Our Mission

The mission of High Hopes is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding, equine assisted activities and therapies, and training and education while being a proactive leader, mentor and advocate for our profession.

High Hopes Donors Impact Lives

High Hopes riders could not participate at all without donations to the scholarship fund. Most of these people already face financial and other burdens because of the disability/existing financial burden of families with disabilities. Donor support enables High Hopes to accept all who can benefit from our services regardless of financial circumstances.

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The Latest

  • Chili Open House . . . All Are Welcomed!

    Bring a Buddy and Meet Our Buddy at our Chili Open House!   High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme is hosting an informative and delicious Chili Open House on Saturday, March 25th from 11 AM to 1 PM. The event will give the community the opportunity to learn about one of the top therapeutic […]

  • Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

    Each summer High Hopes is pleased to offer four unique sessions of an inclusive summer camp.  The sessions are designed to meet the needs of our campers’ ages and riding skill levels.  Throughout our four-day camp sessions, participants experience grooming, tack, daily riding lessons, trail rides, gymnastics on horseback, carriage driving, arts and crafts and […]

  • Spring Ahead! Community Riding Lessons Offered

    Learn2Ride Community Riding Lessons Spring Session Lessons begin week of February 25th and run for six or twelve consecutive weeks. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is offering riding lessons for community members who want to learn how to ride, brush up on old skills or try a new activity.  High Hopes instructors specialize in individualizing riding […]

  • “VetTogether” Family Day at High Hopes 3/26/17

    Join the Equus Effect, High Hopes, IAVA, and Team RWB Groton for a “VetTogether” Family Day Open House.  We will present an introduction to the Equus Effect program, interact with the horses, and spend time with fellow Connecticut veterans and families.  This is an introduction to working with horses for veterans, families and supporters.  We’ll […]

  • Read all about it! The High Hopes Rider is out!

    Read all about it! The High Hopes Rider is out!
    The Fall 2016 Rider Newsletter is hot off the press. Inside this edition, read all about it—Touching Veteran’s Lives . . . The Equus Effect Program; High Hopes successful partnership with Camp Harkness and a very special highlight of High Hopes’ young participant, Matthew Scotella, who was just awarded the PATH Int’l 2016 Youth Equestrian of the Year! Sit back, relax and enjoy the fall issue of RIDER! Happy Fall 2016!

  • Meet Griffin

    Griffin, age 5, began riding at High Hopes in the summer of 2014 as a participant in our Immersion Camp program run in conjunction with L&M Hospital.

  • High Hopes Offers Riding Lessons to the Public

    Learn2Ride Community Riding Lessons Winter Session ! Lessons begin week of November 28th and run for six consecutive weeks. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is offering riding lessons for community members who want to learn how to ride, brush up on old skills or try a new activity.  High Hopes instructors specialize in individualizing riding instruction […]

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Volunteer News

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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