Special Programs Coordinator Position

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Old Lyme, CT seeks an individual with strong communication and organizational skills to support special program services to include mounted and unmounted instruction, curriculum development, summer camp, training and education and other unique offerings related to equine assisted activities and therapies. PATH International riding instructor certification required ideally at the advanced level. Additional desired qualifications include a background in education, comfort with technology and a working knowledge of PATH International Education and Certification Programs

This full time position provides benefits including health, life insurance, a retirement plan and generous professional development opportunities. For a PATH International Professional, this is an excellent opportunity to work with a dedicated team committed to providing a much needed service. For additional information or to submit a resume please contact Liz Adams at ladams@highhopestr.org, 860-434-1974 ext. 116.

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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 Steve Mazeau, High Hopes Volunteer

The Equus Foundation has announced that Steve Mazeau achieved Champion status in 2015 for his volunteer service at High Hopes.

Steve is one of five equine service volunteers who received Ariat boots in appreciation of their volunteer service on behalf of horses. Ariat International, Equus sponsor, conducts a drawing each quarter where the five (5) Champions drawn each receive a $250 Gift Certificate for Ariat Boots.

You can read about Steve and why he volunteers by clicking here.

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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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2015 Lyme Horse Trials will be Sunday, August 23rd.

This year’s Lyme Horse Trials will be held on Sunday, August 23rd at Lord Creek Farm in Lyme, CT.  The goal of the Lyme Horse Trials since its start in 2000 has been to provide a safe, supportive Eventing competition. The event is run in accordance with current USEA Eventing rules, with the hope that if riders choose to move on to recognized competitions they feel as though they have had sufficient exposure to safety protocol, eventing standards, and overall good horsemanship.

Registration is now open.  For an application and more information visit the event website http://lymehorsetrials.com

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit High Hopes.

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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 cbernard@highhopest.org or 860-434-1974, ext. 118.

Read the article

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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 cbernard@highhopestr.org, or 860-434-1974, ext. 118.

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Volunteer this Summer

There are lots of ways to get involved this summer!

Summer Camp Horse leaders and sidewalkers needed.  This is a great volunteer opportunity for teens! August 3-6 and August 10-13,  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 asands@highhopestr.org or (860) 434-1974, ext. 121 to learn more and sign up.

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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 cbernard@highhopestr.org, (860) 434-1974 ext. 118 to learn more.

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