Sunday, March 30, 2014

Great job at the clinic today!

Mira and Ilana particpated at the Mary O'Conoll clinic this Saturday

Spirit is proud of it's Mentors and Assistants who promote high standards of natural horsemanship in any situation 
Looking forward for next generation of Mentors to come soon

Friday, March 28, 2014

No lessons this Saturday, nor Sunday activities at all

Sorry, forecast says 100% chances of rain, so we should skip this Saturday lessons and stay at home..
For Mentors and Assistants - no Sunday activities !
Thank you!

Plans for next few weeks

Plans for period between Winter and Spring Classes
- next week is still make up week, and Monday we have full schedule until 8 PM
- between Tuesday 04/04 and Monday 04/21 PM activities will be reduced to 5-7 and dedicated to maintenance work and volunteer training (great period for volunteers in training which sign in for EAL program :) - ask me if you do not know what it is)
- week of 04/14-04/18 - Spring Camp activities 9-11.30 - volunteers - contact Emma if you want to participate, please
- Spring Class - 8 weeks - will start 04/21

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring is in the air :)

Dear riders and volunteers.
Please note that during the make up week(s) we shall keep gathering (volunteers) at 5 PM, all make up lessons will start at 6 PM but will finish earlier, just after 7 PM. Only exception is Monday, March 31, which we shall do full two hours make up for lessons canceled during the Class time.
Take care, and stay warm...spring may come any moment :)

Not really, but never loose the hope !

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Make up week or two for second Winter Classes!

Starts tomorrow!

Spirit Team celebrated this Saturday

This Saturday  morning Spirit celebrated Donor Appreciation Day. Can not wait to get all pictures you took, capturing smiles, joy and success of our guests, mentors riding in pony games presentation, proud parents around and in saddle, and hardworking volunteers!
Thank you all who helped today - Sue and Karen, instructors, Becky for great management of presentation, Mindy, Sara, Diane, Julia, our BOD members who participated and presented Spirit, and many of great volunteers who kept our event safe and horses happy and kids and guests even happier!
Big thanks to our special friends too - 4-H club Hampton Horsefeathers, and the people who helped out Katie Mutchler, Allisa Coles, Mrs. Coles, and Mindy.
Thank you all who donated saddles for our program - Mindy, Chloe, Sanda 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Event tomorrow!

Saturday 3/22 no lessons at all
Donor Appreciation Day!
We shall share tomorrow morning with SCi company, Spirit's the biggest benefactor  and present our Mission.
We are all excited to be able to say Thank you to SCi Team.
Volunteers needed to create one more safe and fun event with Spirit!
See you at 9 AM

Ready for Spring!

Just finished last lesson of 2nd Winter Class last night.... Next class starts April 21st!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Spirit!

Seven years Spirit serves community, and 5 years at Frying Pan Farm Park!

If you do not ride in Park Class

Dear riders and families, 
I hope you are well and ready for spring time. I can not wait to continue our regular Friday and Saturday schedule. 
As you noticed, maybe, we had a chance to do two Sat lessons and it was so inspirational to see some of our kids smiling and successful on horses again.

I am hoping to seeing you this year again in our regular schedule. Please contact me if your plans for spring have changed, so we can offer your spot to someone else. 

I am writing this to remind you that we need your full registration form and medical form at the beginning of the calendar year (NOW!) , liability release, and as you do not use the Park contracted program, you should call the Park Visitor Center and purchase a new yearly pass for facility usage as well. 
Bring your registration form (with medical part signed by your physician), submit your liability release online, and bring your annual pass to the first lesson in the spring, which is coming soon.

All forms are available at

If you are in need, please submit a Scholarship request ASAP.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you.
With warm regards, 

See you tonight!

Back in saddle again.
Today - Therapeutic riding lessons as scheduled.
Volunteers and riders - Do not miss your day with Spirit horses :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Another Snow Day!

Emergency Announcement
Sunday, March 16 - 7 p.m. - All Fairfax County public schools and offices will be closed on Monday, March 17.
One more snow day for this 2nd Winter Class
It is gonna be a busy make up period before Spring class in April :)

Good weekend before one more winter storm

Thank you all for great Saturday  - volunteer training and some Therapeutic Riding Lessons - First in 2014 in outdoor ring!!!

Thank you Patty and Julia for representing Spirit at

2014 Adapted Sports, Recreation and Travel Fair for Individuals with Disabilities

Sunday noon time - Solveig and Becky training for Driving Program at the Park :)

Friday, March 14, 2014


Saturday (tomorrow) - 9-12 regular activities for volunteers and riders in therapeutic riding program!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday cancelation

No lessons tonight. Sorry. 
Why? See this from weather channel:
For Herndon VA 20171

5 pm Thu; Mar 13
Sunny / Wind 34°F; FEELS LIKE: 22°
WIND:NW at 20 mph;

7 pm Sunny 30°; Sunny; FEELS LIKE:19°

Please, stay at home and be warm...We have a make up week to have a good ride.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Let's ride, kiddos!

We are back in the saddle, I hope. 
See you all tomorrow at lesson time 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tuesday lessons canceled, too :(

Due to the severe storm Fairfax County Government offices are closed as well as public schools. All park facilities are closed and all park programs, classes, events and meetings are canceled.

No lessons this Tuesday 03/04

Emma's words for volunteers - "Although not everyone may be able to pull off a sparkly crush velvet suit this evening like Ellen Degeneras, I hope this message does find everyone warm, safe and feeling fabulous as a Hollywood starlet! The Academy Awards finished just in time for the next winter storm to steal the show...

Please, always check the facebook and/or blog before coming. Lessons on Monday and Tuesday 3 and 4/3/2014 have been cancelled. Fairfax County seems prepared though, so we're crossing our fingers (and hooves) that roads will be clear enough to hold lessons for the rest of the week. The horses, meanwhile, are as snug as Whoopi in her long-sleeve dress and ruby slippers."

Stay at home and be warm and safe

Snow day at the Spirit field

Thankful for safe stalls during a rainy night, thankful for all and each who donated warm blankets for Spirit herd and thankful to Jeff for coming out so we took care together of our horses.
Horses celebrate snow day and no lessons tonight 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Titan strikes

Weather alert!
Again  :(
Titan strikes this time, and it is not a joke.
Schools & Parks are closed
Lesson have to be canceled for tomorrow.
Watch for make up week
On a good note - horses are safe and warm in their stalls tonight, with all hay they may need during the night.
Take care, stay warm and hope to see you all Tuesday