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!

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


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....


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 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 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


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 , 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 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