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

Half of all 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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    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. Griffin has a progressive and terminal condition known as MPS type III A, a rare disease that prevents his body from breaking down toxins, allowing them to build […]

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    High Hopes Hosts Annual Chili Open House March 5

    High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is hosting an informative and delicious Chili Open House on Saturday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to members of the community to give them an opportunity to learn about one of the top therapeutic riding centers in the nation, while enjoying chili with all […]

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    Vote for High Hopes in Essex Savings Bank’s Community Investment Program

    Attention Essex Savings Bank customers! Help High Hopes during the month of February when you visit your local Essex Savings Bank branch. How? Just cast a vote for High Hopes in the bank’s Community Investment Program! It’s that easy! Each vote for High Hopes increases the funds we receive from the program. Help High Hopes […]

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    Want to learn to ride? Community lessons begin soon!

    High Hopes 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 in a safe and supportive environment. With a wide variety of breeds, riders are matched with the right member of the […]

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    Volunteer Continuing Education Workshops January 8

    High Hopes  is offering a variety of Volunteer Continuing Workshops on Friday, January 8th, with morning, mid-day and afternoon sessions. Topics include sidewalking, leading, long-lining and grooming. There’s even a Town Hall brown bag lunch where volunteers can share their experiences with staff and other volunteers. Sessions are open to all current volunteers. Click here […]

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    Registration now open for Susan E. Harris Clinic

    High Hopes  is offering a two-day clinic with International Centered Riding Clinician and Equestrian Educator Susan E. Harris on Saturday, February 20, and Sunday February 21, 2016. Both clinics take place at High Hopes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday’s clinic is titled Anatomy in Motion, and focuses on the biomechanics of horse and […]

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    #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 […]

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

    Over 60 exhibitors, amazing raffle, food trucks, hayrides, kids activities. Get the holiday shopping season started!

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    Thank you High Hopes Volunteers!

    We’d like to take a moment to show our appreciation for your service.

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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, […]

Volunteer News

Volunteers - Please be sure to check this page often so you don’t miss news or the latest sub needs! Currently we have openings for volunteers for fall program.
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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