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.

Good Feelings:

Each year at our annual benefit event we show a video about High Hopes to encourage guests to donate to our scholarship fund.

Donor support to High Hopes subsidizes 73% of actual cost of lessons and approximately 58% of our participants receive scholarship assistance. This year we wanted to show the joy and happiness participants, volunteers and staff experience each day at our beautiful 120 acre facility. 

Watch the video

The Latest

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    High Hopes Summer Camp on Fox CT-TV

    Sarah Carlson, Special Programs Coordinator, appeared recently on Camp Week for Fox CT with Sarah Cody, Fox CT reporter to discuss the High Hopes summer camp program.

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    High Hopes presents Symphony June 14th

    High Hopes presents Symphony on June 14th featuring Orchestra New England and sponsored by Northstar Wealth Partners, LLC along with other leading area businesses.

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    2014 Horse Show Days

    Mark your calendar and plan to join us May 17th to May 23rd for Horse Show Days! More information to come – you won’t want to miss it!

Volunteer News

The News & Events section of this new site has a category dedicated to volunteer news. Be sure to check this page often so you don’t miss any upcoming events or latest sub needs!
Volunteer News >
  • 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