Friday, July 30, 2010

Let's ride!

Volunteer appreciation day today!
Welcome all who helped in Wednesday kids class last 4 weeks, and at Ride for Spirit Event. Looking forward to seeing you all at Spirit field 6-7.30 PM

Monday, July 26, 2010

The best feed back...

I thought the Spirit Open Equestrian Event was a big hit & it was really nice that the kids were presented with a ribbon & hat. Kelly was really excited about the ribbon & goodie bag she received! We have her ribbon hanging on her bulletin board in her room. I appreciate all the effort & hard work that went into this event & wanted to thank everyone involved. Of course we couldn’t have done it without the horses. They had all the hard work & I was more worried about the horses handling the heat than the kids – the parents made sure the kids were well hydrated & they had the air-conditioned room if needed.
Sandy ...

Congratulation Spirit Team and Riders

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thank you !

Dear all,
can not say how much I am personally thankful for all hard work you did today. Jeff, Lynne, Sarah I and Sarah II, Tina, Sandy, Kendra and Gibson....and all younger volunteers, Sindhu, Abby, Cathleen, Elise, Margaret, Brittany, Alexandra... great and so hard working young people in that group, created special event for guests at their corner. Dozens of kids had experience of safe and fun riding, their parents enjoyed to see kids smiling and happy....Thank you for that...
Julia and Hedy hold whole fundraising part so well, presenting Spirit Program and collecting contacts for future work...Ladies you are the best!
Therese, who made great success in fundraising, created Raffle, helped me so much about managing final details, all the way even last night until early morning chatting on computer... Thank you, Therese for this....
Sandy, thank you for bringing Jim to Spirit, as he made difference a lot about managing whole show....please pass my thank you to him ....he is so good young man....
Thank you, parents, Gibson, Betsy, Joan, Lian, Bevins family, Mendelsohn family, for working with Spirit Team and helping us with goods, water, lemonade....clearing after show...
Thank you Lee and Kathleen for your participation and help, as you added special addition keeping our program interesting and fun....
I am proud of each of our kid and rider today, as they worked and presented real Spirit in action...
Thank you Leslie for keeping things under control, and running the show so smoothly....
Thank you Dan for being with us when we almost gave up, and helping to clean ring, and sort things back...

Forgive me if I did not mention all people who contributed today to make special moments and show it is not about me, but about inspiration we share working for Spirit.
We all deserve a good rest, and , please forgive me for any social or communicational gap was all about effort to keep things well managed and safe...
Thank you for your patience, hard work and dedication to Spirit Program and hope to see you soon again.
More pictures to come, soon....

Wish you a good night,

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ready to ride!

They helped us....
Thank you :) so much!

Gifts for riders

Saddlery Liquidators,
Haymarket – Gifts for riders

Chantilly – Gifts for riders

Harris Teeter
3905 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033

Shiang Yu Restaurant
13300-G Franklin Farm Road
Herndon, VA 20171

American Health & Wellness Center
Karl G. Petrie D.C., C.S.C.S.
1330-B Franklin Farm Road
Herndon, VA 20171

La Tee-Shirt
5131 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207-1603
(703) 532-7329

Franklin Farm Village Center
13330 Franklin Farm Road
Herndon, VA 20171

Thank you to all volunteers, families, friends , for all they do in Spirit!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Don't forget! Come and meet Spirit in action...

Saturday -


(Indoor facility at FPFP)

9 AM - Pony ride and interaction with Spirit horses for quests....

10 AM - - Spirit Riders in action -

Therapeutic Riding Program Presentation

Special Olympic Equestrian Program - Presentation

Para equestrian Presentation & Competition

Educational Program - Dressage (Intro B Test) Presentation & Competition

Refreshment, snacks, games, coloring activity for kids + picnic for whole family opportunity at Frying Pan Farm Park...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Wednesday lesson will go on even if it is can find is at indoor 6 PM

Monday, July 12, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Rain this morning...

Sorry, no lessons this Saturday if it is raining...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Inspiration for Spirit Team

Dear Dada,

I just wanted to take the time to send you a note to Thank you for all that you and the Spirit Equestrian team has done for Joey. For a mother of an autistic child it's always hard to find something that is truly exciting and fun for him and we have finally found it with the Therapeutic Horseback Riding. The only day of the week that Joey dresses quickly is Saturday morning the day he goes horseback riding and the joy on his face on the drive to you is priceless. I have never seen Joey get more excited about anything else. The changes I've seen in him have been fantastic, the calmness that comes over him and his desperate attempts to form words. Joey has gone through 6 years of his life pretty much being non-verbal and now he is trying so hard to talk.

Again, thank you.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Marj Kittredge

"Marj touched so many of us in so many ways. The world is a better place because of her."

“Do not look back and ask why, look forward and ask why not?”

This summarizes Marj’s attitude towards life, disability, and her ability to bring so much good to so many of her friends, to the organizations she championed, and most especially to the clients who she chose to serve.

It is something we all should keep in mind as we go forward and prepare to celebrate her life...."

To my friend, sister, teacher....Marj
Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.
~Dale Evans

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Reminder! New class for kids - starts Wednesday 07/07

Head up for Spirit Team - this Wednesday, 07/07 at 6PM, starts another Kids Class at Frying Pan Park Project!
We have new rider, Tommy at 5 PM, but all horses should be ready to go at 5.50 PM and with assistants to be at the indoor facility at 6 PM

Please, confirm that you will be able to help us this Wednesday, and all 4 in row.
Thank you in advance,

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Thank you, Spirit Team!

This Saturday was special...thank you all for hard work to support Spirit mission

See some moments of Saturday lessons at Spirit.

Thank you Josh for using camera that morning :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tommy, new rider...

Welcome, Tommy!