Friday, July 31, 2015

Blurbs about news at SPIRIT and cancellation for Saturday lessons

No lessons this Saturday - SPIRIT riders present us at 4H show in the morning. For volunteers some field work and horse care activity available, just let me know if you plane to come smile emoticon

Group of great people with Ioana at workshop today!
Excited about growing interest and new opportunities to educate and share about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy!
Thank you Ioana!

Last day of this Summer Camp - 14 happy young SPIRIT riders on a trail ride this morning. Thank you Sarah and Karen for your leadership and instructions heart emoticon

  • SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program Last make up day for the first Summer Class, training for horses and an opportunity to appreciate volunteer work at 
    SPIRIT Team!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Support Samson

Ouch! Samson's abscess is not gone yet. Thank you Shannon and Karen (vet and farrier at SPIRIT), and everyone else who try to help this big gentle giant to stay on his feet...
Our love and care will make it. Share and may help Samson to walk and trot again, without pain smile emoticon so he can provide healing and learning for SPIRIT students.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPIRIT needs YOU for 5-8 PM lessons this week

More volunteers needed at PM hours (5-8)  for make up lessons, please!

Friday, July 24, 2015

See this!

Dear friends of SPIRIT,
Our photose made the Oak Hill Herndon Connection along with the brief paragraph on why volunteers for SPIRIT. That's three years in a row!
Here's the link to the paper--go to page 7.

Reminder about miracles horses can do for us

Benefits of Equine Assisted Activities....beside smiles and happiness :)
At SPIRIT we do it with our horses improve for mostly kids and youth improvement of:

Physical condition

  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Muscle Tone
  • Flexibility
  • Range of Motion
  • Motor Control
  • Fitness
Cognitive skills

  • Sequencing
  • Patterning
  • Memory
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  •  Visual/Spatial Perception
  • Active Listening Skills
  • Problem-solving Skills

Psychological skills

  • Self-Confidence Flexibility
  • Patience
  • Determination Self-Control

Social skills

  • Friendship
  • Respect
  • Communication skills Leadership Independence
  • Empathy
  • Responsibility

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sharing THIS
 because is nice and interesting....
Would you like to write an essay in behalf of SPIRIT?
Imagine how many horses we might rescue and touch people's lives, beside having a perfect back up plan if we loose farm we use now to serve our community

Monday, July 20, 2015

Heat advisory

There is a heat and air quality advisory for Fairfax county today. 
Indoor has roof insulation which helps a lot to cool down, and Frying Farm Park is famous for cool breeze even at the worst days in a summer. 
Please be smart and make a wise decision if you may not tolerate well temperature just around 90 F and consider a better choice to come next Monday for make up lesson. Let me know if you will not come tonight, please!
Thank you!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Good news!

Saturday riders!
We got an indoor ring this morning!

Thank you FCPA for having such a great asset for community

To cancel or not to cancel lessons today?

Confusing info at the web but some sources say
"Some chances for thunderstorm this morning."

Please, make a wise decision to come or not for the lessons. So far, all looks still fine.
Hope to have a great day at SPIRIT with our kids and great team of volunteers.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Meet Max!
We offered him a job and he is coming Thursday!
Welcome Max!
Thank you Anita for trusting SPIRIT to take care of your boy :)!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Public Thank You Note to all SPIRIT Volunteers, and especially to:

Mike F. for taking care of so many issues at facility and farm after recent thunderstorms;
Megan for helping long hours AM at the Farm for past several days
Don and Clark family for being here to do what they do several times a week in despite of all issues and problems life brings to you
Jeff W for being dedicated and caring to our herd and feeding them, assisting farrier and vet visits and all you do every morning
Michael H. for helping us taking care of our equipment
Laura W for making Sunday horse care easier and faster
Leslie for your presence at the office daily which makes a huge difference for management
Boris S. for taking care of facility, equipment, improving it and developing our farm management daily
Devoted BOD and Fundraising Committee Team for your work and efforts...

No lessons today

Lessons canceled for Tuesday, July/14th
Park show is in indoor ring, and weather is threatening. 
Sorry, we have to cancel lessons tonight. Make up will be at July/18th
Take care and stay dry

Monday, July 13, 2015

Macy's Shop for Cause

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, Macy’s will host its 10th annual Shop For A Cause benefiting charities nationwide. Since 2006, Shop For A Cause has raised more than $47 Million for charities across the country. This is our opportunity to be part of the excitement.

Here’s How It Works 
Your charity can sign up to participate through the SIGN UP tab on this website. When registering, you request a quantity of savings passes to sell for $5 each. Upon approval, you pick up your savings passes from your store and sell them to your constituents through the day of the event.Savings passes are only valid in-store and not on
Charities are not permitted to sell savings passes in the store.
Macy’s will begin selling savings passes in all stores beginning mid-August. Savings passes sold in stores will benefit the March of Dimes, our national in-store beneficiary of Shop For A Cause.
How Do our Organization Benefit?
All participating non-profit organizations receive special savings passes to sell for $5 each. You keep 100% of the proceeds.
How Does the Customer Benefit?
When your guests Shop For A Cause on Saturday, August 29, 2015, they'll receive 25% off* on regular, sale and clearance merchandise, including designer brands you love, throughout the store, as well as 10% off electronics, furniture, mattresses and area rugs. And, they will be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary.

SPIRIT is on this campaign.
Would you like to shop with 25% discount and support us?
Ask me how :)
Thank you !

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Dressage show at 4H event at Frying Pan Farm Park

Opportunity limited for the most devoted EAL students and mentors -
Dressage show at 4H event at Frying Pan Farm Park, Saturday, August 1st
Contact me if you would like to hear more :)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

EAP Workshop - EAP Working with Grief, Loss & lLife Tranisitions

Honoring the Herd:
Working with Grief, Loss & Life Transitions 
Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Education:
 Professional Development Workshop:
July 31, 2015 @ 8.00am - 2.30pm

Join us for a day of learning with horses led by

Ioana Boie, PhD, LPC

For more information and to register, please contact Tel: (813)484-0374

Cost: $250 per person. Full payment due at registration.

You are invited to an introduction to equine assisted psychotherapy as an approach to

working with loss, grief, and various life transitions. Theoretical tenets, as well as research

on EAP will be provided. Join the Spirit herd to witness how horses can facilitate the

process of healing for your clients. Experiential exercises will demonstrate the theory.

No riding or horse experience is necessary.

Workshop is approved for 6 clock hours of CEUs through NBCC. Spirit Open Equestrian is an

NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
Part of the proceeds to benefit Spirit Open Equestrian Program, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing equine assisted therapies and activities to the local community -

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Heavy rain just stopped - we have horses in indoor and we are ready to do our lessons! smile emoticon

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Do you want to help at the Farm AM hours during the week?

Dear volunteers and EAL students
I am thankful and so sorry that some of you came today and went back home. 
Please, for future, see our SCHEDULE at the BLOG to see what is going on. Also I use to publish it at Blog and FB when we are close to Camp or any other activity beside regular classes.
If you look at the Volunteer Schedule, you can also see that next camp starts at 7/27 :)

In case you have free time to work AM hours, you, and anyone else, are always welcome to come 9-11 and help at the farm, just let me know. 

Friday, July 3, 2015


Even I wanted to start at July 4th it seems that rain will not let us do it. 
I apologize for this change, but we shall delay this start of the Summer Saturday Class for the next Saturday, July, 11th.
Thank you and wish you a great Independence Day!