Friday, December 11, 2020

End of the Year Message from SPIRIT Team

 Dear Families and Friends of SPIRIT                    ,

SPIRIT has always needed you and our gratitude for your contributions knows no bounds.  As we look forward to the New Year, we plan to carry on with enthusiasm and purpose.   We are also so very much appreciative of your gracious hospitality and hands-on volunteerism through dedication to SPIRIT's programs. 

SPIRIT and its programs benefit all who are touched by our efforts.  We want that to continue.  Please help us with your donation again if you are able and we look forward to seeing you next year as we continue our dedication to the mission and vision of SPIRIT. 

Best wishes for the holiday season.

Thank you from the SPIRIT Team



Saturday, October 24, 2020

Thank you SPIRIT community

 Hello friends

Hope you are doing well :)
I am writing this to let you know that as a part of transition process, as from today, this email will be under Michelle, new prospective ED of SPIRIT.
Same for the phone. If you call
you will reach Michelle :)

I am reachable on Messenger, and other online connections
My email is 
and my Google Fi (no charge for international calls) # is

Thank you for all we have been done together and will keep doing in time to come


Wednesday, October 7, 2020



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Friday, September 25, 2020

No TR lessons this Saturday

 Saturday, 9/26

Therapeutic riding lessons canceled
EAL students and volunteers welcome to do some farm work 🙂
Thank you

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Back in saddle for Fall Classes

 SPIRIT Programs heal and teach life skills in riding lessons. Fall Class Registration is open now!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Infinity passed away

Dear friends, 

it is sad time for SPIRIT as we lost an old but wise and noble mare Infinity today. 
This morning she came into the stall but refused to eat. 
Short breath indicated that her heart is giving up. 
She was pain free until the end, laid and passed away peacefully..

Friday, August 14, 2020

Fall Class 8 weeks October/November are open now

 Registration for 8 weeks Fall Classes is open!

To register use THIS link or call 


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August Classes almost full!

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Happy dance :)

Anne and Michelle, our new instructors are the best!

SPIRIT Team is stronger than ever and ready to serve!

With a lot of desinficiens, and new policies, masks and face shields, Since early August, SPIRIT is providing safe and beneficial services at the Frying Pan Farm Park again!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

COVID does not stop SPIRIT

Back to saddle and serving community
See how SPIRIT works :}

To register, call 703-222-4664 or go to this link and then select Frying Pan Park in the location field.
Have a safe and happy summer,

Friday, May 15, 2020


At SPIRIT, the health and well-being of our participants, volunteers, and community is our top priority. During this time of uneasiness as COVID-19 impacts our daily lives, we want to assure you that we remain committed to providing the high-quality and compassionate care you have come to expect from us. 
SPIRIT has created a detailed, comprehensive plan that is staged in three phases with each phase reducing restrictions. SPIRIT will enter each phase of the plan only after Northern Virginia as a region enters its own corresponding reopening phases and as SPIRIT is prepared. 
At this time SPIRIT DOES NOT have a reopening date.
The plan covers the new policies and procedures that staff, volunteers and clients will follow regarding limiting the number of people on property, social distancing, reducing touch points, facemask requirements, cleaning and sanitizing schedules and more. The plan was compiled taking into account CDC recommendation, state restrictions and equestrian activity specific precautions and safety procedures. The plan will be reviewed by legal and medical professionals to be sure SPIRIT has taken all perspectives into consideration. 
SPIRIT also knows that information and recommendations for COVID-19 are ever-changing and is prepared to keep up to date on new, relevant information from reliable resources to be able to change and update the plan as needed.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Life goes on. Online for now

Dear friends and families
It is a month after our operations closed.
We all miss our life as it was before mid March
But it is not the end of the world. Life goes on, just moved on line :)
We arranged so far two Zoom meetings

Wednesday , 5 PM
Free, for the whole community, meeting horses and chat about how we are dealing with situation, about horses and plans for the time to come

Thursday, 5 PM
Small fee, on line education about Equine Assisted Activities, SPIRIT Programs and more.

If you want to invest and learn more, explore this program, HERE. I like them a lot and know whole team since they started with EAL and education programs.

SPIRIT is alive and will be ready to serve you and your families as soon as possible. Thank you for your support

Be well and safe.
And stay in touch

Dada and Spirit Team

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Well-being, safety, and community are part of
our guiding values at SPIRIT So in order to best
protect the well-being of our clients, volunteers,
and staff, services are suspended until 
further notice.
This situation is unprecedented and ever-evolving
 so we will continue to monitor things closely and
adapt as needed. We truly appreciate your
cooperation and patience during this time and look
forward to seeing you back at the farm soon!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Corona time at SPIRIT

Hello, families and friends
Hope you and your loved ones are doing well
Thank you for staying in touch with us and keeping SPIRIT in your heart.
As you know,

affected our operations and closed all services

But SPIRIT is alive and wait for opportunity to continue doing good in community.
We may need some help to pay bills while waiting to open our servicies again.

If you can, support SPIRIT Mission. 

Thank you!

Spirit Team

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Stand by SPIRIT and make sure that it is ready to continue it's Mission

SPIRIT , like most of the world, shut down operations.
Help us to stay alive and be ready to continue our services when it is over.

It is quiet at the barn and it is sad. It is sad not to be able to serve at this
moment. It is sad that SPIRIT can not offer comfort, and healing energy
through interaction with horses.
It is sad, but it will pass.
The community and the whole world will need what SPIRIT and horses can
give, to heal with they powerful support those who are week, to teach life skills
youth and get them ready for life, to release peoples mind and souls from
darkness of stress, anxiety and depression which sometimes life gives to us,
in Therapeutic Riding, Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted
Our team of staff and dedicated volunteers takes care of SPIRIT Herd.
We cut off all but mandatory expenses in order for SPIRIT to survive.
But some expenses are still here and will pile up with any another week
while the world is in isolation and our operations are closed.
Do not let Corona stop SPIRIT.
SPIRIT served community for many years and will continue as soon as
it will become possible
If you believe in our Mission and if you have experience of improving
the quality of life, healing and life skills horses can bring into the life of a
child or anyone, make sure that SPIRIT will be ready to continue to be an
important source of good things for families in our area.
Be well
Thank you!


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Park (and SPIRIT) closed for next two weeks

Good evening, everyone,

We will continue to monitor federal, state, and local channels for updates.  Hopefully, we can resume soon - but we probably won't know until we get closer.

Thank you all for your support to SPIRIT and our community during a particularly challenging time - but we'll get through this!

If you want support SPIRIT Mission you can do it HERE

Friday, March 13, 2020

Corona-Virus Notice

Corona-Virus Notice

Our first concern is ALWAYS the well-being of our students,
team members and families!
Please know that we’re still having classes and taking the
precautions we can.
We ask you to do the same.
Please do not come to classes if you or your child has
any symptoms.
If anything changes with the policies at Frying Pan Park,
we will notify all participants.

For more information, please refer to the
World Health Organization information page
Equine Breathing product - Equine Breather

Be well and safe
Thank you!

Monday, February 10, 2020

SPIRIT Academy offers training and internal certification for Therapeutic Riding Instructors

Prerequisite Skills: Strong basic riding and horsemanship skills as outlined in PATH Intl. CTRI Criteria Booklet. Prior teaching experience, experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or volunteering in a therapeutic riding program are strongly preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as a strong desire to learn and to be a positive team member.

Contact if you want to get involved. 

Program & Administrative Internships at SPIRIT

Program & Administrative Internships
SPIRIT offers internship opportunities to high school seniors and adults of all ages. Internships may be completed to meet college requirements or to explore and expand professional experience. Internships can be specifically geared towards the Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT) industry or equine management, or can be more generally focused on non-profit administration, development or outreach. Terms of each individual internship are tailored to specifically match the academic requirements and/or professional goals of the intern.
We accept internship applications on a rolling basis throughout the year and internships can begin at any time.
All internships are unpaid.
Hiring right person after fully trained is an option. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Welcome Luna!

Welcoming new SPIRIT Herd member, wonderful 9 years old LUNA
See more about her
Thank you Whitney Presutti for choosing SPIRIT as home to LUNA
She will have a good life with SPIRIT Team and children we serve

Friday, January 17, 2020

Volunteers needed

We need some helping hands around horses and kids during program hours 5-8 or 6-8, Mon to Thur.
Come and join us :)
Reach us by email to find out more
Thank you
Spirit Team


Happy New Year to all

Never too late for good wishes :)
Winter class started Monday 1/13 and will last 8 weeks +2 weeks make up!