SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program

SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program


, Day 3:

We thank our vendor, SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program, for introducing so many in our community to the love of horses through their therapeutic riding classes and beginner horseback riding classes.
Best professional development day EVER. SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program

Spirit provides therapy, learning and improvement of life skills fostering healing of the body, mind Spirit Equine Assisted Activities - Programs


Therapeutic Riding
2. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
3. Equine Assisted Learning
4. SPIRIT Academy - education and training for service providers


We had a wonderful Ride for SPIRIT event over Labor Day Weekend! We're so proud of all our riders that participated and showed off their skills. We got to know everybody a little bit better, and the community came together to enjoy a friends and family meal to celebrate, too! Shoutout to all people and horses involved in our program, for bringing this important mission to the community. Stay tuned for the next one in 2024!


Today was a good day!

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 08/10/2023

After a few weeks of construction our field has been completely transformed! The remodel included leveling, drainage, and footing material to greatly improve the comfort and care for our herd.

Safe to say the ponies love it! Swipe ➡️ to see the before

This project would not have been possible without the support of our donors and a generous grant from the McLean Community Foundation. Thank you to all who contributed in making this a reality!

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 07/19/2023

Max was one of the finest horses around! We will miss him deeply now that he has crossed the rainbow bridge. He brought smiles to everyone that had the pleasure of meeting or riding him. ❤️🐎 Please share your favorite memories and pictures of Max for everybody to enjoy!


When Denese was younger - she used to ride a horse named Patriot! Now she is bonding and growing riding Glory! Way to go Denese 🐎

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 06/12/2023

Just in time for summer, we are excited to announce that SPIRIT officially has running water at the farm! We owe an enormous thank you to everyone who helped make this project a reality!

For many years our dedicated volunteers have trucked in water to fill our troughs and provide for the horses. We can now provide regular access to fresh, cool, and clean water for drinking & pony bathing!


Check it out! This is Max - he has new sunglasses to protect his eyes and help him see. He's here with James. They go way back! If you're at the farm and you see Max rocking the shades, give him the hang ten🤙 to let him know how cool he is!




Melissa, Erica, Tommy, Nicole, and David had a wonderful demonstration today. Congratulations riders!


Saturday 4/15 Frying Pan Farm Park is hosting a Horse Expo. SPIRIT will have a demonstration at 10:15 to show off some of our therapeutic riding and equine assisted learning students skills! SPIRIT will have a booth all day to share information about our programs. We hope to see you there!


It's windy. Stay home and safe! We will see you next Saturday!

William & Mary student makes her presence known with community service efforts 02/10/2023

Wow! Our spectacular volunteers are doing big things beyond SPIRIT. Congratulations Ashley! We are so proud of you and thankful to have you in the SPIRIT family!

Read the article below to see what Ashley has been up to:

William & Mary student makes her presence known with community service efforts During the recent opening convocation ceremony at William & Mary, Huang, now a junior, was one of two community members to receive the president’s award for service to the community. Assistant professor Janise Parker was also honored.


Teamwork to take Spirit home on a cold and windy day.

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 01/29/2023

Winter break is over and that means that some of our fantastic helpers have to go back to school! Thank you to everyone who returns to SPIRIT break after break, year after year. We love our community!


Sarah leading the trotting group on Luna! Great job!


Thank you to our friends at River Bend Pony Club for organizing and donating items to SPIRIT! Our horses will get to start the new year with clean tack, new grooming supplies and much more!


Smooth serpentines


Suhani and Melissa take a winter ride together!


A wonderful winter cooldown!


Winter rides in the arena featuring Nandana and Max, Tabitha and Spirit, Erica and Huck, Heather and Pumpkin. Everyone doing a drill team pattern in partner formation!


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Pass the rings! A whole team game!


Sunday Spotlight - Avery and Cece! They are working on their relationship, and maintaining precision around this course! Way to go!


Saturday spotlight! Suhani and Spirit! Riding a walk trot course together.


Alison and Huckleberry - two peas in a pod! They had a good time hanging around yesterday sharing some hugs

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 11/01/2022

Boy, did we have fun with Halloween costumes this year! Thanks to everybody that dressed up. Of we didn't snap a pic, comment here to share with you SPIRIT family!

Thank you Maria for some great photos 🕷


Spooky trail rides! Extra special thanks to Erica for bring some super fun glow sticks to light up the night! Our beginner and TR riders had a blast!


Please join SPIRIT in welcoming Hanna Bleznak to the team! Hanna will be joining us to provide occupational therapy services incorporating hippotherapy.

Hanna is an occupational therapist with experience in outpatient pediatrics. Hanna grew up riding horses for fun and competition, and currently has one mare of her own! Over the years, Hanna has volunteered at therapeutic riding centers gaining valuable experience working with participants and horses.

A little more about hippotherapy:
Incorporating hippotherapy into occupational therapy sessions can add in targeting the strength, muscle coordination, sensory processing skills, and cognitive skills necessary for participating in activities of daily living and general attention tasks. The use of hippotherapy as a tool or strategy under the direction of a therapist has been reported to increase motivation and participation in treatment, as well as showing social emotional benefits when combined with other elements of a plan of care. 

Please contact us at [email protected] to learn more and register for sessions!

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The before and after of a job well done!


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We had so much fun with our relay races on Monday!

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 07/26/2022

Lots of cleaning and organizing happening today! Thank you to all the EALs and volunteers that to help! help!


Thank you for the lovely poster Eastern Ridge School!
We loved having everybody at our workshop this year and look forward to partnering up again!


Happy Birthday to Vēsma Montvillo, instructor extraordinaire! Daudz laimes dzimšanas dienā!


Want to get involved with your local Equine Assisted Activities organization (that's us!) but not sure where to start? Have general questions about what we do? Want to come out with a group and help us with volunteer projects? Drop a horsey emoji and post your question in the comments below, we will answer it!

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 07/14/2022

Please join us in wishing our Executive Director Michelle a very happy birthday! 🎂 🎈

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