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!