Friday, December 29, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Happy New 2018!

Winter Classes starts Jan/15thTo register call Park Visitor Center703-437-9101For other programs contact spiritoep@gmail.comSPIRIT Open Equestrian Programis a nonprofit organization providing improvement ofquality of life for participants of all abilities.Mission - to foster healing and learning life skillsthrough relationship with horsesSee more

Friday, December 22, 2017

Updated schedule until the end of 2017

SPIRIT is closed until the end of the year. 
Best wishes for the Holiday Season to you, your families and friends, from the staff, and of course the SPIRIT horses.

January 2nd to 15th EAL program continues Mon-Thur 5-7 PM
Winter Class starts January 15th
To register call Park at 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Schedule for Holiday Season and January :)

Saturday, Dec 23 - no TR lessons nor EAL program

Sunday December 24 and Monday December 25 – Frying Pan farm Park will be closed and the gates will remain locked. 

December 26 starting at noon, and December 27, 28 and 29 all day. All three riding rings have been rented out and will not be available for drop in riding.  - any activities has to be done AM hours and out door (close to the SPIRIT Barn), and depend of weather condition.

December 30 Rings open for open riding.

December 31 and January 1 - Frying Pan farm Park will be closed and the gates will remain locked.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Arts&Saddles tomorrow - Come and join us!

Tomorrow TR lessons

Good evening to everyone!
I can not make a final decision
Will let you do it. 
Please send me confirmation mail if you plan to come. 
Weather might be an issue, but, maybe not. Who knows. 
Be safe and wise
Praying for friendly mother nature and one more nice Saturday
Have a good night :)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Chipotle fundraiser Dec 12th between 4-8 PM

Please bring friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. to Chipotle (11160 G2 South Lakes Drive) on December 12th, between 4:00 - 8:00 pm and Spirit will receive50% of the sales!

What to do:
  • Bring a lot of people
  • Show the cashier this flyer (paper or electronic) or just tell the cashier you are supporting Spirit
  • Wear your Spirit gear to the event
  • Enjoy your dinner!

What not to do:
  • Do not pre-order your dinner on line (on-line sales are not included in this fundraiser)
  • Do not stand outside and hand flyers to Chipotle customers (this will void the fundraiser and we won't get a donation)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Schedule until the end of the year

Dear volunteers and EAL students
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving :)
Let me remind you - 
We have program through the end of the year 4.30-7 PM Mon-Thur and Sat 9-12 (weather permitted)
No worries if you can not make it earlier. Just join us if you can make it before 6 when we have some light therapeutic and EAL program. 
Thank you 

Call for help

Hi Everyone

Evidently this message reached none of you, and for that I sincerely apologize. Please ignore the lateness of this message and remember how much publicity Spirit gets from this event and how much fun we have meeting new and potential donors, clients, and volunteers. Sign up ASAP by returning this email to me with the hours you’d like to join us. Three hours is all it takes!!!  (Original messages follows.)

The Abilities Expo is here again!! Some of you already know how much fun and how informative this event can be. It lasts from Dec 1-3: Friday 11-5, Sat 11-5, and Sunday 11-4. We need six volunteers to work three-hour shifts (11-2 and 2-5 Friday and Saturday or 2-on Sunday. You get to meet interesting and inspiring people and tell everyone how great Spirit is. Each year, we gain several new clients and volunteers. I'll set up the booth on Thursday night, so everything will be ready when you arrive. I'll take whatever shift doesn’t get filled, so choose what works best for you.

Just email me with the time you’d like, so I can plan the schedule.

Thanks so much!


PS: Expo is at usual place—Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly and our booth is 322. For a schedule of all events, see:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

No activities today and tomorrow

No activities today and tomorrow (11/22 and 23) Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all families, riders, volunteers, friends, supporters

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pre- turkey show at the Park. No space for lessons tonight.

hope you are doing well
This is a reminder that we do not have available indoor ring tonight and lessons have been canceled. 
Hope to see  you tomorrow at the Barn Dance
Take care and have a great day

Barn Dance this Friday

Come and join us!
Potluck, social and fundraising event.
Friday, November 17th
               at 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
   Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center
                       2739 West Ox Road • Herndon
Gathering of Spirit families, staff, volunteers, friends and supporters, to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2017.
Free admission, donations welcome.
Join us for dancing, music, refreshments and camaraderie.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Save a date!

On December 9th, from 7pm to 11pm, we are having a black-tie gala at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum to celebrate our accomplishments in 2017 and look forward to a new chapter in 2018.

We will have private access to the museum’s collections, in addition to displaying paintings our children are making about what SPIRIT means to them, and paintings from veteran artists who have donated their works.  Following the event, the art from our kids and veterans will be available for auction.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Each rider needs riding pass at the Park!

SPIRIT Team is so grateful to Fairfax County Park Authority and all who supported our transition, for an opportunity to foster healing and learning with horses at Frying Pan Farm Park. 
Riders, students, families, please, make sure that your rider has yearly, quarterly, or daily riding pass.
Thank you!
See more at link below

Frying Pan Farm Park Equestrian Facilities, rules and more 


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Save the date

See more HERE

Friday, October 13, 2017

Big week end ahead, and more

Dear students, volunteers and parents
just to remind you that tomorrow, Sat 10/14 we have another Ride4SPIRIT event at the Frying Pan Farm Park starting at 10 AM
No Sat lessons, sorry.
Those who registered have already schedule for their showing time.
If you did not register, just come and join the crew, taking care of horses and kids and helping SPIRIT to present our achievements together.
Also, all registered riders, and all SEAL Team members, come to help set up the ring, check costumes on horses and practice 5-730 today, Friday 10/7
Come, and celebrate accomplishments of our riders together with us.
This is an invitation for another social event to benefit Spirit
Sunday, 10/8 SPIRIT will host at our field creative workshop. Bring or use our canvas, paint, paper, clay....Make visible what SPIRIT means to you 
See more at EVENT FB section at SPIRIT Page

And interesting links to look at, use  and share with your message what SPIRIT means to you
Thank you
 Early invitation for you, so you can share this link with your friends with your personal message why SPIRIT deserves support 
Thank you
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Warm regards

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

To all friends, supporters, volunteers and staff at SPIRIT

It’s not a job.

It’s a calling.

This work we do in nonprofit – changing lives for the better – it’s important.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Helping others is just part of who I am. I couldn’t stop doing it if I tried.

How about you?

I thought so. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here reading this.

Big hugs for doing work that matters!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Message of the day

Hey Spirit Team,
There’s a lot of craziness in the world right now.

There’s also a lot of opportunity to make a difference.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Another quiet Wednesday this week

No Wednesday program activities this week. Let's get ready for Fall Class. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

No activity tonight at Spirit

Wednesday - too much rain and no makeup scheduled. Let's stay dry and see you tomorrow.
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Friday, September 1, 2017

Finger crossed for dry few hours tomorrow :)

Think positive. It works. The most of the time.
Hoping for dry period between 9 and 12 and lessons to be delivered :)
We do not have an access to the Indoor Arena, so keep eyes to the sky, and I hope to see you all tomorrow :)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ride4Spirit August 12th

Thank you all, staff, volunteers, EAL program riders, Therapeutic Riding program riders and families, friends supporters - it was another great Saturday morning with good rides
Positive energy and SPIRIT around

Saturday, August 5, 2017

County Fair this week end

No program activities :(
69th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cancelation tonight

Last moment note. All activities canceled for tonight.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer Class starts Aug 7th - Welcome!

Dear "old" and "new" families and riders!
Welcome to the Summer class starting next week of August 7th.
Attached is our standard message and info how to start if it is your first time to register at our organization. Please make sure that (if you are new) submit Liability Release (we need it only once). We need for Therapeutic Riding Program to make sure that you provide if not for the first session, than before second one signed medical part as well. Al documents you can find at
We need printed/signed Registration forms for each Class.
If weather is nice, we shall meet at the warm up ring near the Indoor Arena (right side), and in case of bad weather we shall wait for you in Indoor Arena.
Please make sure that you receive cancellation messages by registering for text messages using link…
Visit our website and Blog to find out more about Spirit. Thank you​
Please reach me if you have any questions.
Looking forward to seeing you next week
Have a great rest of the week

Monday, July 31, 2017

This week and rest of the Summer

Dear everyone,
Hope you feel better after refreshing last few days. Summer is going to its end, but still here.
First of all forgive me please for not sending this kind of message on time and to all of you.
Park canceled this week Camp, and I just forgot to publicize, assuming that kids who were recently attending Camp time activities are informed and that we are good. Not an excuse, but it is an explanation.
This week we do have regular 5-8 PM program Mon and Thurs, and no activities Sat (County Fair, full Park and fees to enter to Park)
Week of 8/7 - we are back to regular schedule Mon-Thur 5-8, Sat 9-12
Reminder - Ride4Spirit is coming up. Let me know if you will be there. This time of a year is slow, and it will make us possible to create better opportunity for each rider to show off the best .

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ride4SPIRIT August/12

Hello to all riders, families, staff 
Hope you had a good summer time so far :)
It is a time to show off, celebrate our children and their success and accomplishments with horses and Spirit Program. Attached video of one of previous events to remind and inspire you to come , bring friends and relatives and join us in celebration of Spirit Riders.
As usual we shall provide ribbons for each rider and do our the best to show the best of each student.

Please fill and submit REGISTRATION FORM  if you are interested for participation in this event
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you and looking forward to hearing back from you soon (before 8/5)


Friday, July 21, 2017

Friendship week at Spirit of July 31st

Camp canceled for the week of 07/31
Instead of Camp EAL and TR students will have some fun and bonding time at the Barn and in the field together. 
Planned time is 9.30-11.30 . Let us know if you are interested at

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Summer time warning

It is going to be hot tomorrow.
Make sure that you are comfortable and safe. Bring water, repellent and more water 
See what forecast says
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 101. North wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Let's dance in the rain

Camp activities are on. Let's dance in the rain (with soaked wet horses and kids who love them). Thank you all who do not give up. Boots and hats and we are ready to go 
Ilana, you and Lucinda use to know what it means

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July - Monday lessons as scheduled

EAL students, volunteers, clients. our lessons tonight are on :)

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Monday, June 26, 2017

New Spirit gear is available

New Spirit gear is available! This set is made of lightweight, summery materials to keep all you volunteers cool in the heat. See the styles and order here:


Equine Assisted Learning students (EAL group) and volunteers
This is our schedule until mid August
Morning Camp (Mon-Thur) and TR program Sat  time 9-12, Mon and Thur 5-8

Thank you for being a member of Spirit Family and looking forward to seeing you this Summer
Have a great Summer of 2017

Spirit Team and Dada

Monday, June 19, 2017

Severe T Storms ahead

Lessons today and activities, cancelled.
Stay dry

Friday, June 16, 2017

Ride for SPIRIT this Saturday!

SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program shared their event.
Published by Davorka Suvak1 min
Tomorrow 10 AMFriends of Frying Pan Farm ParkHerndon
MeganAbbi and 5 friends

Friday, June 9, 2017

Show your SPIRIT

Order your T-shirt or hoodie


Monday, June 5, 2017

Ride4Spirit June 17



JUNE, 17th 2017
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Come and celebrate the achievements of our students!
Meet SPIRIT riders and horses!

Learn how SPIRIT can help children with special needs, seniors, families in crisis, and how horses can improve life skills, teamwork, leadership and management skills

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

SPIRIT invites veterans (individual or with families to meet SPIRIT Herd tomorrow at 5 PM at Frying Pan Farm Park.
Please, park in front of indoor ring and walk to the barn behind it, or meet us at 6 PM at warm up ring right to indoor.
Bring proof of your service and SPIRIT will surprise you with intro Horsemanship for Heroes and special program for toddlers. Register by reaching Spirit at
Looking forward to seeing you!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer plans

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Summer 2017

We have a surprise!

After months of transition, which is still ongoing process, SPIRIT is ready for the first Summer at the Frying Pan Farm Park
First things first - Make up 2 weeks ahead!
Spring Class is over, today May 25th. Next two weeks make up lessons available at the same day and time as your usual lesson was scheduled. Reach us to claim your attendance or if you have any questions.
Therapeutic Riding Classes continue
during June & July
Families and riders did not like an idea to wait until August, so here is the plan :
  • For riders below 12 years, suggestion is that you choose Saturday 10 or 11 AM lessons
  • For riders older than 12, there are Monday and Thursday opportunity to have lessons at 6 and at 7 PM
  • Slots will be filled as you claim your interest
  • Next two weeks until June 12th we have make up time for our Spring Class
  • Summer plans start at the week of June 12 and last until Park Classes in August 7th
  • It is 8 weeks total. To register you should pay for 4 lessons, $88 each (Daily riding pass included ) and pay by PayPal total of $351,00 and instead Donation, make sure that you put Summer TR program for …(name of the kid)
  • You can use your prepaid lessons during the 8 weeks period, and you can purchase more if you need once when you use them all by just adding payments and claiming your spot in SCHEDULE
  • You can use shared doc above and add students name at the day and time you want or reach Office directly with same information.
  • Please let us know if you have any questions.
Summer Camps All About Horses
For Wednesday class riders, a chance to stay with Spirit during the Summer If you want to register - Contact Frying Pan Farm Park at 2709 West Ox Road • Herndon, Virginia 20171 • 703-437-9101 or e-mail to

Women's Empowerment Group with the Horses
Ioana Marcus & Spirit Open Equestrian invite you
Come play, explore, connect, and dream big this summer!
We invite to two women's groups focused on reconnecting with yourself, your body, your power, and your dreams.
Learn from the wisest teachers, Spirit horses.
Group A. Equine assisted therapy and growth
Dates: Sundays June 11, June 25, July 9, & July 23 from 10:00am-11:45am
Facilitator: Dr. Ioana Marcus, LPC, Gestalt Equine Therapist
Guest: Amy Tatsumi, LPC, & Qoya facilitator

Group B: Mounted growth for women
Dates: June 18, July 2, July 16 & July 30 from 10:00am-11:45am
Facilitator: Davorka Suvak, Spirit Equestrian Founder, Therapeutic Riding Instructor & Life Coach

To register click HERE

Equine Assisted Learning students (EAL group)
All existing EAL students and new ones should renew or purchase riding pass in June and attend minimum of 2 and no maximum daily activity sessions at Spirit.
Morning Camp time 9-12, Mon and Thur 5-8,Sat 9-12

Please contact if you have any questions

Thank you for being a member of Spirit Family and looking forward to seeing you this Summer
Have a great Summer of 2017

Spirit Team and Dada