Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last moment for right decision :)

Dear SPIRIT Families and Friends,
There are only 48 hours left to make your tax-deductible gift this year.

It's that time of year again when we ask you to support our programs, which help children and adults with disabilities and other challenges grow, learn and enjoy the simple pleasures most of us take for granted-from mobility to friendships.

Your help is needed! Please donate, today.
Use PayPal link at SPIRIT website, to do it on line.

If you are one of those who already supported us, you can recommend Spirit to your friends and relatives, Each amount counts. Thank you!

Friday 12/30

Riders, parents, volunteers, BOD members, Friends from Frying Pan Farm Park - confirmed their attendance. All of us,tomorrow, at 10 AM together at Volunteer day - Painting the Barn project!
Thank you, Frying Pan Farm Park for opportunity to work together :)
Let's do the work and get ready our facility and horses for the winter time.
Thank you!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Almost ready for painting

Thursday - Volunteers with passes, come before 4 we will do some field work and ride after that...

Friday 10AM-4PM -Painting the Barn action.
Looking forward to seeing you at the field of Spirit

Monday, December 26, 2011


Thanks to the someone who covered hay with the tarp today!


I am so sorry that Lindsey was not informed about change, and hope to see you all again tomorrow, Tuesday at 2 PM - it is warmer and we all have evening off.
Best to all, and let me know who can come to help painting Friday?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Thanks to great friends, Monday and Thursday...

Thank you all who came to help at field and around horses at the day before Christmas. It was so nice to see so many friends together and field so clean.
About Monday - Is it 2 PM too early for you to come? Please, all volunteers with pass to ride, let me know?
Also, I am thinking of painting Thursday or Friday? Who can come for long day project?
Thank you!
And Merry Christmas to all!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

End of the year...another one


Sorry, I can not come tomorrow. No riding or horse related activity.
All willing to muck the field/stalls are welcome, but we need to have one volunteer older than 18 on site, so underage volunteers can enter the field.
See you Saturday at 9!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


We should do it soon...winter is almost here :(

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cold but fun this morning at Spirit Program

It was special morning today. Thank you all for hard work at field and around pony rides and lessons. We all enjoyed, great food. Courtney's chili was surprise and right thing to eat in the chilly morning. Donuts, cookies, apple cider and hot chocolate was sweet warming and what we all needed...
Can not wait to see photos :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dear friends of Spirit,

Dear friends of Spirit,
First, let me thank you in advance for all of the support you have shown to Spirit Open Equestrian Program this year, and for many of you, for many years as well. As we near the end of the year, I want to personally highlight some of the successes that you made possible in 2011 for Spirit
We realized over 1,000 lessons a year to the Program, for more than 150 students of all ages and abilities, with precious help of several dozens of dedicated volunteers.
One of the highlights was that Spirit became the official vendor for equestrian activities at Frying Pan Farm Park for next 5 years. This status is based on Spirit's continuing and expanding programs, as well as recognition of teaching and staff excellence.
Spirit received amazing donations in two barns with 6 stalls, tack room and a generator which will provide light and electricity we need.
Our scholarship fund provided full scholarship for 12 students and total of 150 lessons.
All our feedback from families and students are positive, supportive and full of recognition for professional skills of our staff, and great horses, as well. Our work has been presented in local media and at public events at the Park.
We are proud of great training and good care we provide for our five horses in the program.
It takes both people and financial resources to continue this level of excellence at the Spirit Program.
None of this would have happened without your support and participation in all of our activities.
We hope that you and your friends and family were able to come to many of the classes and events that we held throughout the year.
As you are considering your year-end charitable contributions, we of course, would appreciate being considered by you. Your gift is tax deductible; please consult your tax advisor for details. All gifts will be put to good use at the Spirit Program, to take care of our horses, and provide more and better lessons for our clients.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and gifts, which should be sent to
Spirit Open Equestrian Program, Inc.,
P.O. Box 1342, Great Falls, VA, 22066.
Please make your check payable to the Spirit Open Equestrian Program, Inc.

Davorka Suvak
Program Director

Thank you!

Our horses are happy, dry and warm in new stalls, our field is easy to clean, and Spirit can work a year around.
This is a miracle which happen during the last year.

Thank you Singhal Family!


Warm evening and quiet time at the Park and Spirit Field.
Only Kathleen, Lindy and Elizabeth S. came, so we mucked the field and had a great time at trial ride and some riding in the indoor ring.
Thank you girls....
Tomorrow we have lessons with Margo and Bill

See you tomorrow and Saturday!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


No riding tomorrow, just field work and horse care :) at 4.30

Welcome Santos (ex Milton)

Third day with Spirit, already under saddle, with herd at work...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

If you want to help...

Spirit Field
General directions for volunteers
• Picking up dry and clean hay around feeders and storing it at empty stall
• Mucking field
• Mucking stalls (do not add leafs or hay in stalls)
• If needed adult volunteers can filling up water tanks. Do not forget to drain both side of hose well (by raising from the top to the bottom of the hills, and leave open drainage valve)
• Refilling hay nets with hay storage in third stall in new barn. These can be hanging back in horse stables or left in that empty one.
This above is suggested order of importance.
Young volunteers below 18 can enter the field only if adult, registered volunteer person is present and takes responsibility of it.

Thank you all who are helping us to keep our field nice and clean.
Theresa and Don are doing most of this, but they do need help of all of us :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday 12/17 - Spirit Open Day

SATURDAY - 12/17/2011

Spirit Open Day

If weather permits only -No rain/snow and temperature above 40 degrees :)

10-12 AM at lower ring

Come and celebrate with us -bring friends and family*
Support your horse or rider*
Meet Spirit Team*
Riding presentation, pony rides for guests, raffle...*

Great Saturday

Saturday...beautiful weather, new stall and new horse, full storage of hay, and kiddos riding today...what a great day. Thank you Boris, Jeff, Mark, Linda, Julia and all girls who helped today.
More than all, thank you Singhal family for your friendship and support :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

E-mail me if you want to ride tomorrow!

Please, Saturday riders, confirm you attendance at lessons Saturday

Thank you!

Thank you , Louise for taking care of Infinity while she is ill


It will be a cold day, but spirit Team will be there.
Volunteers, thank you so much for keeping our field/stalls in so good condition. This winter will be a nice one this way!
So far no one from first group announced that will come, so second group of riders have a chance to ride . Please, contact me if you have plan to come.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Just feeding and mucking today

Weather is bad, and it will be just feeding and mucking activity today.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Barn

What a great timing - just before rain season started, our new barn came at it's place!
What a great gift it is from Spirit's friends Singhal & Co. Inc.

The best way to say Thank you is to continue serving community and kids with special needs even better, because, our herd will have dry and warm home for this winter.

Painting needs to be scheduled ASAP, but not before we are sure that all is dry enough...Stay in touch if you want to help, please!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


The big MONDAY, tomorrow!
Spirit's the best friends, people in Singhal & Company, Inc. opened this giving season with the best gift we can imagine. New barn with stalls and tack room, to provide warm and safe home for our equine friends for this winter.
That will be a chance to adopt a pony or two, maybe, since Infinity is gone ;)

Barn delivery scheduled for tomorrow late AM hours.

We will need some help for painting, and to add rubber mats into new stall and in the field to be ready for winter.
Contact me if you want be involved
Thank you!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Vacant spots at Spirit's stall

Spirit is looking for new pony or two :) We are not buying, but we can offer a nice home and life full of love and care for some horse or pony. Contact us if you have an idea :)

Busy for whole day today....

What a day! Last preparation for the new barn coming this Monday - field looks almost perfect...Thank you all for hard work, Sharon, Linda,Sarah, Jeff, Mark, Hala, Naomi, Mira, Ilana, Andrew, Becky, Boris....
New layer of stone has been put and leveled, we did 2 hours of presentation and pony ride for kids of Fairfax County with Frying Pan Farm Park, today.
Thank you Louise for offering a retreat home for Infinity this winter! We have the best President of the Program !!!

Please, send me if you have any pics of our work camera is broken :(

Friday, December 2, 2011


There is a December Celebration at the Frying Pan Farm Park this Saturday. Spirit will be involved in pony ride 1-3 PM, but no lessons that day.
Tank you and wish you a wonderful week end.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Doxycicline wanted

Infinity has Lymes disease. She needs Doxycycline.
Let me know if you have info where we can get the cheapest (therapy is twice a day 42 tabs for 3 months, so we need 12 packages of 500 tabs).
Please ask forthe price at your CVS, Preston, Safeway or any other pharmacy.
Thank you in advance :)