Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We survived the Storm

Thanks to indoor ring, brave and dedicated volunteers and riders, we did great PM lesson with Leah and Nick today!
Thank you Zoe and Becky for being in Spirit almost whole day - at the Camp in the morning and working hard to help, and at the evening again taking care of our horses and helping in the Program :)

And something nice...
No panic, they are alive, just sleep nicely ...Lucinda and Spirit ...moment caught by surveillance camera.


Storms on our way...we will play by ear...and if it is raining 5-6 PM, all  lessons will be postponed until tomorrow.

Monday, July 30, 2012

4-H Fair - this week end

 Dear riders at 4-H show,
please, read this below carefully and let's follow the rules. Spirit provides horses, tack, and support but each rider will have to take responsibility to keep track and be on time at the right place. 
I will take care of registration for horses with volunteer riders (Ilana, Mira, Zoe, Sheena, Becky, Scarlet, let's meet Friday at 4 and do it)

Riders, please be at the stable not later than 8 AM, and ignore any or my previous mails ( I announced that show starts at 10 and that is very wrong :( )

Also read THIS and note that 
There will be a mandatory Exhibitors Meeting on Friday, August 3 starting PROMPTLY at 6:30 PM. ALL Exhibitors MUST attend this meeting. Basic rules, last minute announcements, and show numbers will be distributed at this meeting.
Thank you!


We're looking forward to your participation at the upcoming Fairfax County 4 H Fair Horse Show being held at Frying Pan Farm Park next weekend.
Please carefully read through this e-mail because it will give you all of the details you need to know.  If you have any questions, please e-mail me.   There is no need to send multiple e-mails until I reply.  I will reply as soon as I can.  Starting this Thursday, August 2nd, I will have very limited access to the internet so please be patient if I don't reply right away.  Please print out this e-mail so you have it as a handy reference next weekend.


Horses will need to arrive between 3-5 PM on Friday, August 3 OR between 7-9AM on Saturday, August 5. NO EXCEPTIONS! When you enter the park you will need to drive to the back of the Indoor Arena.  To get to the back of the Indoor Arena you will need to drive towards the Indoor Arena, make a right, then an immediate left.  The Horse Check-In Superintendent will be there to check your horse's/pony's Negative Coggins report and your horse.  After this is done, you will be told where to park your trailer and where to unload your horse/pony and tack.  NO HORSE/PONY WILL BE ALLOWED OFF THE TRAILER UNTIL THE NEGATIVE COGGINS REPORT AND THE HORSE/PONY HAS BEEN CHECKED.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  Upon arrival, please give the original Negative Coggins report AND the $25 stall check written out to the Fairfax 4 H Fair Board to the Horse Check-In Superintendent.  The original Negative Coggins report will be returned immediately.


On Sunday, AFTER your stall is cleaned out, please ask the Horse Check-Out Superintendent to inspect your stall for cleanliness.  After the inspection, if the Check-Out Superintendent has deemed your stall clean, your stall check will be returned.   Otherwise, your check will not be returned.  The fee will be used to pay the park personnel to clean out the stall.


The Horse Check-In Superintendent will tell you where the designated parking area for your trailer and any other vehicle you might bring is located.  You will be allowed to TEMPORARILY park your trailer and/or extra vehicle near the entrance to the barn for unloading on Friday or loading on Sunday ONLY.  ALL OTHER TIMES, YOU MUST PARK YOUR TRAILER AND ANY OTHER VEHICLE IN THE DESIGNATED PARKING AREA.  NO TRAILERS OR CARS WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE PARKED IN FRONT OF OR IN BACK OF THE BARN.  IF THERE ARE TRAILERS AND/OR CARS PARKED IN FRONT OF OR IN BACK OF THE BARN AT ANY TIME OTHER THAN UNLOADING OR LOADING, THE STAFF AT FRYING PAN PARK WILL CALL THE POLICE.  WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT YOUR TRAILER/CAR WILL BE TOWED.


24 hour security by off duty police officers will be provided Friday through Sunday.


ALL riders MUST have a stall card that will be placed on the stall door.  ONLY blue tape can be used.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  Please bring your own blue tape.  Pictures of the horse/rider can also be on the stall card.  

The following information MUST be on the stall card:

The name of the horse/pony:
Rider's Name:
Owner's Name:
Emergency Phone Number:
Horse's/Pony's Age:
Horse's Pony's Breed:
Horse's/Pony's Color:
Horse's/Pony's Sex:
Vet's Phone Number:
Farrier's Phone Number:
Any other important information such as vices, etc.


ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY for all riders.  The meeting will be held starting PROMPTLY at 6:30 PM on Friday, August 3, 2012.  Weather permitting, it will take place outside behind the Indoor Arena at the large rocks.  Last minute information will be discussed.  All riders will receive their show number after the meeting.  If it's raining, the meeting will take place inside the Indoor Arena.  Please sit on the bleachers as you walk into the Indoor Arena.


There's a message board directly in front of the wash stalls.  Any last minute announcements, schedule changes, patterns, etc will be placed on the message board.  Please make sure to check it periodically.


Several stalls have been set aside to serve as the communal tack room, feed room, and muck room respectively.  The stalls have been marked accordingly.  Please remember to label your items so they can be easily returned should they get misplaced.  Finally, remember to close the stall doors.


The designated area for disposing of horse manure and shavings is located outside to the right of the door next to Aisle C.  You must bring your own supplies and shavings.


For safety reasons, the horse stall doors MUST be kept closed even if you are in the stall grooming, feeding, etc your horse/pony,.  The ONLY time the horse stall door should be open is when you are taking your horse/pony to/from the various arenas or the wash stall.  NO stall guards; actual door MUST remain closed.


All riders are asked to wear formal show attire on Saturday, August 4, 2012.  Riding breeches, jacket, show shirt and stock pin, black or brown belt, show gloves, helmet (black or with the black helmet cover), tall boots for riders who are 13 and up, or paddock boots and knee straps for riders ages 9-12.  All riders MUST wear a helmet when mounted and when walking their horse/pony to/from the different arenas.  NO EXCEPTIONS!


All riders are asked to wear informal show attire on Sunday, August 5, 2012.  Riding breeches, paddock boots and knee straps or tall boots, helmet, and a plain color polo shirt, and show gloves (optional).  All riders MUST wear a helmet when mounted and when walking their horse/pony to/from the various arenas.  NO EXCEPTIONS!


ALL riders are asked to wear appropriate, modest clothes and closed toed shoes when not showing.


ALL participants are REQUIRED to wear and use ASTM SEI APPROVED PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR.  Safety helmets must be worn with CHIN STRAP FASTENED.  Harness must be secured and properly fitted.  Any rider violating this rule at any time will be prohibited from further riding until headgear is properly in place.  Protective headgear will be worn without penalty or discrimination in all divisions and classes (Including Showmanship).


The show schedule is being finalized and will be e-mailed separately.  It is the Exhibitor’s responsibility to be on time for all classes.  A two minute gate call will be issued before the start of each class.  There will be an order of go for all Showmanship, Jumping, Equitation, Pleasure, and Timed (games) classes.  Classes will not be held up for any reason. 

Indoor Arena (Saturday) -- With the exception of the trail classes, ALL classes will be held in the Indoor Arena.

Upper Outdoor Arena (Saturday) -- ALL trail classes will be held in the Upper Outdoor Arena.

Lower Arena (Sunday) -- All games will take place in the Lower Arena.


To get to the Indoor Arena ALL horses/ponies MUST use the side door in Aisle A.  This door is near the wash stalls.  To get to the Indoor Arena, you will make a left then an immediate right past the large rocks.  Follow this path to the Warm Up Arena, which is on the other side of the Indoor Arena, where you and your horse/pony will wait to enter the Indoor Arena.  ALL riders will walk their horse/pony over to the Indoor Arena.  NO RIDER WILL BE ALLOWED TO GO OVER TO THE INDOOR ARENA WHILE MOUNTED ON THEIR HORSE/PONY.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  ALL riders MUST wear a helmet when walking their horse/pony to the Indoor Arena and MUST wear it while waiting to enter the Indoor Arena from the Warm Up Arena.  Once the rider and horse is in the Warm Up Arena, than the rider can mount their horse/pony.  Again, NO EXCEPTIONS!


To get to the Upper Outdoor Arena ALL horses/ponies MUST use the side door in Aisle A.  This door is near the wash stalls.  To get to the Upper Outdoor Arena, you will make a left then an immediate right past the large rocks.  Follow this path to the Upper Outdoor Arena which is located on your left.  ALL riders will walk their horse/pony over to the Upper Outdoor Arena.  NO RIDER WILL BE ALLOWED TO GO OVER TO THE UPPER OUTDOOR ARENA WHILE MOUNTED ON THEIR HORSE/PONY.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  ALL riders MUST wear a helmet when walking their horse/pony to the Upper Outdoor Arena and MUST wear it while waiting to enter the Upper Outdoor Arena.  Again, NO EXCEPTIONS!

To get to the Lower Arena ALL horses/ponies MUST use the side door in Aisle A.  This door is near the wash stalls.  To get to the Lower Arena, you will make a left, then another left.  You will be between the two barns.  You will see the Lower Arena on the left.  NO RIDER WILL BE ALLOWED TO GO OVER TO THE LOWER ARENA WHILE MOUNTED ON THEIR HORSE/PONY.  NO EXCPETIONS!  ALL riders MUST wear a helmet when walking their horse/pony to the Lower Arena and MUST wear it while waiting to enter the Lower Arena.  Again, NO EXCEPTIONS!


The Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 5 behind the Indoor Arena at the large rocks shortly after the last class ends.  IF it's raining, the change of venue will be announced verbally and/or a notice will be put on the message board located directly in front of the wash stalls.  As a reminder, placing and ribbons will be awarded to sixth place for each class.  The High Point Award is for each divison:  Beginner, Exceptional Rider, Junior English, and Senior English.  Due to a lack of riders, ALL of the Western Division classes have been cancelled.

SPORTSMANSHIP is the only way.  Any discourtesy to a judge or show official by any exhibitor, parent, or leader/trainer may cause an exhibitor to forfeit all ribbons and trophies and be disqualified.  Appearls are to be made to the Show Steward and Show Committee by the exhibitor only.  The judges' decision will be final and my not be protested.  The judges' cards will not be posted.  Judges may be approached only by way of the Show Steward and the Show Committee.

There is NO smoking or drinking of alcohol permitted.

Camp started today

Great weather, happy kids and friendly horses...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Camp season starts this Monday!

Summer Camps start this Monday. Whole August Spirit will host kids in the mornings 9-11 creating memories of time spent in the saddle and things we will teach about:
*Safe aproach, body parts, leading in all directions at walk
*... breeds, tack, grooming
*...colors, marks,bathing
*... body language, needs, preparing meal and feeding
*... painting&bathing horses

Afternoon activities will be realized as scheduled.

Friday, July 27, 2012

This Saturday

Welcome back to the routine. This Saturday we have therapeutic lessons as scheduled. Just this week end. Next one -08/04-05 is 4-H Fair at the Park, so no program activity, but you can come and watch. :)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Next week

We have make up lessons as usual.
It is another "Bring The Friend" Week for volunteers, as we will miss 4 mentors volunteers, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
It is great opportunity for rest of the Team to have a chance to contribute more than usual to the Program and even get some warm up or cooling down riding time.

Head up!
Camp season starts at the week of 07/30, and lasts the whole August!
We meet at the barn not later than 8.30, and have camp kiddos until 11 AM (11.30 at Monday) - Monday - Friday.

If you can not commit to come for AM sessions, we shall still have Program activities at PM 5-7 or 8.

Please, let me know your preferences.
Thank you !

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Presentation for WOW today

Rain did not stop Spirit Team. We did presentation and promotional riding for Fairfax County - We were proud of our riders, veterans from military service, Mr Cline and Mr Bill who presented their riding skills following by personal statements about their experience of riding and horsemanship.

W.O.W. Wellness Opportunities for Warriors - Fairfax County, Virginia

Thank you Mindy and great team of volunteers who came today to get ready horses and help to work out this event, who presented Spirit as friendly and enthusiastic organization. That energy makes Spirit alive :)

Thank you Diane and Susan, our Fundraising Comity for presentation of Spirit Program at the table.

Welcome new volunteers, new instructor, Sue and her friends, your help and energy will make Spirit grow and serve the community better in future.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Who will stop the rain?

Lot of rain tonight :(
Good news - our horses are in the stalls with a plenty of hay and water bucket full :)
Indoor ring is solution for the morning program. 
See you there!

Important - 4-H Fair info

Dear Riders and Families 
for 4-H Fair I need you to print, fill and sign those docs, and bring or send it to me (First come, first serve rule):

Registration Form 

Liability release 

and read this:

Rules and Regulations 

Any info about horses, and classes leave blank and I will fill it up
I need to have it not later than Tuesday, 24th

Please, contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you ,

Tribute to the Therapeutic Riding

See THIS and THIS ...
Thanks those who put together pictures, words and music to tell story about therapeutic riding....

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Saturday 07/21

Important message!
This Saturday we do not have therapeutic program on schedule. 
This Saturday we serve those who served us.
Spirit is proud to offer promotional equestrian therapeutic and recreational program to the veterans and wounded warriors, as the partner of the Fairfax County program WOW !

Operation WOW! is for military service members injured during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who are interested in participating in physical and wellness activities in a community setting. This program is a free service to men and women and their families.

Operation WOW! provides a voucher to service members that can be used to enroll in a Fairfax County Park Authority class that focuses on physical fitness, or be applied toward the registration fee to participate in an adult athletic team sports program in the county.

Program starts at 11 AM and will go until 1PM
Volunteers needed from 9 AM :)!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Spirit Team will be at the field, but...today's students should consider weather warnings, and make own decision to, maybe, use make up day next Wednesday instead riding today...Let me know.
See this:

Heat Advisory
Statement as of 1:17 PM EDT on July 18, 2012

... Heat advisory remains in effect until 9 PM EDT this evening...

* heat index values... around 105 degrees.

* Maximum temperatures... around 100 in the cities... upper 90s
elsewhere east of the mountains.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity
will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are
possible. Drink plenty of fluids... stay in an air-conditioned
room... stay out of the sun... and check on elderly relatives and
neighbors. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when

Never leave small children or pets unattended in vehicles.
Temperatures inside the vehicle can rapidly climb to 130 degrees.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible... reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat

To reduce risk during outdoor work... the occupational safety and
health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded
location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 9 1 1.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 1:00 PM EDT on July 18, 2012

... Severe weather safety rules...

Scattered severe thunderstorms are possible over much of
Maryland... northern Virginia... eastern West Virginia... and the
District of Columbia this afternoon and evening.

Residents across the region should monitor this situation closely
and ensure your NOAA weather radios are set to alert Mode. Severe
weather warnings may become necessary.

If a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued... seek shelter indoors
immediately. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning means that storm is
expected to produce wind damage or large hail shortly.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio... commercial radio or television
for the latest on this potential severe weather event. Additional
weather information... can be found at weather.Gov/Washington or

Monday, July 16, 2012

Therapeutic Riding today and tomorrow

Dear riders, families,
It is going to be very warm today and tomorrow.
Hourly forecast claims that we should be below cancellation temperature or 97 F at the time of lessons.
So, we plane to do our the best to conduct lessons, using woods and shade there.
However, it is up to parents to decide if it is too warm to ride and then, we can use next week to do make up session.
Let me know your decision, please.

Volunteers, do not give up, please...we need you even when is hot like this days :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Just a thought...

"Truly blessed are the children who grow up with horses….Kids who bear hoofprints on their hearts know hard work, responsibility and joy of having equine friends. They know, too, how fortunate they are."

Spirit at Washington Post


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

To all friends of Spirit

Dear friends of Spirit!
thank you for all support, phone calls, e-mails. Thank you for asking how to help and set up safe and functional security system to protect our horses.
As you know, no one had even an idea what can happen three months ago.
We lived and worked happily at our small field (which we board BTW)
After first horrible experience, we set up the best security system we were able to put into field without electricity.
Our cameras maybe did not meet expectations, but after second attack, thanks to great people in community who offered their help , we are in touch with companies and waiting for proposals to set up something more effective, we hope.
Electricity is still an issue.
We carefully explore all options we have,  and some of them are already in work.
We hope that this will not happen again, and that cruel intruders  will find they way out of our lives.
All our horses, now, including Lucinda still enjoy all care and love dozens of volunteers of all ages are giving to them. They still have the trust and patience in Spirit Team and family.
Thank you for all support and help.
Keep eyes open in community to protect innocent beings and help police to find anyone who enjoy in creating pain and suffering.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Evil deed again...

Lucinda was the victim of the cruel attack this week end , again. 
Good news are that it is shallow cut, not needed stitches or vet action at all. 
More at Radio and TV Chanel 4,7 and 9.
Thank you each and all of you in this area for support to go through this difficult time.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

This week

Dear friends!
Next two weeks we might be short with helping hands. 
Please consider to come and help,and bring a friend of two to meet Spirit and our Team. 
We can provide nice, fun and safe volunteer training, and you can meet special Spirit horses, and Spirit People - riders, families and volunteers and help us serving community. 
The most important days are Mon, Tues and Saturday.
Thank you!

Tuesday is special day, as at 4 PM the first time ever, we will present our riders from program at the Frying Pan Farm Park show. Melissa and Raj, should be those riders who will do it. Come and greet them Tuesday at 4 PM!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Volunteers needed!

Dear friends!
Next two weeks we might be short with helping hands. 
Please consider to come and help,and bring a friend of two to meet Spirit and our Team. 
We can provide nice, fun and safe volunteer training, and you can meet special Spirit horses, and Spirit People - riders, families and volunteers and help us serving community. 
The most important days are Mon, Tues and Saturday.
Thank you!

Friday, July 6, 2012

No therapeutic lessons this Saturday

Heat advisory again !
It will be too hot to do Therapeutic Riding lessons.
Field maintenance and horse care activities for volunteers still on schedule.
Thank you!

Mighty John at Spirit Field!

this is the new member of our Equipment Set - Mighty John will save a lot of time, energy and $ in hay and manure management!
Thank you Singhal Family!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy 4th of July !

We wish you a Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday lessons go on as scheduled.

See you!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Do you want to participate at the 4-H Fair?

Great news!
Spirit has been invited to participate at the 4-H show in August! Please, check link below, and contact me if you want to participate 
Be fast!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Second week of Summer Class

Just came from barn. Horses are doing well, we put hay in feeders, washed water tanks and put fresh water in.
Ready to go for lessons tomorrow.
PM lessons Monday- Thursday will not be canceled, but it is upon clients to recognize if they can deal with heat. Make up week is week of July 23-28
Take care, stay coll and drink a lot of water.