Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thank you!

Dear friends of Spirit, 
Thank you for all great moments we created thanks to you!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Dear friends, helpers, volunteers of Spirit Program
It has been seven years since the Spirit Program started at the small backyard at the Great Falls, with one 40+ year old mare and our first rider, Cella.
I am sharing these thoughts and memories with you, to remind those who have been with Spirit for all this time, and to explain to those who came later how important this season is for Spirit, and for me personally.

Seven years after my heart is so full, and it is hard to find words to say how much of a miracle everything that, through hard work, happened in the past seven years has been.

Cella rode at our Show 12/22/2012, too.

Smiles small victories, and magic of horses filled 2012 and You are part of it.

At the show last Saturday almost 50 volunteers were active, helping us to create a safe and fun taste of success for all our riders. We did a good job, and thank you if you were with Spirit that morning.

Together we did almost 8,000 hours of volunteer work this year, more than 2,500 lesson hours, for more then 200 clients in therapy and education.

Thank you all,  for each moment and support you offered to Spirit Program, and  I am hoping to continue our mission with your help and with help of special people like you,  in many years ahead.

Please, do not forget to renew your Registration, by sending an e-mail to Ms Cathy, our coordinator, saying:
"I want to continue to volunteer at Spirit Program - 2013" in subject line, in the body of the e-mail, put your availability, or any changes of previous status from the printed Registration,  also put your name in weekly schedule to continue being a part of the Volunteer Team of Spirit Program.
Best wishes, and blessings of the Season,

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ready for show?

Ready for show tomorrow?
See you at the Park at 10 AM in indoor ring
We prepared warm drinks, baked goodies, even soup, so no worries for cold weather - we can warm you up :)
Pony rides, Santa in cart with Rain Dear, and chance to see our riders and Spirit in action.
Do not miss that!

And when show is over, here it is schedule for those holiday weeks:

Wed. Dec. 26 (no school) 3-5- PM horse and facility care, mentors riding

Thur. Dec. 27 (no school) 3-5- PM horse and facility care, mentors riding

Fri. Dec. 28 (no school) 3-5- horse and facility care, mentors riding

Sat. Dec. 29  9-12 -AM  horse and facility care, mentors riding

Mon. Dec. 31 (no school) 3-5- PM horse and facility care, mentors riding

Tues. Jan 1 (no school) 3-5- horse and facility care, mentors riding

Wed. Jan 2          5-7 PM- horse and facility care, mentors riding, volunteer training

Thur. Jan 3         5-7- horse and facility care, mentors riding, volunteer training

Fri. Jan 4             5-7 PM- horse and facility care, mentors riding, volunteer training

Sat. Jan 5            9-12 AM- horse and facility care, mentors riding, volunteer training

Monday, December 17, 2012

Charts for Ride for Spirit Show - Edited!

Sorry, I hope that this is the final version :)

HORSE Volunteers Riders
Time 10 10:10 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30
Synch riding Parade II III IV V
Tess Zoe Sue/Lisa Zoe Kevin x Kevin William Louis Sharon
Lucinda Ilana Becca Ilana Nicole Eliana Nicole Devlin Thomas Jackson
Spirit Mira Maya Mira Cella Maya  Leah Alisson x Raj
Charlie Naomi Ayah Naomi Ayah Ayah Darcy Erica Madison x
Glory Nick Himani / Theresa Nick Eliana x Sean x x x
Infinity Camilla Julia Anja Anja Anja x x Melissa Elizabeth
Huckleberry Stevie Sheena Stevie Alisson Pony ride
Buttercup Elliana Camryn Camilla Maya
Holiday Kathleen Vera Kathleen Sharon / Kyle
Harmony Colin Andrew

Sunday, December 16, 2012

It is that time of the year, again :)

It is that time of the year again. Time of love, giving and celebration.
We invite you and your friends to come at our 

Spirit Event at Saturday, 
12/22 at 10 AM 
at the Frying Pan Farm Park.

Come and meet Spirit in action, see kids riding horses they love and horses who teach them about life, about responsibility, hard work, dedication, who teach them how to win and how to handle when we do not win. Meet our kids who learn about own balance, focusing and orientation skills, who learn how to find and fulfill own potential on horse an in life.
Meet our horses who teach us all patience, tolerance, trust and self esteem, respect and love.

Come and meet Spirit, share moments of celebration of ability over disability, let smiles of our riders and volunteers inspire you in this holiday season.

Support our work, by donation, advocacy, or spreading the word about Spirit and our service at community.

Support Spirit and help us to continue serving community, doing Equine assisted Therapeutic and Educational activities, helping our riders to grow and live strong and be enriched by touch of the horse.

Take a chance and help us decorate the Spirit Tree, with gifts such as hay, grain, farrier, veterinarian service or, treats for horses... Winter just started, and we need a lot of hay to keep our horses healthy and happy.

Let your kid ride our ponies or meet Santa in his cart...that and much more at RIDE FOR SPIRIT event next Saturday.

Hope to see you there.

Thank you all who are helping and will come to help keeping event fun and safe!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Spirit!

What a special week it was! Cella, is back, our first rider at Spirit Program, almost 7 years ago, and we had Louis, Luciano, Nicholas, Melisa, Sharon, Tyler and Ryan riding this sunny morning.
Herndon Woman's Club, recognized Spirit and surprised us with very generous donation.
This week we got a lot of new volunteers in training, and Winter session in January will be fun and safe with them. 
Holiday, Haflinger is coming tomorrow - Spirit Family is growing ! ♥

And today we had a great BOD meeting - what a wonderful, strong and dedicated people will lead Spirit in future!
Real holiday Spirit is all around :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Getting ready for the show 22nd

We need more helping hands for our show!
Seasonal decoration and items for the bake sale are welcome :)

Please, contact Cathy or me,  if you can come and help our riders to show off their the best
Saturday 22nd 10 AM-1 PM

Bring a friend, and show the Spirit

Pony rides and Santa Claus in his cart will be at indoor ring at the same time, come and bring your cameras.

New Barn - painted, and new spirit friends!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Busy Saturday

Big day this Saturday - Painting the New Barn Project with great team of new volunteers, and regular Therapeutic Riding program as scheduled.
See you!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Congratulation to all riders and THANK YOU to all who helped this Saturday :)

Show is over, and sweet memories are inspiration for next one 
December 22nd, 
10 AM at the Indoor Arena at Frying Pan Farm Park

Come and celebrate with us abilities and achievements of our students in Therapeutic and Educational Program and young volunteers

Result were close, but Winners are :
Para dressage Class - Julia Scoville
Dressage Class -  Zoe Griffiths
Show jumping - Becky Maksimovic