Monday, February 27, 2012

Good to know, if you belong to Spirit Team

SPIRIT OPEN EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM TEAM GUIDELINES

• INSTRUCTOR – organize and execute safe and functional lesson delivery to clients, coordinate Volunteer Team during program activities, communicate with parents as needed, provide written evaluations, including short/long term goals, and individual plan of activities for each rider; in coordination with Executive Director (ED)

• ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR / INSTRUCTOR IN TRAINING supervised by Instructor, organize and execute safe and functional lesson delivery to clients, coordinate Volunteer Team during program activities, communicate with parents as needed, provide written evaluations, including short/long term goals, and individual plan of activities for each rider; in coordination with ED



• HORSE CARE COORDINATOR – organizes and/or executes - feeding , vet assistance, therapies, routine prevention (vaccinations, deworming), field care before lessons, supervise grooming and warming up, assists in training and retraining ; in coordination with ED

• FACILITY & EQUIPMENT MANAGER – maintains and/or improves facility (barns, storages, pasture), fencing, generator, light, truck, watering system; in coordination with ED

• BARN MANAGER- organize and execute field and stall cleaning, watering, bedding, in coordination with the Horse Care Coordinator, Facility Manager and ED

• VOLUNTEER TRAINER (BARN MANAGEMENT) – organize and/or execute training for volunteer team including routine tack cleaning, storage, mucking and other barn management activities for volunteers, safe procedures and actual routine of activities at the field; in coordination with ED

• VOLUNTEER TRAINER (NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP) – organize and/or execute volunteer training and program activities related to Natural Horsemanship for Volunteer Team and during program activities, as needed; in coordination with ED

• VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR – organizes administration related to Volunteer Team, communicates and manages volunteer schedules, attendance, interests; in coordination with ED

• FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE – solicits and gathers voluntary contributions as monetary, or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies

• PUBLIC RELATIONSHIP COMMITTEE- manages the flow of information between Spirit Program and community; provides exposure to the community, using topics of public interest and news items that present our Vision and Mission.

Please, feel free to share ideas, comments and suggestions, with the team or to the person in charge of the area you are interested in.

Do not forget to remember to always respect one another, their position and title. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you!
Dada 

VOLUNEERS MENTORS FOR HORSE CARE
Zoe, Ilana, Mira, Naomi and Lindy are present Volunteers Mentors for horse care.
Volunteers Mentors, please, recruit new volunteers which you will mentor and let me know your team members.
Each of Mentor Volunteers should have a team of at least, 2-3 new volunteers.
Retraining of problematic horses can be only done by me , so please, assure that no one is trying to do anything related to problem habits of any horses who develop any kind of behavioral issues.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

News at the Park

It is time to visit Herndon’s new local vendor, indoor farmers market. Every Thursday, from 2:30 till 6:30 p.m., the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitors Center, located at 2739 West Ox Rd. in Herndon, will be transformed into a bounty of local produce for sale.

Seasonal items may include fresh spinach and other early salad greens, apples, garlic, onions, root vegetables, radishes, snap peas, fresh herbs and more. Other vendors will be selling home-baked goods, eggs, honey and locally-grown meat. What is even better is that you are supporting local vendors and small farmers in a segment of our economy that could use support.
More you can read HERE

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cold and windy was today at Spirit!

We had to cancel most of the lessons, but Spirit Team had a long morning taking care of field, horses, tack...
Special thanks to Mark who again improved our field with spare space for potential new pony in future (just accommodation field), John who , with Pedro did great job at stalls, and providing water for our horses....
Hope that now all of us are warm and safe.
See you Monday!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Saturday


Lessons will be held as scheduled!
Please, call if you can not attend.
Thank you!

Why Horses?

"Why Horses?
Those who are familiar with horses recognize and understand the power of horses to influence people in incredibly powerful ways. Developing relationships, training, horsemanship instruction, and caring for horses naturally affects the people involved in a positive manner.

The benefits of work ethic, responsibility, assertiveness, communication, and healthy relationships has long been recognized. Horses naturally provide these benefits. The use of horses is growing and gaining popularity with the rise of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.

So, "Why horses? Why not other animals?"
Horses are large and powerful, which creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. The size and power of the horse are naturally intimidating to many people. Accomplishing a task involving the horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides for wonderful metaphors when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.

Horses are very much like humans in that they are social animals. They have defined roles within their herds. They would rather be with their peers. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. An approach that seems to work with one horse, does not necessarily work with another. At times, they seem stubborn and defiant. They like to have fun. In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning. Using metaphors, in discussion or activity, is an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups.

Horses require work, whether in caring for them or working with them. In an era when immediate gratification and the "easy way" are the norm, horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, a valuable characteristic in all aspects of life.

Most importantly, horses have the ability to mirror exactly what human body language is telling them. Many people will complain, "The horse is stubborn. The horse doesn't like me," etc. But the lesson to be learned is that if they change themselves, the horses respond differently. Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers."

From web site http://www.spiritprogramva.com/, because that speaks my message, using real English ;)

No lessons today (Friday) - see you tomorrow!

Today, Friday - no lessons or any activity at the field.
Weather is unpredictable, but some gusty wind and storms are possible.
See you Saturday! :)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thank you Spirit Team! ...and - some thoughts between classes...

Thank you all who this Saturday did great work at the Spirit Field!

Our first 4 Week winter Class is over.

Next one starts 3/1. Between now and then we do individual classes for all riders from previous class at the same days -

Therapeutic Riding -Monday and Tuesday,
Kids beginners Wednesday,
Adults beginners Thursday.
Friday is day for Horses4Heroes, individual classes.
Saturday - lessons for students with scholarships, and possible individual lessons

You can register for next class at the Park web-site ,or by phone
703-437-9101
Individual lessons between classes should be confirmed with Spirit program by e-mail
spiritoep@gmail.com

Thank you!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Saturday 02/18 - no lessons

Dear Saturday riders and families,
I apologize, but this Saturday I have to go to do CPR and First Aid for my licence. It will be no lessons for Saturday 02/18.
Hoping to good weather next one (in two weeks) 02/25th and seeing you then.
Best wishes, fondly,
Dada

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cold morning in the field today


Last week of first Class of 2012

This Class was again fun, with great moments of success and improvement, learning new skills and bonding with special Spirit horses.

We met some new friends who will continue to ride with Spirit in weeks and classes ahead.

Thank you to all our great volunteers and helpers for making dreams possible for our students.

Hoping for warmer week than it was this week end and looking forward Spring time.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Great lesson today!

Congratulation Mr Cline and Tess!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Saturday - hoping for a good weather, but it might be cold

Dear riders and families,
please consider that temperature will be in upper thirties, but still dry untill PM hours.
Let me know (email me, please) if you have a plan to come and have a lesson.

For volunteers - there is always so much things to be done around horses, with or without kiddos, so hoping to seeing you there at 8.30
:)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Job opportunity for volunteers above 18 years at FPFP

Just got it from one of Park managers. They recognized how great Team we have, so this is an opportunity for those above 18, and future for those below that age :)

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Summer Camp Counselors

Job Description: Help make positive childhood memories and gain valuable experience in the parks and recreation and childhood development fields at Frying Pan Farm Park’s summer day camps. Under the direct supervision of the program supervisor, camp counselors will provide high quality services and exceptional customer service to campers and parents through program delivery. Camp counselors will plan, implement and supervise activities for children aged 8 – 14 including field trips and pool time; procure, organize and maintain camp supplies; keep camp program areas tidy, safe and presentable; prepare and distribute activity calendars and supply lists; communicate camper assessments to parents and make phone calls as necessary; document accidents, injuries, complaints and problems and report through the proper chain of command; and provide overall supervision of children enrolled in the program in keeping with FCPA procedures and policies.

Other job duties to support the program may be assigned.

Camps include:
Frying Pan Farm Fun Camp, a traditional summer day camp
History Adventure Camp
Scout Badge Camps
Art Explorers Camp
Farm Hand Camp
Doggone Fun Camp, children attend camp with the family dog (August 6 – 24
All About Horses Summer Camp (July 30 - August 23).

Minimum Qualifications: All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have experience working with children in a group setting. Must have proven strong oral and written communication skills. Must be a strong team player and demonstrate initiative to complete tasks. Interest in working with children outdoors.

Position Start Date: Must be available for required trainings at West Springfield High School June 5-8 5-9 pm. Other dates may be added in mid-June for camp planning or further site-specific training. Camps run June 25 through August 24.

Salary Info: Starting: $10

Application Process: You must submit a Fairfax County Park Authority seasonal employment application, résumé and include written two references related to childcare experience. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You may request a seasonal employment application packet by calling Frying Pan Farm Park at 703-437-9101 or by visiting the Equestrian Office Monday-Friday. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

If selected, you will be notified of additional procedures to begin employment.

Interested candidates should forward application packets to Lee Ann Shenefiel, Program Operations Manager, Frying Pan Farm Park via:

Email: lee.shenefiel@fairfaxcounty.gov

OR

Mail: Lee Ann Shenefiel
Frying Pan Farm Park
Fairfax County Park Authority
2709 West Ox Road
Herndon, Virginia 20171

Questions? Call Lee Ann at 703-437-9101



Birthday Party Facilitator

We are seeking highly motivated individuals who are enthusiastic about providing superior recreational, educational and environmental and cultural resource stewardship opportunities to enhance the quality of life for all.

Job Description: Help make positive childhood memories and gain valuable experience in the parks and recreation field by facilitating birthday parties at Frying Pan Farm Park!

Under the direct supervision of the birthday party coordinator, party facilitators set up and clean up program spaces; fuel tractors; transport small farm animals; greet party guests; lead programs featuring farm animals; drive tractor with wagon on a farm tour

Party facilitators may be trained in carousel operation or assist with future party program development.

Minimum Qualifications: All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Must be personable, punctual, dependable and capable of working alone. Must have proven strong oral communication skills. Must be a strong team player and demonstrate initiative to complete tasks. Interest in working with children outdoors.

Salary Info: Starting $10

Application Process:

You must submit a Fairfax County Park Authority seasonal employment application, résumé and two references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You may request a seasonal employment application packet by calling Frying Pan Farm Park at 703-437-9101 or by visiting the Equestrian Office Monday-Friday. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

If selected, you will be notified of additional procedures to begin employment.

Interested candidates should forward application packets to Lee Ann Shenefiel, Program Operations Manager, Frying Pan Farm Park via:

Email: lee.shenefiel@fairfaxcounty.gov

OR

Mail: Lee Ann Shenefiel
Frying Pan Farm Park
Fairfax County Park Authority
2709 West Ox Road
Herndon, Virginia 20171

Questions? Call Lee Ann at 703-437-9101

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New saddle for Tess - Thank you Mr Cline!



Proud to say - thank you Mr Cline, for special Stubben dressage saddle for Tess. I know that you and Tess will have great time with it :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012







Spirit volunteer, Ilana Gruber, is the first one to presented Spirit and competed at the Frying Pan Farm Park Hunter Show - and she and Lucinda won!
Thank you to all special Spirit people who made this happen, who were with Ilana and Lucinda today at the FPFP.
Congratulation to Ilana, Lucinda and the whole Spirit Team !
Special thanks to Zoe, Mira, Naomi and Mary Kate who helped Lucinda to looks great today

Natrural Horsemanship Blog

Great work, Eliina!

Thank you for sharing so important things. Keep on doing it, please! Looking forward to see more soon :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ilana and Lucinda at the FPFP Show this Saturday

Saturday, February 4th , no lessons at Spirit Program. Ilana, one of the most present volunteers of 2011 will go at the Show at hte FPFP and we will support her, and horses will have the brake and long weekend :)