#GivingTuesday is December 1, 2015

High Hopes is participating in this global day dedicated to giving.

We encourage you to use #GivingTuesday as an opportunity to help improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic riding – right here in our community.

No matter the size of your gift, your generosity will help us reach even more individuals and have a greater impact on the lives of men, women and children, right here in Connecticut.

Join the worldwide #GivingTuesday movement and click here to make a difference in your community!

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Save the date! The 5th Annual Holiday Market will be Sunday, November 15th, 2015

The holidays and the High Hopes Holiday Market are just around the corner! Join us on Sunday, November 15th as we transform our arena into a holiday marketplace. More than 60 exhibitors will offer merchandise from Connecticut’s popular craft, jewelry, gourmet food vendors and more, perfect for starting off your holiday shopping.

Hungry? Stroll outside and visit the “hottest” area food trucks!   Keep the family entertained with games, arts and crafts, face painting and hayrides.

And don’t forget to try your luck with great raffle prizes and door prizes. We are excited to be raffling off a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium, along with three other great prizes: an Apple Watch Sport, a New York City Theatre Getaway for two, and a pair of Justin cowboy boots from Southern Exposure.

Admission to the Holiday Market and all these activities is free with a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens.

For more information and to see a list of vendors, click here.

If you can volunteer at this fun event please contact Ashley Sands at asands@highhopestr.org or 860-434-1974, ext. 121.

For more information about the event contact Trudy Burgess at tburgess@highhopestr.org or call 860-434-1974, ext. 123.

All proceeds from this event benefit the programs and participants of High Hopes.

Event Sponsor: Reynolds Subaru

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Thank you High Hopes Volunteers!

Volunteers are the key to the good work High Hopes does bringing Therapeutic Horsemanship to those who need it the most.  We’d like to take a moment to show our appreciation for your service.  Your spirit and energy makes High Hopes a special place for one and all.  Click on the video below for a message just for you, our volunteers!

Congratulations to our 2015 Volunteer Award recipients!  They will be formally acknowledged at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 18th from 1p.m.-2p.m.  All volunteers are welcome to join us on Sunday for the meeting and for our Open Barn Day from 11a.m.-1p.m..


               Nancy Cash Program Volunteer of the Year:  Neil Mann

            With nearly 700 hours in the past seven years, Neil upholds the High Hopes values by consistently being welcoming and supportive of riders, volunteers, staff, and all those whom he encounters. In addition to regularly volunteering two days a week, he often substitutes in the riding program and regularly volunteers for special events. He’s the go-to guy for the Holiday Market raffle, putting his winning personality (and cowboy hat) to work selling tickets and promoting High Hopes to hundreds of guests.


                                 Office Volunteer of the Year:  Carol Colangeli

               Carol is long standing, dedicated volunteer who is a leader among the office volunteers. She is always willing to sub, often trains new volunteers and takes initiative with reception duties. Her personal experience with a grandchild who has special needs makes her very understanding of families coming to High Hopes. She relates to and advocates for participants and volunteers, helping to connect them to the staff or information they need. Carol communicates well, checking in on Mondays to share Saturday updates. Carol’s loyalty and welcoming personality make her a vital part of High Hopes.


Congratulations to volunteers who have reached 1,000 hours of service!

Sky Todd

Deb Welles

Daryl Hornby

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Volunteer Cancellation Form now available on website

Volunteers can now use our website to cancel for their assigned volunteer time and sign up for a substitute position.

Please only use the website to cancel a minimum of 48 hours in advance, so that the staff has time to fill your position.  If you must cancel within 48 hours of your scheduled time, we ask that you call us at (860) 434-1974 for immediate assistance.

If you do need to cancel, please consider taking a substitute position on another day.  This will ensure that all High Hopes participants are able to enjoy our activities safely and effectively.  Current sub needs can be found at Current Volunteers.

Use this link, or visit the Volunteer section of our website, for volunteer cancellations.

Volunteer Cancellation Form

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Wow! Wouldn’t you look great behind the wheel of a 2015 Subaru Crosstrek Premium?

A 2015 Subaru Crosstrek Premium could be yours, or one of three other great raffle prizes – a NYC Overnight at the Penn Club with Broadway tickets and dinner at The Capital Grille, an Apple Watch Sport and a pair of Justin Sorrel ladies cowboy books from Southern Exposure. Raffle tickets are $50, only 1,500 will be sold and you have until the Holiday Market on Nov. 15th to purchase yours. You don’t have to be present to win. All proceeds benefit the programs and participants of High Hopes. How many tickets would you like? Tickets are available at High Hopes. Look for us too at various events around the community over the next month.

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High Hopes Open Barn Day and Annual Meeting October 18, 2015

High Hopes Open House Sunday, October 18, 2015  11am to 1pm

Tour our beautiful 120 acre facility, meet the friendly professional staff and herd of 27 specially trained horses, and learn more about High Hopes and how we serve our community.

If you are already an involved member of the High Hopes community, gather your friends and family and come share the magic of High Hopes with them. Light refreshments will be provided, and there is no need to R.S.V.P. so come and kick up your heels with the staff and horses of High Hopes!

We hope to see you!

41st Annual Meeting, Demonstration & Award Ceremony, Sunday, October 18, 2015 1pm to 3pm

At 1pm, following the Open House, volunteers, former and current board members, riders, family and friends are invited to gather in the arena at High Hopes for the 41th Annual Meeting, Awards Celebration and Demonstration.


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How to Be Your Volunteers’ Best Resource

Read all about it in the Summer 2015 issue of PATH Intl’s STRIDES magazine or click on the link below:

How to Be Your Volunteers’ Best Resource STRIDES Summer 2015

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Congratulations, Lauren Fitzgerald!

Please join us in congratulating Lauren Fitzgerald, High Hopes Lesson Manager and Instructor, on being selected to receive the 2015 PATH Intl. Sis Gould Driving Recognition Award. Named after longtime PATH Intl. driving advocate and High Hopes founder Sis Gould, this award recognizes PATH Intl. members who exemplify outstanding dedication to the promotion of carriage driving for individuals with disabilities.

Sis saw carriage driving as way to help participants who could not sit on a horse’s back. She helped design a wheelchair-accessible driving cart for High Hopes and was instrumental in establishing standards for driving in therapeutic riding programs.

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When you shop on Amazon.com be sure to use our Amazon Smile link and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to High Hopes!

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The High Hopes Rider – Summer 2015 Issue



Click here

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