Monday, May 31, 2010

Correction - Volunteer/Instructor training delayed to Friday 06/11


Please, forgive me for any inconvenience...I had something unavoidable this Friday, so we have more time to prepare, as Training Session will be delayed to next Friday, 06/11

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Friday evening 06/04 - Volunteers/Instructors training


For the whole Spirit Team, and even possible brand new volunteers!

Please, mark your calendar - Friday, 06/04 at our field will be training session to answer all questions about procedures, policies, practice some new skills about leading, grooming, helping in program ....

Pizza, snacks, cool drinks will be provided...

Agenda will be posted soon, and I hope that this kind of educational/social time will be set up at least once a month in future.

Thank you!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Welcome back, Karen!

There are no pictures from this Saturday, but weather was great, we had whole Park for Spirit, did nice trial ride through the woods, kids did great and we all had a lot of fun...best of all - old friend and therapeutic instructor, Karen, came back after long period.
Thank you, Karen, with you Spirit is stronger!

First adult class completed - feed back...


From new Friend of Spirit:
"It was truly life-changing for me, buidling confidence in myself and giving me 2+ hours of stress relief each week. I miss Colby already! My family constantly reminds me he is not "my horse".

Aside from the equestrian joys of the class, developing new ffriendships with you, Leslie, Diane and sweet little Mannie in such a short time was extraordinary. It feels like home to me.

You are not rid of me yet! I will be back for more lessons and I want to volunteer this summer after my school duties are over. In the meantime, when is a good time for me to drop off apples and carrotts for the horses? I don't want to get in the way or bother you when you are working, so please just let me know when and I will be there!

Thank you again for this wonderful program! Please feel free to post the pictures if you want, and use anything I've said as a quote for the website. I am telling all my friends about you and Leslie and this wonderful program. Please give Colby a pat on the head for me. Until I see you again soon, take care!

Friday, May 28, 2010

First adult class completed!

Congratulation to historic group First Class of adult students who have successfully completed Introduction to Horsemanship – Level One and committed future voluntary work at Spirit Program...
Pictures to come!

There are more classes for kids and adults, to learn about basic Horsemanship, natural approach, and meet magic of friendship with horses....

Thank you all who support this Project :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer schedule let's ride at the evening!


Summer months, June, July, August are too hot to be outdoor before 6 or even 7 PM
What do you think about weekly lessons starting at 6.30 and 7.30?
That would release pressure of rush hour at I 66 and Rt 50....

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Park Authority Ribbon Cutting For New Stables



Wow! What a day!
New facility at FPFP and equestrian people of Fairfax County celebrated it. Spirit is part of this community and we are proud of it :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rain :(

Sorry for this Monday rain...No lessons...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Welcome new class of riders at Frying Pan Farm Park!

SPIRIT OPEN EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM AT FRYING PAN PARK starts new class of riders this Wednesday!

Those are messages of previous class, and we will try to get same feed back again...





Our goal is to provide the opportunity for people of all ages and riding abilities the opportunity to learn, improve life skills, and overall quality of life by Equestrian Assisted Activities, the continued development of riders young and old and the support of their personal goals through horsemanship.

We are thankful to Frying Pan Park and Fairfax County Park Authority for this opportunity to work and serve community together.

This Wednesday new class will meet Spirit Team - instructors, assistants, volunteers who help to keep our lessons fun and safe, and meet our horses, partners in teaching new skills of kids we serve.

Spirit Team is looking forward to meeting new kids this Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday

Standard procedure...there are some chances for rain, so call or check Blog to find out about situation at the field.
Hoping to see you, wish you a nice day,
Dada

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Saturday at the Park




...after therapy, Dan, Leslie (friends of Spirit) with their horses, Clyde and Blue, with Solara and me spent few hours helping kids to feel riding and to promote equestrian activities at FPFP. Team of great people, Judy and Beverly, from non profit Fairfax4Horses, made the whole project possible, helping about helmets, mounting and walking...

Thank you all for this experience, and we will do it again :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day to all moms!


To all moms,

Best wishes for Mother's Day today and always,

Spirit Team

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hoping for a good weather!

It is 7.30, I am leaving home and all seems to be great...see you at Frying Pan Farm Park...or call me if you are not sure
Dada

Friday, May 7, 2010

Check blog/call me to see if there is any cancelation....


Chances of rain are 20% - not too much, but still check at 9 weather situation and call me...
Hoping to see you all,
Dada

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sonny is gone...



Mom Lori offered home and vet care for his legs...recently, we discovered Navicular syndrome as his condition...Spirit is not able to provide proper care and treatmant he needs for the rest of his life...Thank you, Lori for providing a good home for our Sonny...

Also, welcome Larisa, Morgan mare, smaller version of Infinity, and Thank you - Wendy for choosing Spirit as Larisa's home :)

With horses, we teach to understand, improve or control...



We teach about

Communication
Compassion
Confidence

Patience
Perseverance
Passion

Leadership
Liability
Loyalty


Energy
Emotions
Ethic

Frying Pan Farm Park Day this Saturday!



See Kelly our Saturday rider!

Saturday, May 8th
Program activities at our field and/or lower riding ring 9-11

Pony ride for Park and Spirit 11-1 . This is fundraising opportunity for Spirit, so, please, if you have time to help about it, contact me.

Thank you!

Happy Birthday Patrick!



This wonderful 12 yo boy celebrated his Birthday ad Spirit yesterday!
Happy Birthday, Patrick!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Education Projects with Spirit

First Level Horsemanship
and Riding Lessons
For Teens and Adults
Friday May 7 at 6 pm
Frying Pan Farm Park, Indoor Arena
4 ninety minute lessons,
All equipment, horses and instruction included
Will cover safety, horse anatomy, horse physiology, psychology and basic horse management and riding skills.

It's not just about a pony ride!

It's about learning important life skills!

Individual assistance with instructors.
Register at Frying Pan Farm Park

Call 703-437-9101 for registration or more information
Limited space - first come first served

Happy Birthday to Julia (last Saturday :) )