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Spirit Open Equestrian Program, Inc.: Equine Assisted Learning Program

First Nonprofit Foundation awarded $25,000 to SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program (SPIRIT OEP), a therapeutic riding center in Great Falls, Virginia, to fund the organization’s Equine Assisted Learning Program. The program provides youth aged 11-18 with opportunities to grow and develop life skills through a variety of farm and equine-assisted activities. Participants work around the farm and with the horses in a safe and caring environment, learning empathy, respect, responsibility, trust, and teamwork.



Mission Statement:

The SPIRIT OEP mission is to provide therapy, learning, improvement of life skills, and healing of the body, mind and spirit using equine-assisted activities.

Organization History

SPIRIT OEP was founded in 2007 by a group of enthusiasts led by Davorka “Dada” Suvak. Supported by volunteers and families of clients, SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program has been taken from a “backyard” program in Great Falls, Virginia, to an ever-growing, nationally recognized organization.


My interaction with Mr. Joe Geiger and First Nonprofit is the most positive experience I ever had in 20 years of serving community at nonprofit organizations. Simple, straight, functional and more than anything a humane and caring relationship which is goal orientated toward real community benefits of grantor and grant seeker.