise (Educational program riders, and volunteers) , field and tack maintenance, and make up lessons...if weather permits.

See weekly schedule for details.

Thank you!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Friday cancelled - no access to the indoor ring....

Friday volunteers and riders,
As it has been announced, at the Park activity doc for this month, this, and next Fridays, Indoor arena will be closed, so we have to skip any activity for December 10th and 17th.
Monday and Tuesday lessons are going on as scheduled.
There are some open spots Tuesday 6-7 PM

Stay in touch with Spirit :)!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Too cold to ride today....


Sorry...wind makes our field very uncomfortable place even to prepare horses for lesson...so , please, stay warm at home.

Hoping for less chill next Tuesday.... :(

Monday, December 6, 2010

On the way back home...


...after 2 hours of hard work, Spirit Team on it's way back home.....
(what a joy to use warm indoor this days!)

Who presented Spirit this Saturday at FPFP?

Becky, Elizabeth, Lia, Nicole and Wendy rode at the begining of big event this Saturday, presenting Spirit and we are proud of them!

Thank you for this!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Temperature issue....



Possible change and chance for Saturday riders to continue with lessons is to Choose between Tuesday at 6 PM or Friday 5 or 6 PM and ride inside...Even temperature is OUTSIDE very low, inside is much warmer and it is possible to have regular lessons.

Also, it is up to parents to recognize and make decision for taking a brake in therapy in case of low mobility, poor circulation or low muscle tone, which can cause increased sensitivity in low temperature.

Saturday should be a maintenance day for staff and volunteers, including possible riding :)

Need your opinion before final decision.

Please, contact me to find the best solution for each rider.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Big THANK YOU to the great Spirit Team today....Julia, Sandy, Sarah (tall), Sarah (young), Naomi, Ilana, Mira, Elizabeth, Becky,Lia, mom Laura, mom Sharon, Blair...hope I di dnot forget anyone...it was long day, and in pony ride 153 young riders on horses, as far as I counted :)!!!! (maybe less for bank, but it is a lot more than 100)

Only our horses worked more than we did :)

It was fun and nice to present Spirit at Park today...
See you Monday :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Friday and Saturday cancellation

Dear Friday volunteers and riders,
Please, forgive me, but due of hay delivery and manure removal tomorrow, (Friday) starting at noon....will not be able to stay at our usual time 5-7

Also Saturday seems that temperature will be below 40 whole day and it is too cold for therapy or very young kiddos...hoping for better weather next Saturday, or, please, contact me if you want to schedule next week day evening for make up lesson in indoor.



Volunteers and riders for presentation and pony ride,see you Saturday at 10 AM to prepare horses....
Looking forward to seeing you ....

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Saturday December 4th


There is a big presentation of equestrian programs in community...and Spirit Team presents our work.... 1-1:15 PM, and we will do pony ride for guests at the park until 3PM
Volunteers are welcome, and if you are rider, contact me if you can / want to participate as rider...

Bring friends and families....

Come out and enjoy an after noon of fun holiday spirit and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Fairfax County Parks and Recreation at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA!

Among many holiday themed events there will be equestrian demonstrations between 1 pm and 5 pm. Admission is free, some activities have a small fee.

A list of our equestrian demos:

1:00 Spirit Open Riding Program - Therapeutic and Riding Lessons Demonstration
1:15 Pony Club Jumping Demonstration
2:10 Norwegian Fjord Horse Demo including Blitzen and Santa
2:30 Mounted Games Demo by Dominion Valley Pony Club, Difficult Run Pony Club and Serene Acres PC Riding Center.
3:00 Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
4:00 Musical Freestyle and Dressage Exhibition
4:30 Topaz Vaulters - Gymnastics and Dance on Horseback


Other things to do include:

12:30pm – 3:30pm: Children’s Holiday Shopping at the Country Store.
1:00pm – 7:00pm: Old-Fashioned Holiday on the Farm, strolling carolers, holiday music, warming fires, story telling and more! S’mores kits for $.60 at the warming fire.
1:00pm – 5:00pm: Farm Animal Fun, meet the animals, pony rides ($5), dog and horse demonstrations.
3:00pm – 7:00pm: Tour the Farm, wagon rides. ($3)
3:30pm – 7:00pm: Photos with Santa on his Sleigh. ($5)
5:00pm – 5:30pm: Prize Drawings and Holiday Wishes from Farmers and Friends!
5:30pm – 6:00pm: Meet our special draft horses…the Legendary Michael and Jesse!
5:30pm – 7:00pm: Company Store Performs at Middleton Barn. Enjoy music from Virginia’s Appalachians, vocal refrains, good fiddlin’ and country humor.

This event is happening, rain or shine!

2709 West Ox Rd
Herndon, VA 20171
(703) 437 9101

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Correction...


Young volunteers, please, note that I made mistake about possible mucking without adult person at the field.


So far, please, no entering into a field without approved adult person from Spirit Program.


Jeff, Linda, Hedy, Julia, Lora (Margaret's and Sarah's mom, Therese, Sandy, April or me (Dada) should be present for any activity at the field.

Thank you, and, please, share this with friends volunteers.

Dada

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday time just starts!

Ready for winter?
We do...stalls are cozy and warm, and we welcome any well packed bags of leaves for bedding :)

It is time to ride in indoor facility and we are thankful for that opportunity to the Park Authority and Frying Pan Farm Park...

Please, note that we have long Saturday schedule this week.

Presentation of Spirit Program will take a part at special Park event and we need volunteers to help about pony ride 1-3 PM, and riders for presentation time 1-1:20.

Thank you all who help to keep our field clean...it is hard and important work....beside volunteers, big Thank You to Therese and Don , who, almost daily work at this endless project...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

You Deserve Thanks

Thank you for remembering our friends with disabilities at Spirit Program.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Day!


Spirit Program is thankful for so many special moments with riders, volunteers, for field, stalls, and friends in community, and at the Frying Pan Farm Park, for families, sponsors, special people who recognized Spirit and support it.
Thank you!
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Friday and Saturday sessions - no indoor ring. In case of rain, will be cancelled.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving time....



It was great day today at Spirit Field

Thank you SCi people, volunteers, officers, friends, families, for hard work, great time together, food, drink, thanks to horses for patience and hard work....

It was another great day with Spirit!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Meet Spirit and show Spirit this Saturday


Our field will host guests from SCi and all friends and donors who help Spirit to grow and to do our Mission.
Looking forward to seeing you there !
We shall meet at 9.30, to prepare field and set up horses for therapy and presentation after that....
Take care...Big show is going on this week end at the Park.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Saturday - Thanksgiving time



Time to say thank you!
This Saturday, November/20th at noon - Thanksgiving gathering. Do not miss it!Social time at field, opportunity to say THANK YOU to SCi people and family who donated a home for our horses, Mary Kate's softball crew who helped painting....all friends and supporters, volunteers....Let's show Spirit in action!

Therapy, this Sat, will go in two groups, starting at 10:30 and 11.30...all riders, families and volunteers are invited, so plane to stay with Spirit few hours more this Saturday :)



Snacks and refreshment will be provided, but any contribution is welcome:)

Thank you,
see you at Spirit Field.

:D

No lessons today!

Rain made our decision....just too much rain, so no lessons today...sorry :(

Possible make up Friday at 5 PM, please, confirm your attendance.
Thank you!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thank you!

Look what you done together...from this:

To this...


Thank you to all who helped to paint our new stall, Mary Kate - and all her friends from Soft ball Team (+ several parents) High school students from Paul VI,Julia, Linda, Laura, Margaret and Sarah, Sindhu,Emily (+ mom), Sandy, Naomi, Ilana and Myra, and David, Nicole's father....

Happy 14th Birthday to Kelly!
She did her first trot today!

...and all Spirit riders did great in this sunny morning, Robbie, Kate, Regina, Joey...

Go, Spirit Team, go!
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Do not forget, next Saturday Nov/20th at noon - Thanksgiving presentation of Spirit to friends from SCi and all special people, friends of Spirit who helped us this year....

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Report from Denver

Just came last night from Denver....
I am glad to be able to give you a good report.
I did that speech in honor to Marj, so beginning was in tears... It was bad schedule...last spot at Friday evening after full day Thursday, and Friday different lectures....and people had to choose among 4-5 possible speakers at the same time in different rooms...so did not expect so much at all...But it was almost 40 people, all of them interested in my story about need to open the gate for possible Para dressage riders and "take them off the lead rope"...I talked about experience I have from CRO, about friendship and honor to know Jonquil, Marj, Inger, Sue, and all others...I talked about riders, their personalities and our obligation to treat them as human beings with full respect, and accept that there is a line when therapy is only for soul and mind...and sport that provides....I talked about group of riders of age 12 and older who drops off the NARHA programs because they do not have appropriate activities if they have only physical disability, so we all work with mostly kids with Autism and Developmental delay...forever...and CP MS, and post trauma status riders are leaving after hippo therapy experience... My idea was to inspire and motivate, and hope I did it. It was planed 45 min, but people stayed next 30 min asking questions....Spirit will try to set up network and, maybe, try to develop Para equestrian on East Cost and central states (West cost does not seems to have problems...)...Plan is to promote presentation and low level local shows all over the USA...as now there are only national trials, so hope that our initiative will be missing link ....

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lessons in indoor ring

Starting Monday, 11/7 we will have very early dark time of the day.
while weather is still not too cold, we might have lessons in lower outdoor ring if light will be thurned on....or just in indoor ring as scheduled.

As our new tack room has light, it is possible to tack horses in the field or in stall (we will provide some light there, too)....

Miss you, Spirit people, riders and horses, and can not wait to see you at Monday again.
:(
Dada

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Get ready for painting



Our beautiful new barn needs painting....
Volunteers needed, and bring any painting equipment you can find.... :)
Time
Saturday, Nov, 13 (weather permits)

Also,sometime soon, we plane short presentation of Spirit Program, riders, volunteers, horses...for special people who built warm home for our horses, and all friends of Spirit.... potluck lunch and some fun social time...Hope to see you there!

WIHS - Congratulation Wendy and Larisa, thank you Julia and Linda!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Help needed for Sunday!


Dear all,
as you know Wendy and Larissa are going to present Para equestrian discipline and Spirit Open Equestrian Program, tomorrow at the Washington International Horse Show.

Spirit will have a table to present our vision and mission there.

It is great opportunity to spread Spirit Story.

I will have 4-5 passes for tomorrow show, and whoever is willing to help, please contact me....with pass you have free access to the Show, and few hours duty to be around Spirit presentation table.
Time - 1 PM to the end of the show. No one is obligate to spend all time there, but we need to cet up schedule for presentation table duty to cover whole time.

Please, reach me by phone or e-mail if you want to be part of WIHS tomorrow with Spirit.

Thank you!
Dada

Friday, October 29, 2010

WIHS

I am proud to be able to inform you that Spirit's rider, Wendy Shugol, Para equestrian rider Grade 1a will promote Para equestrian dicsipline, at the Washington International Horse Show this Sunday. She will ride her Morgan mare, Larissa, and perform her Free Style test.

Still no lessons this Saturday....

I had a plan to work at the facility this Saturday, but nothing official. Sorting tack and organizing new storage space...
Sometime around noon time...
Call me or e-mail if you have plan to come...
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Next week I am away (NARHA Conference at Denver, CO), 3-6 November. Monday and Tuesday lessons are going on as scheduled.
No lessons Wed., Thurs., Fri, Sat...
Sorry :(

Dada

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ready for winter...and this and that...



Horses at Spirit Field ready for winter :)
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Thank you all who helped today at filming material about Park and equestrian programs...You presented Spirit and it's potentials....Julia, Linda, Therese, Susan, April, Laura, Jeff....
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Still no lessons this Saturday...we will continue Saturday schedule at Nov/13
NO Wednesday and Thursday lessons next week ( November 3rd and 4th)
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Barn!




Get ready, Thanksgiving Presentation of Spirit in November!
Volunteers, riders, families, donors, friends...potluck party, presentation of our riders and horses...and chance to meet Spirit horses or even ride...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Therapy is back in saddle

John and Jacob had the best lesson ever today.
Thank you Linda, Jeff, Hedy, Julia, Emily, Sarah, Elizabeth, Katie and Carolyne

See you tomorrow!

Monday - possible rain

Dear all,
just to remind you all that we will do our lessons in indoor ring, but if you have any concerns or in case of heavy storm with lightening, call me
Thank you !

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Spirit at Oakton



And you can see us here...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Busy Saturday at Spirit Field and Oakton Park

Thank you! to all who spend time and worked for Spirit today...great people, Friends of Spirit from SCi who started new project at Spirit Field, Jeff, Therese and Erin who took care of our horses, to Shannon, Sarah and Kathleen who presented Spirit at Oakton this morning with Joey, Infinity and Colby Dylan, to Julia and Sarah who helped there, and to Dan who trailed horses to Oakton ...pics to come....

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Come and ride at Oakton


Oakton Community Park - October 23, 10:30 am to noon Weather Permitting - Riding
Demonstration by Spirit Open Equestrian Program
Sponsored by Fairfax4Horses.

Thank you Dan for helping in this project!

Riders and volunteers are welcome to help us present Spirit...come and meet CD&T and ride at Oakton :)!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

What a good work we done this Saturday



Thank you, Julia, Sandy, Therese, Kathleen, Sindhu, Naomi, Ilana, Myra...for sorting and replacing tack, and more than anything else for loving care to our horses....

Also, Spirit Program has been presented at Annandale Open House event at Oak Hill Home. Together with Frying Pan Farm Park, we presented equestrian activities at the Park and Spirit's Mission...Our horses did not leave fields, and Spirit Friend April with her Levi presented us at Annandale...see how it was:
...Thank you April, Alex and Levi!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

This Saturday - some work and fun instead of lessons


Saturday, 10/16 if you miss Spirit and smell of our horses, come at 9 AM to do some work at the field, around horses....and prepare space for new stall which is coming in 3-4 weeks....See you at the field!



PS -Did you know that angels are still around Spirit Program?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

IMPORTANT

Due of activities at the Park, and Dada's attendance at NARHA Congress in Denver, CO,
Saturday lessons well be canceled until November, 13.
Please, forgive us for inconvenience, and contact me if you can do Monday, Tuesday or Friday make up lessons at 6 PM.
Thank you,
Dada

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Monday

Monday is holiday, but lessons will be as scheduled...if weather permits :)
See you!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday riders

Kid's class last night, was special.
First time Tess, new mare, were included in lesson and Alex spent great time, doing all activities at this gentle giant's saddle.
All riders did great, showing natural talent, as well as huge desire to spend as much as possible time with our horses...helping Spirit Team even before and after lessons to do routine with Spirit, Colby, Infinity, Larisa and Tess.
Too bad, no photos yet...

Thank you Leslie for teaching, and Linda, Sarah, Anya, Alison, Sindhu, Margaret and Elizabeth for helping.

This class finishes after one more Wednesday, and then we have brake for two weeks...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Thank you, Linda!

Beside all volunteers there is an Instructor who coordinate lesson, and this Saturday, it was Linda, alone. Teaching not only Aaron, Burton and Robbie, she was coordinating the whole team around all riders, so smooth, safe and functional related to individual therapeutic goals, she made this Saturday special one.

Thank you, Linda!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Thank you note for Saturday and About Monday & Tuesday

Big thanks for great day this Saturday. Lot of work has been done, all items organized, place for new shed prepared, lessons done with lot of smiles and special moments for Cella, Aaron, Joey, Burton, Regina, Robbie and Kate!
Thank you, Julia, Therese, Jeff, Laura, Sarah, Sindhu, Naomi, Ilana, Myra wonderful team from Paul VI High school - Rachel, Molly, Holy..........all great people in Spirit Team. Thank you for working with Spirit and making it's mission so successful.

So far, it seems that rain will calm down before lesson at 5 PM, at Monday, and Tuesday should be nice weather, anyway.
It is possible, in case of light rain that we will do lessons in indoor...so volunteers or riders, if you do not see us at the field, or lower ring look for us in indoor at scheduled time.
Also, call me if you are in doubt, just after 1PM, please.
Wish you a nice week, and hope to see you,
Dada

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Saturday, weather is nice, so just come!


Let's ride today!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thank you , Beth!



Friend of Spirit, Beth, gave us her beloved Tessa to serve at the Spirit Program...
Welcome Tessa, and thank you Beth!

See you today, at 5 PM

Whoever been scheduled to ride and volunteers, old and new ones, it is a beautiful day, and I am looking forward to see you...
Our agenda for today - greet new mare Tessa, clean the field, do training for new volunteers, and even more fun things :)

Dada

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rain ....just too much .....

BAD WEATHER for this Thursday, and last lesson for adults will be delayed for next Thursday, October 7th ...
Stay at home warm and dry....

Be brave, do not give up!

There is a rain again predicted for afternoon, but Wednesday and Thursday we have Indoor .
Volunteers and riders, be brave and hope to see you tonight.
Dada

Monday, September 27, 2010

No lessons today!


Monday, September 27th

Sorry, no lessons today. Tuesday, lessons will be as scheduled.
Contact me by e-mail to discuss possible make up for Monday lessons.
Thank you
Stay warm and dry,
Dada

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monday and Tuesday lessons

Dear all,
so far situation is not so good. Heavy rain and thunderstorms have been on the forecast for Monday and some rain for Tuesday.
There are chances to do lessons at the indoor, but I will post info about that scenario sometime close to 3 PM tomorrow.
You can also call me between 1 and 3 PM to check about lessons.
Thank you, and hope to see you
Dada

Monday and Tuesday lessons

Dear all,
so far situation is not so good. Heavy rain and thunderstorms have been on the forecast for Monday and some rain for Tuesday.
There are chances to do lessons at the indoor, but I will post info about that scenario sometime close to 3 PM tomorrow.
You can also call me between 1 and 3 PM to check about lessons.
Thank you, and hope to see you
Dada

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thank you for hard work today, Spirit Team!

Great lessons, lot of fun and safe activities for riders, and today, whole Spirit Team did a great job preparing space for storage and possible new stall to come!
Friends of Spirit, special family who recognized Spirit's mission, decide to help to improve condition of our field, and provide storage, additional barn, and gravel to keep us dry....there are no words to enough Thank you for it...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Wednesday and Thursday - lessons start at 6 PM


I apologize if I create a mess, and I did, I know, as some of you came this week earlier...so to summarize:
MONDAY, TUESDAY, FRIDAY - lessons start at 5PM, so volunteers should come not later than 4.30 PM, please
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY - lessons for kids and adults - project with Frying Pan Farm Park, lessons start at 6, and volunteers should be there at 5.30 (Thursday, so far, we do not need volunteers)
SATURDAY - lessons start at 9 AM, and volunteers & instructors will meet at 8.30
Thank you!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Honey is gone....


...Honey, big horse in small body is gone back home to Plains, to his "mom" April...We loved him, but being too young (5), and so dominant at the herd, he did not fit into our busy program.
We will miss him, and Spirit is thankful to Ms April for her good will to help us giving him....and never know...maybe future will put him at our field again...
We are looking forward to do more projects together with Ms April, soon....
Good luck Honey!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Welcome new kids in class!

Today , Spirit started another Kid's class to teach about important life and equestrian skills. Thank you Leslie, Linda, Jeff, Sarah, Margaret, Sarah II, Anya, Alison, Sindhu for keeping our students safe and creating special Spirit-ed learning experience.

Also, thank you Don and Therese for keeping our field clean and usable for lessons!

There are so many angels in different shapes around Spirit...Thank you all :) !

Thursday, September 16, 2010

An hour earlier...

Do not forget, next week, lesson will start an hour earlier....check schedule, and contact me if you have any concerns...
Dada

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

An Invitation :)

Come to the Fairfax County Park Authority Listening Forum
Thursday, September 16, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Oak Marr RECenter
3200 Jermantown Road
Oakton, Virginia

and let them know how important equestrian facilities are. Ask for their support in getting a ring built at Laurel Hill and a Park-sponsored riding lesson program in Fairfax County

Saturday, September 11, 2010

It is dark, already...

Hi to all,
first, big THANK YOU to all today's helpers, Linda, Therese, Blair, Margaret, Sarah, Sindhu, Hannah, Alex....it was busy but again great Saturday to all our riders...

It is, probably, too late to change anything for this week, but, please, note, that starting at Monday,Sept 20, weekly evening lessons will start an hour earlier...at 5 and at 6 PM instead 6 and 7. Hope that it will work better for all.

This week, 13-18 lesson at 7 will be held in indoor arena if it is too dark.
Thank you, and see you next week,
Dada

Monday, September 6, 2010

Need your opinion!


After three years doing endless row of lessons trying to adjust to all individual needs, Spirit will switch to semester system. Spring and Fall semester will have 12, and Summer and Winter will have 6 weeks semester.
It is just a draft idea, so put your comments, share your concerns about it, please....

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Happy Labor Day to all!


Dear riders and helpers at Spirit Team,
Thank you for great Saturday lessons today, Therese, Sandy, Sindhu, Elizabeth, Abby, Elise...:)
Welcome Erin and Molly, new volunteers!
I wish you a very nice long Labor Day weekend and looking forward to seeing you soon again.
For holiday Monday, lessons will go on as scheduled, just, please, confirm your attendance.
Thank you :)
Dada

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Friday - Volunteer training again!


Dear new friends of Spirit!
Thank you for sending your Registration Form for volunteering at Spirit Open Equestrian Program.If weather permits, we are looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at 6.00 PM at Frying Pan Farm Park (West of lower ring at equestrian facility, or call me if you are not sure)
Here, you find out more about us, and if you have any questions, please, just contact me via e-mail from our website.
Friday is our day scheduled for maintenance field, possible make up lessons, take care for horses, have training for new volunteers, and appreciation ride for the most active volunteers in previous week....
Thank you and see you tomorrow.
Best regards,
Dada