Our Mission

The mission of High Hopes is to improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education.

Because of You

We couldn’t do all we do without the support of volunteers, donors, corporate sponsors and friends.  Donations to High Hopes subsidize 73% of actual cost of lessons and approximately 59% of our participants receive scholarship assistance.  Watch the video to see what High Hopes means to so many because of this support. 

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    Natural Horsemanship Clinic with Tim Hayes

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

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    Volunteer Open Houses

    Come to one of our volunteer open houses and learn how you can make a difference.
    Monday, January 12, 2015 4pm to 6pm
    Saturday, January 24, 2015 1pm to 3pm
    Saturday, February 21, 2015 1pm to 3pm

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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 […]

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    Remembering Dave Triebel

    The High Hopes community is saddened by the sudden passing of Dave Triebel, valued and dedicated High Hopes volunteer since 2002. Dave had logged over 3,000 hours of service and was named High Hopes Volunteer of the Year in 2004. He will be sorely missed and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family on […]

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    LEARN 2 RIDE at High Hopes

    For beginner to experienced riders. Lessons are taught by experience staff at our premier facility on well-trained horses.

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    High Hopes 2015 calendar

    On sale now! Proceeds benefit High Hopes participants and programs.

Volunteer News

Volunteers - Please be sure to check this page often so you don’t miss news or the latest sub needs!
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  • We truly believe therapeutic riding is a way of life. It is not only a lesson once a week but a complete sense of belonging, something that children with special needs may never get a chance to experience. Riding for our sons is not just about the therapy provided to their bodies as they struggle with sense & balance, but also helps them with social & language skills. High Hopes is more than a place you go to watch your child or loved one ride, it is an experience for all who enter the front door. Being a part of High Hopes is one of the greatest things we have ever done for our children, our family & ourselves.
    ~ Jennifer and Peter
    parents to High Hopes riders Matthew (9), Andrew (7) and James (7)
  • What I quickly saw was an improvement in her school work and we all have seen a more positive attitude in everything she attempts. I never thought an hour a week of horseback riding could do so much.
    ~ Proud Parent
  • I love you horse. I don't know what I would do without you.
    ~ Participant
  • I fly high as I ride. Horses enable me to do so much. I love to ride. I love High Hopes.
    ~ Participant
  • In the past few years I have seen my sweet little guy grow by leaps and bounds! I have watched his focus improve, his eye contact get better, and his body get stronger. I know all this is due, in great part, to the amazing healing powers of your horses. They are truly miracle workers.
    ~ Parent
  • I like to go last so I can go fast!
    ~ Participant
  • My students gain so much when sensory skills are involved in their day. Until you have first-hand experience seeing what High Hopes offers to these individuals and the impact it has on their lives, you cannot imagine how important it is to them to participate weekly. With the economy affecting everything in our lives, it is so nice to know that there are people that are still willing to give for others to enjoy and improve their quality of life.
    ~ Teacher
  • Due to the severity of their cognitive and physical disabilities, my students do not have access to the recreational opportunities that other children have, such as LIttle League or music lessons. High Hopes is an incredibly valuable opportunity for them. These students come from families who are not in a position to provide this kind of experience for their children. Given the schools' budgetary constraints, we are fortunate indeed that scholarship money is available.
    ~ Teacher