Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Education and training in 2016

Save a dates for 
Next OK Corral Seminar at Spirit : October 21-23 2016!
Coming Home Again (Camouflage) This seminar addresses the needs of returning veterans and their families. Specific applications include reintegration, depression, addictions, and issues families experience when their loved ones are deployed. Greg Kersten is a United States Army veteran, and has certified military and civilian staff and volunteers at the United States Air Force Academy in the practice of EAP.

Wednesday - day off

Too much rain to do even indoor session. Sorry, EAL students for this change. Stay dry at home and see you Sat if it is not raining.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Renewing Riding Pass

Dear EAL students and TR Saturday students, I just got a message from the Park that beginning of new 2016, you have to go to the Equestrian Office and ask for your new Riding Passes. You do not have to purchase anything , just take your new ID which should be with you anytime you ride.
For more info call the Park and ask for Megan, manager 703-437-9101
Thank you.

Original message from the Park Manager:

Hello! Just to keep everyone up to date on riding passes as we start a new year.

We have new riding passes for daily, quarterly and annual riders (...)
This is important for multiple reasons most of which is out of concern for safety (The new passes have a place to put emergency contact info and pre-existing medical conditions)

We also have a rider check-in book in the Equestrian Office and at the end of the indoor arena where riders should sign in and place their current coggins. 

Pass Prices  -
Daily Riding Pass $15
Quarterly Riding Pass $55
Annual Riding Pass $200

Riders should call ahead and purchase a pass before their arrival if they will not be arriving during regular business hours.

If someone needs to purchase a pass during off hours they should call the duty phone and a maintenance staff member will assist them.


Below are the FPFP Equestrian Center Open Riding Rules

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Holiday schedule

Dear everyone,
hope you are doing well busy or relaxed at this Holiday season. 
Reaching you to let you know that  we moved our sessions from 5-7 to 3-5 while schools are closed, so EAL students can use daylight for their program. 

So 12/21-23, and whole next week 12/28-31  SPIRIT Program is running earlier 3-5 PM
Saturday we shall gather at normal time 9-12.
Thank you for friendship and work at SPIRIT
For those who celebrate, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, 
Best wishes, 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Good news

Ring is dry enough - good news for EAL students and staff today. 
Let's take herd out 5-7 PM today 

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You can still help SPIRIT this year. Choose #21744 (Spirit Open Equestrian) for your 2016 CFC campaign contributions. Ask your friends and family to join you in supporting SPIRIT too. Your contributions are tax deductible and you will help make sure that our kids can learn and grow with Spirit in 2016.
Donating is easy this year, just go to

Thank you!

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Celebrating the end of quarantine!
Graces test came back negative and we are free to come out and ride. 
Stay tuned and will publish if outdoor ring is good to be used tomorrow evening, or we shall come to the trail this Saturday morning.
Thank you all for your support, patience and understanding. 
Friends and volunteers made this period a great experience for all - horses have been taken care of, and new mares had some start up even just at the small field where they are smile emoticon

Thursday is too wet to ride

Too much rain today to do anything. Sorry!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Rain Today :(

Showers predicted 5-7 PM
Let's move our activity to tomorrow and we can do make up Friday. 
Sorry for that.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Farm Activities Tomorrow 9-11am!

So several little birdies have told us that they miss their special time with SPIRIT. The herd misses you too!  So tomorrow our EAL students, volunteers, mentors and assistants are  welcome to come to the farm from 9 to 11am to give our horses some love, feed them, groom them and help take care of their stalls!

 We look forward to seeing you tomorrow !

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Back home, and still waiting to quit quarantine to work at the Park

Dear friends, families, riders, volunteers, 
thank you for all good wishes for my travel to visit parents in Croatia. They worked well and I am back thankful for another chance to be with my mom and dad. 
I am excited for our event this Saturday and looking forward to see most of you there smile emoticon
Update from the vet and our schedule - Good news first - EHV1 we registered in one of new mares was not horrible neurological form, but more common respiratory one. No one else in herd showed any symptoms. Our new mares are separated from the main herd, and whole farm is under quarantine until we get the green light from our Shannon the Vet smile emoticon
Bad news are that waiting it might affect our plans to start riding at the Park this coming Monday Dec/14th.
We still can and will gather starting this Monday, and do what we (volunteers and EAL students) can to get our horses ready for the Winter Class starting in a month.
Stay in touch with SPIRIT and hope to seeing you this Saturday at Kalypso's Tavern, Reston, at 5 PM
Be well!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Need a unique gift for someone special this holiday? Or could you use a fun evening of food, drink, music and good company after a long day of holiday shopping?

Come to SPIRIT's Winter Social and Silent Auction! We will be auctioning off unique items, works of art, and exciting experiences! We will also be giving away a NIB Apple Watch as a door prize!

The Social and Silent Auction are THIS SATURDAY, 12/12 from 5-9pm at Kalypso Sport Tavern.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include free appetizers and entrance to the auction.

Children under eight are welcome to attend for free

The first table of the Silent Auction closes for bidding at 7:15pm, with tables closing every fifteen minutes.

You can also make a reservation for a table for dinner during the event by emailing Mention you are with SPIRIT Silent Auction and a portion of your bill will be donated to SPIRIT as well!

*must be present at time of award to win the door prize

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SPIRIT's Winter Social and Silent Auction is Coming Up! Tickets are Still Available!

Thank you to everyone who gave to SPIRIT for ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬! You have truly touched the lives of our riders and participants and we are so grateful for your support!

Don't forget about our Winter Social and Silent Auction on December 12th from 5-9pm at Kalypso Sports Tavern in Reston! We still have tickets available both online HERE and through our office!

Thinking about dinner at Kalypso that night too? Make a reservation with them and tell them you are with SPIRIT and they will also donate a portion of your bill to us!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Help Spirit kick off the Season of Giving!

#GivingTuesday is coming in 2 days!  Join the worldwide movement! 

SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program will help ring in the season of charity and giving on December 1 by participating in #GivingTuesday!

SPIRITs mission is to provide therapy, learning, improvement of life skills, and healing of the body, mind and spirit – through activities with our horses!  When you give to SPIRIT, you will be helping people with disabilities as well as children, youth, seniors citizens, service  groups and veterans to experience the power of therapy and learning through interactions with noble giants and gentle ponies in SPIRIT herd.

To donate, click here

Thank you for your generosity and Happy Holidays!

~ SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving from the SPIRIT herd! The herd is thankful for Mr. Terry who brought them a Thanksgiving breakfast of carrots and sweet potatoes! We are also so thankful for our friends and family! HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

No lessons nor activities Wednesday 11/25

Sorry, but have to cancel lessons tonight. 
Wish you a great Thanksgiving and looking forward to seeing you later in December (EAL students and volunteers), or in January (Class starts 1/18)
Thank you 
Stay warm and be well

Monday, November 23, 2015


Dear friends, families and students
Thank you so much for another great year together

I hope you had a good time with SPIRIT. We are thankful for any moment we spent together with kids and horses. We all learned and grown a lot since last Thanksgiving and Holidays.

Winter season is around the corner and this is our schedule

until 11/25 - regular schedule for program activities (make up week) 5-8 PM

11/26 Thanksgiving Day - no activities

Saturday 11/28  & Saturday 12/05 - if weather permits -  volunteers, EAL students, mentors - horse, field and barn and equipment care 9 AM -12 PM (Instructors in training and assistants in charge for activities)
Saturday 11/12 - no activities - Silent Auction event. Please join us:

Fundraiser Holiday Event/Raffle/Silent Auction

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, 1617 Washington Plaza, Reston VA 20190
Saturday December 12, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm Live music @ 9:30

Heavy appetizers to include:
Gyro sliders, Wings, Flatbread Pizza, Hummus, Tzatziki & Spicy Feta dip with veggies & pita
Tickets available HERE :)

Week evenings until Monday 12/14 - no activities at the field

Starting Monday 12/14 , 5-7 PM  Activities for EAL  students, Instructors in training, Assistants and very dedicated volunteers during the Holiday season (days off are red numbers in calendar, and any day when Park may be closed)

No Saturday activities until Jan/16

Saturday, Jan/16
VOLUNTEER TRAINING and back to barn Event at our field, or at the Farm if weather is not friendly :)

Starting Jan/18 we continue regular schedule 5-8 PM Mon-Thur

FCPA Winter Classes
·  01/18-02/08/2016 -  First 4 weeks Winter Class
·  02/22-03/07 - Second 4 weeks Winter Class


Show Dates:      1/23/16    2/27/16    3/12/16      4/30/16 
Opening Dates: 12/1/15    1/1/16      2/1/16        3/1/16 
Closing Dates:  1/15/16    2/19/16    3/4/16        4/22/16 

Friday, November 20, 2015


Park is full of horses and trailers for Pre-turkey Horse show, but Saturday is still opportunity to come and give horses TLC, take care of tack and field. 
Hope to see EAL students and volunteers as usual smile emoticon

Thursday, November 19, 2015

No lessons tonight

I am sorry but no lessons tonight. Park has own program indoor and weather does not let us do lessons in outdoor ring.
Take care, stay dry and see you Sat if weather is good.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

R.I.P. dear #420

This mare did not make it longer than 12 hours. She came dehydrated, weak and probably having some kind of colic last evening. 
Vet sad that it was probably too late even then for her.
We gave her comfort and piece to go over the rainbow surrounded by friendly touch and voice
Poor #920 spent her last night in warm stall, with lot of bedding, hay and water she was not able to take, any more.
Sometimes you can save horses from kill pen and give them years of good life, with care and love they deserve.
Sometime it is only 12 hours.
I do not regret.
Hope some of her fiends from kill pen will make it longer.
R.I.P. dear #420

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fundraiser Holiday Event/Raffle/Silent Auction

Fundraiser Holiday Event/Raffle/Silent Auction

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, 1617 Washington Plaza, Reston VA 20190
Saturday December 12, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm Live music @ 9:30
Tickets available at SPIRIT Office - contact us at
Heavy appetizers to include:
Gyro sliders, Wings, Flatbread Pizza, Hummus, Tzatziki & Spicy Feta dip with veggies & pita

You can purchase your ticket for the event on line using Paypal link below. Your ticket will wait for you at the entrance! 


Report about first EAL Ride4 SPIRIT event

SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program Thank you all who helped today. We celebrated again, SPIRIT and our Mission proving how much horses can do for kids in community smile emoticon

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Show tomorrow! Are you ready?

Hello everyone! With the show around the corner I have a couple more things to remind everyone of:
  • Spirit riders can come to the barn and practice for the show 5-7 Friday evening.
  • When you get to the show, please go to the show office in the indoor to check in and get your welcome packet.
  • It's going to be cold outside, so don't forget coats-- we don't mind at all if rider go into the ring with a jacket covering up your show shirt.
  • Spirit riders, we had to do some horse reassignments for people riding Buttercup. These riders have already been emailed, but please be aware that you might end up sharing a horse with more people than you originally thought. On that note, Huckleberry will be working a lot, so please try to warm up minimally on him and give him lots of breaks. 
See how it looks like to grow with Spirit HERE

We just saved two mares from kill pen !

Saving their lives so they can heal and teach at SPIRIT Team

Friday, November 6, 2015

No Therapeutic riding lessons this Saturday

Few showers predicted at 8, 9 and 10 AM tomorrow frown emoticon
No indoor available.
We have to cancel therapeutic class tomorrow. 
Volunteers and EAL students make your choice to come and help about horse care or stay at home safe and dry. 
Next week is the last one of Fall 8 weeks class.
See you Monday

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Silent Auction project for December

Friends of SPIRIT, can you help us finding items for our Silent Auction in December?
This is a great way to support our fundraising efforts and assure that SPIRIT Herd will have all they need in year to come. 
Contact us at 
Thank you!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cancellation for Wednesday 10/28 lessons

Forecast says - Expect occasional thunderstorms to continue for the next several hours.
No lessons this evening
Stay dry and safe
See you tomorrow

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Horsemanship Event Ride for SPIRIT November 14th at 10 AM

EAL students, mentors, assistants, friends with own horses, all invited to our Event in November

If you want to register, contact or look for registration form in the tack toom :)
Looking forward to seeing you!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tuesday AM hours - volunteers needed

Hippo therapy program at SPIRIT at Tuesdays 9.30-2.30
Can you help?
Thank you!

This week end

Lucinda left and we were sad...

But it made us feel better to see her happy at her home with friends....

Friday, October 9, 2015

Good luck Lucy!

Lucinda is going home tomorrow noon time. 
Come to say good bye to wonderful pony who spent last 5 years with us.
We gonna miss you Lucy

Monday, September 28, 2015

No lessons today :(

Just got a message from the Park Management that there is a  rental in the indoor today and tonight so lessons will either have to be cancelled if it is raining or moved to the lower ring.
Forecast calls for some showers at 4 and 5 :(
I think we shall cancel lessons tonight to be safe

Great SPIRIT event

Another incredible Ride For Spirit! Thank you to all of our wonderful riders and volunteers for making this day a huge success! And a BIG thanks to Caroline and Carina Elgin for letting us "borrow" Lucinda for all these sweet years! Lucinda retired from Spirit today. She will be going home to rest and relax with the Elgin family! We love you Lucinda!

Friday, September 25, 2015


Tomorrow, Saturday, September 26th at 11 AM
Indoor arena at Frying Pan Farm Park
Come and celebrate our riders and miracles horses can do

Say  Good bye to Lucinda and meet Caroline, her owner

Friday, September 18, 2015

Good bye Lucinda!

This Ride 4 SPIRIT will be a an opportunity to say Thank you to Caroline Elgin and give one more hug to Lucinda.
Not every horse can afford a retirement home at Middleburg smile emoticon and we are happy to know that our dear friend, Lucinda is going home to be a back yard and petting pony for her proud owner Caroline. 
Thank you Caroline and Elgin family for gift of usage this beautiful mare. She has been loved by so many riders in therapy and learning program, she created so many smiles and special moments of joy and accomplishment in past years at SPIRIT.
She needs a quiet time and fresh air of the Plains and she is lucky to belong to Caroline and can come back to her family now.
Come at Ride4SPIRT at the Frying Pan Farm Park,Sat Sep/26th, 11-1, to say "Good bye and Thank you to Lucinda" to meet her owner, and SPIRIT's friend Caroline heart emoticon (and her mom Carina) and celebrate again all small miracles horses can do smile emoticon

Ride for Spirit - volunteers needed

Dear SPIRIT Team
We have again a presentation of our work Saturday 9/26 11 AM – 1 PM
We shall celebrate accomplishments of our riders in therapeutic riding program and present our great horses and your horsemanship skills 
We need your presence and/or help.
Please let me know by e-mail or sign in chart at office shed, with your full name and mark appropriate options. I will contact you about details.
Thank you so much!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall class is starting soon!

Fall class is starting soon!
50 or more kids needs some help to ride
Volunteers needed!
Starting Sep/21st 5-8 PM
If you are ready to come contact me at
Thank you!

Monday, September 14, 2015


Thank you Mark for your time with SPIRIT
This hug is still here...

Saturday, September 12, 2015

No lessons today - Sat 12th

Light rain at 7 AM and prospective thunders for next 6 hours "Expect occasional thunderstorms to continue for the next several hours.' as forecast. frown emoticon
No lessons today.

  • SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program Volunteer training will be held in the barn area and/or at the Farm house meeting room. EAL students should participate at training as well.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Park closed at 5 PM for Labor Day

Park Authority – RECenters open to 6 p.m., except George Washington RECenter, which is closed. Historic sites open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nature centers open noon to 5 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but visitor center is closed. Green Spring Garden open noon to 4:30 p.m., but historic house is closed.
Info from County web site .
Happy Labor Day and see you Tuesday!…/updat…/labor-day-schedule.htm