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Mission Statement

SPIRIT's mission is to provide learning, improvement of life skills, and healing of the body, mind and spirit, using equine assisted activities.


SPIRIT is not about equitation, horse shows, or year end points. It’s about metaphorical learning, using activities with horses - on the ground or in the saddle - to promote awareness and then relate that learning to life beyond the barn. Our goal is to teach communication, trust, responsibility, partnership, and empathy. Within the philosophy of our riding program, the outward expression of these principles is a responsible, considerate equestrian who rides with grace, balance, and sensitivity.

We are a nationally recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an accredited Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Internationl (PATH) center.

Lessons are held at Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171




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Would you recommend Spirit Open Equestrian Program, Inc.?

by Cristabel L. (June 25, 2013)
i think this will be a great opportunity to help out. i would like to volunteer because i would like to try something new. Also i would like to help out my community.
by Andrew H. (January 26, 2013)
to start off this program helps others it also helps me if gives me great joy to be able to help out with this program and i have been coming for 1 and half years and i always want to come back and the other volunteers there are so friendly and loyal to the program!
by Naomi G. (January 26, 2013)
Spirit Open Equestrian is such a great organization to volunteer at, I have learned so much in my time there (three years). I love working with the kids, horses, and all the other volunteers!Everyone at Spirit is so nice, hardworking, and helpful.