Camp Harkness article and video in The Day, Sunday, July 5, 2015

Camp Harkness is one of the state’s few facilities to provide a residential camp for adults and children with disabilities.  During Summer, 2015 High Hopes will provide riding, carriage driving and ELP to all four organizations using the camp: Oak Hill, United Cerebral Palsy, ARC of New London and Southbury Training School. Beginning Monday, June 22 and continuing through Friday, August 14, these groups participate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10-12pm.

In addition, we offer riding, carriage driving and unmounted equine services to the following organizational groups:  Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center – North Campus, Region School District 4, Gilead Community Services, New London schools, and Cove Center for Grieving Children.  Other services this summer will include private lessons and field trips.

To learn more contact Courtney Bernard at or 860-434-1974, ext. 118.

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Summer Camp Registration is Still Open

Contact Sarah Carlson at 860-434-1974, ext. 115 to learn more and to register, or visit


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Learn to Ride Registration Is Open

During program breaks throughout the year, High Hopes offers riding and carriage driving lessons to the public.

Upcoming Lesson Dates:

 6  Lesson Series

Teen/Adult Semi Private at Camp Harkness, Waterford
Wednesdays 1-1:45 and 2-2:45 from June 24th-August 5th

Individual Lessons:
Check back for August dates!

To inquire about our  lessons please  contact Courtney Bernard at, or 860-434-1974, ext. 118.

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Volunteer this Summer

There are lots of ways to get involved this summer!

Summer Program Horse leaders, sidewalkers and barn assistants needed; June 22nd to July 31st, Mon-Thurs afternoons & Fridays

Summer Camp Horse leaders and sidewalkers needed.  This is a great volunteer opportunity for teens! June 22nd to July 24th,  Mon-Thur 8:30-1:00

Camp Harkness Horse leaders needed; flexible schedule;  June 22nd to August 14th

Or… Beat the heat by volunteering as a receptionist this summer!  (Computer and phone skills recommended.)

Do you know someone who might like to volunteer this summer?  There are several volunteer training sessions in June so contact us today!

Contact Ashley at or (860) 434-1974, ext. 121 to learn more and sign up.

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High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
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LEARN 2 RIDE at High Hopes

Individual lessons will be conducted on December 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16.  Group ( 1 hour) or Private (1/2 hour) for $60 per lesson.  Lesson Series are also available during the year.  Contact Courtney Bernard at, (860) 434-1974 ext. 118 to learn more.

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Equine Specialist Workshop


May 8-11, 2014

A three-day workshop offered to equine professionals and therapeutic riding in-structors who work or would like to work with students with mental health and/or learning issues.


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Nutrena Club Support Program

High Hopes is participating in the Nutrena Club Support Program and we welcome your help! Nutrena will make a donation to High Hopes for each proof of purchase. Buy Nutrena products, save the proofs of purchase and put them in a safe place. When you get a pile together, bring or mail them to Holly Sundmacker, Equine Operations Director, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, 36 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

If you don’t buy Nutrena horse feeds, but know someone that does, please tell them about our program and ask them to participate!

Qualifying proofs of purchase for the Nutrena Club Support Program:

  • All Nutrena Feeds labeled grain products and Pro-Premium, River Run and Nutrena Pet Foods are eligible for redemption. Birdseed does not qualify.
  • The only acceptable proofs of purchase for grain products are the sewn-on tags that include the product description. See the photo above for the location of the tag.
  • The only acceptable proofs of purchase from the pet foods are the UPC labels from the bags.

Eligible Nutrena® Products

  • Life Design®, Vitality®, Legacy®
  • Safe Choice®, LiteBalance®, XTN™
  • Empower™
  • Triumph® Horse Feeds
  • Horse Kwik®, NW Stretch Hay
  • Extender®
  • Naturewise™ Farmstore Feeds
  • Cargill™ Milk Plus
  • Dairyway™ / Dairy Focus Feeds
  • All Other Nutrena® Grain Products
  • Loyall ™ Pet Food 20
  • River Run® Dog Food
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