Friday, May 31, 2013

Ride for Spirit tomorrow!

Thank you riders, families, and friends! It was a great show!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

SPIRIT CELEBRATES FAIRFAX - JUNE 7-9 (Rain or Shine)


Celebrate Fairfax! for Spirit -- Volunteers are needed (adults and teens) for 20 shifts at the Spirit booth


Signup in advance by contacting Diane and get free admission (except for carnival rides) and free parking for the event.  After your shift, you can check out the other booths, food court, entertainment stages, petting zoo, or other exhibits. Entertainment includes Everclear, Live, Filter & Sponge on Friday evening; The B-52's on Saturday evening; and the Spin Doctors on Sunday afternoon.  There are fireworks on Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Information is at at celebratefairfax2013.com.


Friday, June 7:   6 pm - midnight (adult will be present in evening)  
Four 3-hour shifts need to be filled.

Saturday, June 8:  10 am - midnight (adult will be present in evening)  
Twelve 4-hour shifts need to be filled.

Sunday, June 9:  11 am - 7pm   (adult will be present in evening)  
Four 4-hour shifts need to be filled.

Contact Diane Pires at rep2diane at aol.com to tell her which shift(s) you will take and give her your  name, phone number, and email so that she can get the free admission and parking passes to you before the gates open on Friday, June 7.

Two volunteers stay at the booth at all times for their shifts, pass out Spirit literature, introduce Spirit to the community, signup new volunteers and mailing list recipients, take donations, and sell T-shirts, stuffed ponies, and visors.  It's really fun meeting and talking to new people and attending the celebration.  The booth will be set up for volunteers when they arrive.  We will have an 8x8 space, a table, two chairs and a canopy over our heads in an area close to the food court and midway. The event is held rain or shine!

Location: Community Showcase for Non-Profits, Section 9  (Across from Food Court)
12000 Government Center Parkway, Grounds and Parking Lots, Fairfax County Government Center
Transportation: Free shuttle bus service to the event from parking at Fair Lakes Circle and Fair Oaks Mall.
Handicapped Parking is available on-site with handicapped tags.  Enter through the Green gate for regular-sized vehicles and through the Yellow Gate for oversized vehicles.  Golf cart is available for transport to festival program areas.  Ask Gate Chairman for assistance.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday

Friday - most likely canceled therapeutic  lessons. Too windy and chilly,  but still lot of things to be done so volunteers are welcome to help and attend volunteer training today.

It is a time to Ride for Spirit again:


Ride for Spirit Event
Frying Pan Farm Park, lower ring
Saturday, June/1st /2013
10.00 AM
Classes:
Kids 3-14 years (walk, walk/trot)
1. Two or three aids – Synchronized riding in the dressage ring, individual presentation of skills
2. One or two aids - Synchronized riding in dressage ring, individual trail course
3. Independent riders – Synchronized riding, individual trail course

Older than 10 years (walk, walk/trot)
4. Two or three aids – Synchronized riding presentation of individual skills in the dressage ring
5. One or two aids - Synchronized riding /equitation, individual trail course
6. Independent riders - Synchronized riding/equitation, individual trail course

7. Silver in Saddle - Intro dressage test or Para equestrian test of choice ((walk, walk/trot)
8. Mentors Volunteers - Synchronized riding in the dressage ring, pony games demo, some jumps (walk/trot/canter)
9. Mentor Volunteers in training - Intro dressage test (walk/trot)

Pony rides for guests
Registration on line until Wednesday May/29th  
Registration fee- $30 via payable by Pay Pall at the (web site), or at the event site same day 8.30-9.30 AM
All participants will receive Spirit T-shirt, and ribbon as an award



Registration form
First and last name

Age

Class # ( you can leave it empty if not sure)

T shirt size (Y – S,M,L; A – S,M,L, XL)

Phone

e-mail

Favorite horse

Rides since

Sign to approve usage of photo or video material to promote Spirit Program

Anything you want to be announced about rider and experience with horses during the event

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CELEBRATE FAIRFAX - JUNE 7-9


SPIRIT CELEBRATES FAIRFAX - JUNE 7-9 (Rain or Shine)
Location: Community Showcase for Non-Profits, Section 9  (Across from Food Court)
12000 Government Center Parkway, Grounds and Parking Lots, Fairfax County Government Center

Accommodations:     Canopy-covered booth, 8'x8 ,two chairs

SCHEDULE
June 7 - Friday
                 8:00-11:00 a.m.-  Load-In for SPIRIT
                 6:00 p.m.- Midnight. - Gates Open
June 8 - Saturday
.                10:00 a.m. - Midnight - Gates Open
                 Midnight - Gates close promptly
June 9 -Sunday
                 11: a.m.-7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. - Gates Open
                 7:00 p.m. - Gates close promptly
                 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.-  Load-Out
Transportation: Free shuttle bus service to the event from parking at Fair Lakes Circle and Fair Oaks Mall.
Parking:   Handicapped parking is available on-site at Fairfax Government with handicapped tags.  Enter through the Green gate for regular-sized vehicles and through the Yellow Gate for oversized vehicles.  Golf cart is available for transport to festival program areas.  Ask Gate Chairman for assistance.
Rules:       Booths must be manned (personned?) during the entire Celebrate Fairfax event.
                 All activities must take place within the booth/space allotted (8'x8').
                 Exhibit can be no taller than 8'.
                 Raffles are allowed.  Exhibitor may charge only for the actual cost to enter the contest.
                 SPIRIT may not sell food or beverages.
                 No coolers, pitchers, glass containers.
                 No pets (except service animals).
                 No professional stills or video cameras.
                 No smoking or outside alcoholic beverages.
                 No lawn or beach chairs.
                 Blankets and umbrellas allowed.
                 Bags, backpacks, and hand-carried items may be searched.
Contact:  Diane Pires at rep2diane@aol.com or 703-391-9604

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Summer shows

Spirit riders!
It is a time to show off!

Ride for Spirit Event
June / 1st
Frying Pan Farm Park
Open for Spirit riders in Spring Class, Volunteer Mentors, and Mentors in training, and guests on own horses

and

Fairfax County 4H Fair Open Horse Show
August 3rd and 4th
Frying Pan Farm Park
Open for Spirit riders in Spring Class, Volunteer Mentors, and Mentors in training

Saturday, May 11, 2013

No rain, and Spirit Team did pony ride for the Park

Forecast cheated again.
Lesson have been canceled, but did not rain at all
:(
Spirit Team did two hours of pony ride for Farm Day at the Park


Friday, May 10, 2013

No therapeutic riding lessons this Saturday

Sorry, but no therapeutic riding lessons this Saturday 
Tomorrow
77 °F
T-storms
90% chance of precipitation
Short horse and field care action for volunteers who can come, sometime after 9 AM
Take care and stay dry if you can 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

This week end



Friday and Saturday possible thunderstorms, and we might have to cancel therapeutic program.
Stay in touch with Spirit, watch FB, Blog and e-mail to be sure about last moment decisions.
If weather is good, we shall do pony ride for the Park at 11 AM- 1 PM, and it might also reduce therapeutic program for Sat morning.
Volunteers, please, note that we have possible longer day this Saturday
Thank you all for your help and I am hoping to have great lessons at Friday and Saturday, as usual.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

To all friends of Spirit who recognize our Mission


To all wonderful volunteers who learn, work and grow in Spirit. For all moments we share, moments of joy of fun, of struggling, moments of victory and moments of weakness, for moments of fear, and moments when we are exhausted, for all you are giving to Spirit, all time, energy and love, for all you talents and efforts...THANK YOU!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Tess at new home, and new mare at the Spirit Field

Sue, friend and an  instructor at the Spirit Team provided retirement home for our beloved Tess. She is happy grazing at the field near Middleburg with a new friend, TB mare...
New mare, still no name, but beautiful ,came from the Camelot, rescue place today at the Spirit Field.
It seems that she had a baby recently, and she is skinny blonde beauty. I hope that she will like her new job as much we already like her :)