Sunday, March 31, 2013

Third barn report

Thank you , Boris, for light at the third barn...
and some pics from security camera about barn usage :)

Dear Spirit Team!

Hope everyone had a good spring break!  The Monday-Thursday park classes don’t start until April 8, but regular Saturday lessons continue (if weather and Park activity let us use the lower riding ring).
Friday individual lessons will start at the week of 04/08, as well, if weather permits.
Next week, Monday-Friday, we have horse, tack and facility care and volunteer training ( and possible individual therapeutic or educational lessons).
Looking forward to seeing you again!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Successful Camp and Pony ride at Visitor Center at the FPFP

Thank you Naomi, Mira, Ilana and Nick for being every day at the Spring Camp mornings with Spirit and working hard to keep kids safe and ponies happy :)
Thank you Jeff for coming earlier this week and feeding horses to be ready for the Camp
Thank you all other volunteers who helped occasionally, during the week...
Thank you Stevie, Ajah, Emily, Sakina, and Julia for being there (4-6 PM)and helping about this project!
Thank you Sarah for great lessons after that (6-8 PM)!
Thanks to our great ponies doing wonderful job with busy Spring break time...Now we shall have the next week committed to our ponies and to volunteers to train them, having several individual students, too.

Special note - tomorrow we might have Tim, the video master to do some recording of Spirit work and sure that you have your Spirit attire :)

Monday, March 25, 2013


Still looking for helping hands for Thursday Pony Ride at the Visitor center ( 4-6 PM, but we shall meet at 3.30 to get ponies ready :).
Also lessons 6-8 still at schedule.
Contact me if you want to come and help Thursday.

Message from the Park

Please tell your volunteers how grateful we are that they were able to adjust schedules and help with camp. The kids were so excited to learn that they would be riding today.

Many thanks and much appreciation to you, the volunteers, and horses!


Good morning! 
Today, Monday Camp will start later  - at 11! 
See you then if you coming, 
Thank you, 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Camp Program

 Volunteers who will assist at the Spring Camp, see our program with little campers:

  1st day 2nd day 3rd day 4th day 5 th day
RIDING Safe approach  basic centered rider's position, walk/stop transition, following leader in walk, mounting / dismounting procedure Two point in walk, steering around cones, emergency procedures - Barrel race Trot experience, Red light-green light, Freeze game Egg in a spoon,glass of water, Toilet paper game Trail ride or "Show jumping competition"
GROUND WORK Barn management info and some mucking practice at the field ; Safe approach and handling,holding lead rope, touching horse all over the body one girl  or more stays with group of 4 at the field and, with adults (they use to come at 9) do this part for first 45 minutes Safe approach and handling,holding lead rope, touching horse all over the body, making him to move in desired direction, making him to stop moving…Grooming, coloring, braiding Leading in pattern in walk and trot Haltering, leading in walk/stop transitions, leading in pattern in walk / trot, over pools Tacking, leading in walk/trot/stop transitions, leading in pattern in walk and trot, over the pools
LEARNING Psychology of the horse Body parts, colors, marks Breeds, disciplines Stable management, feeding, saddle and bridle parts First Aid, health and social needs

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spring Camp and busy Thursday next week

Dear Spirit Volunteers
We still need some help at the Camp, next week Mon-Fri 9-12 AM
Contact me please if you can make it :)

Also - THURSDAY - we shall bring two ponies at the Visitor Center at the Park and do some promotional Pony Rides for visitors, 4-6 PM, so we need 3-4 volunteers to help to show Spirit at that time. We should meet at the 3.30 and stay until 6.15.

Looking forward to hear from you and see you, too :)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hoping for warm Saturday

Spirit's first rider (she is with us since January 2007) , Cella is back and we are looking forward to seeing her in saddle tomorrow.
Volunteers, get ready - springtime brings more riders at Saturday and Friday, too.

For volunteers in program of training for Mentors Volunteers - great opportunity to gain more experience - we need your help next week Mon-Fri 9-12 AM for Spring Camp program.

If you can commit and help all days - you can get special training session during the week after this one.
Contact Cathy or Dada if you plane to be with Spirit next week mornings.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring ahead

Winter is over! And today we are finishing a make up week of the last Winter class.
Next week, is Spring break and Equestrian Spring Camp at the Frying Pan Farm Park!
Volunteers, please, confirm to Ms Cathy, volunteer coordinator, or to me (Dada) your availability to help about the Camp, Mon-Fr, 9 AM-1 PM

Thursday, March/28th PM hours, Spirit Team will host a Pony ride at the Visitor center. We need helping hands for that, so let me know if you can commit 3 hours (3.30-6.30 PM) to present our ponies and program to the community.

During the Camp week, PM activities (beside Thursday) will be 
reduced to 5-7 PM - volunteer training, and horse care

Thank you!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring break week at Spirit

Just a reminder that next week is Spring Break. Camp’s daily lessons are scheduled for 9:30 – 11:30 inside the indoor arena. We have 8 campers! volunteers should come at 9.
PM activity at the Spirit will be reduced to volunteer training,  horse care and field maintenance 5-7

Saturday, March 16, 2013

This Saturday at the Spirit field

Canceling lessons for this Saturday is something I am not proud of, at all.
So much about reliability of forecast :(
Anyway, thank you all who saved this day ...Becky, only one mentor volunteer who was at the barn on time and took a right lead in chaotic situation.
All ended at the good note, we learned a lot about each other and how to handle unexpected situations :)
One note at the end, just reminder - for mentors and new volunteers...only mentors can groom and tack horses if I am not present. Even if that means that one or few people have to do it alone for all horse...but will talk about it more, later.
Have a good week end, all, and see you next week :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Saturday 03/16

To all Saturday riders&families - lessons will be cancelled because of rain. Only short maintenance work at the field and horse care for dedicated volunteers :)
Take care and stay dry and warm if you can

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sara Morehouse is PATH Intl. Registered Instructor!

We did not have any doubt about her skills and knowledge, but now, we are proud to have Sarah as official instructor at Spirit Program!
Go, Sarah!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Spring makes your energetic :)

Some changes at the schedule for 2013 - please, check it out


Spring, here we come!

Thank you Cindy for those photos!

See updated schedule, please!

Some changes at the schedule for 2013 - please, check it out


Spring, here we come... Thank you, Cindy for photos :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lessons today

Thursday riders and volunteers - We have lessons as scheduled today. Please be careful at the ice around the indoor.
Thank you :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stay safe and warm :)

Fairfax schools are closed, so Park is closed, too.
No lessons, sorry.
Take care, stay dry and be well.

Make up lessons scheduled at the week of March/18th

Monday, March 4, 2013

Real snow at the end of the winter???

Head up to all - most likely Wednesday class will be canceled. Please, check final decision at FB, Blog or as a text message if you have been registered for it. In case of cancellation it will be posted the same day before or at 3 PM.
Make up session will be Wednesday, March 20th
Take care and stay dry and safe :)