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Herndon: SPIRIT Equestrian Program Gets a Christmas Miracle - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Dec 08,2016
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Nicole Springer rides a horse named Max at the SPIRIT Equestrian Program.

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By Fallon Forbush

HERNDON - As a certified therapeutic riding instructor, Davorka “Dada” Suvak has given lessons to at-risk children, senior citizens and people with disabilities in Fairfax County for almost 10 years. But when she was told that her small nonprofit had to vacate its rented property, she panicked.

“We received the notice to vacate the property exactly one week before Thanksgiving and they wanted us moved out by Dec. 31,” she says. “We really need a Christmas miracle to go through this transition and survive it.”

The SPIRIT Equestrian Program in Herndon has rented a farmhouse on West Ox Road next to the Frying Pan Farm Park for the past three years.

It was a month-to-month lease and Dada knew from the beginning that the owner was looking to sell.

“There was no space to fight or blame anybody,” she says.

Slowly, the organization, which has 14 horses, raised money so that it would be prepared. The “Home for SPIRIT” campaign on Indiegogo, an online fundraising website, has raised more than $17,000.

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