Strategic Plan 2015-2019

The High Hopes Board of Trustees has approved the Strategic Plan 2015-2019 and we are pleased to make a copy available here.

Click here to read the Plan.

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Thank you Liesl and team!

Our herd received excellent care during the storm.

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Wednesday Afternoon Classes Will Be Held!

Wednesday January 28th morning lessons are cancelled but Wednesday afternoon classes will be held.



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Natural Horsemanship Clinic with Tim Hayes

Join Tim Hayes, nationally recognized Natural Horsemanship Clinician at High Hopes on Sunday, February 15, 2015 to learn how to develop a great relationship and foundation with your horse.            


Clinic topics include:

  • Learning the principals of Natural Horsemanship
  • Natural Saddling Skills
  • How to communicate with horses in their language
  • Transferring natural communication with the horse from the ground to his back
  • Safety: the only technique that needs to be perfect 100%
  • Horseplay/groundwork that establishes love trust and respect
  • The natural principals & methods of GO/WHOA/TURN/BACK
  • Gentleness vs. Firmness -Which one, how much and when?
  • Natural Riding Skills: Focus, Feel, Timing and Balance
  • How to execute an emergency stop

Suitable for both ENGLISH & WESTERN

Maximum of 10 participants

$175 per participant – $50 auditing fee per person


For more information, contact:

Liz Adams, Program Director

at (860) 434-1974 ext. 116 or


To learn more about Tim Hayes visit:

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Volunteer Open Houses

Make a New Year’s resolution that’s worth keeping.  Volunteer at High Hopes in Old Lyme assisting children and adults with special needs in their therapeutic riding programs. Volunteers assist with all aspects of the program including: preparing horses for riding classes, leading horses in classes, walking along with riders (sidewalking),  or assisting with the daily care and feeding of horses.   No experience with horses?  That’s fine, training is provided!!!  Come to one of our upcoming volunteer open houses to learn more or call Carrina at High Hopes in Old Lyme at 434-1974, ext. 121. Open houses will be held on Monday, January 12 from 4pm to 6pm, Saturday, January 24 from 1pm to 3pm, and Saturday, February 21 from 1pm to 3pm.  No RSVP required.



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Registration Now Open for the 2015 Volunteer Enrichment Conference

Registration Now Open! 
Click here to register.

Monday, February 16th 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The 2015 Volunteer Enrichment Conference is a one-day program offering sessions on a variety of topics related to the High Hopes’ volunteer experience. For a small registration fee of $10 you will be able to attend four unique sessions, and lunch is included. Guests are also welcome to register, so invite your friends to join you for a fun day of learning at our beautiful facility.

Here’s a sample of the sessions that will be offered.  For a full list of offerings, click here.

Natural Horsemanship with Tim Hayes

Optimizing our Riders’ Lives: Communication and Engagement for Riders with Sensory Needs with Occupational Therapy Team from L&M Hospital

Equi-Yoga with Marty Whittle of Top Cat Farm

Warriors in Transition with Jane Strong

High Hopes Through the Years:  An oral and visual history of High Hopes

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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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High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
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High Hopes 2015 calendar

This 13-month calendar contains full color photographs of some of our hardworking herd.  Calendars can be purchased in the High Hopes lobby and at selected locations in the area for $10 or ordered here online for $15 which includes shipping and handling.  Proceeds benefit High Hopes programs and participants.

2015 Calendar Order Form

Complete this form to order yours today!
  • Price: $15.00 Quantity:
    $10 per calendar plus shipping and handling.
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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.


Learn more


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