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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.

At High Hopes, therapeutic riding and other equestrian activities benefit the bodies, minds and spirits of people with disabilities.

“I wanted to thank you for giving my daughter the opportunity to participate in your wonderful program at High Hopes. She suddenly became more confident in herself, her teachers have seen 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. The staff and volunteers of High Hopes are so pleasant and patient, the experience has been more than I could have imagined. Thank you for this wonderful gift you have given my daughter.”
– A High Hopes Parent

 

Welcome to High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

We are a premier therapeutic riding center and international instructor training site, accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) since 1979. We have served people with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities for more than a quarter of a century. We offer year round programs in equine assisted activities, including therapeutic ridingcarriage driving and equine learning program. We also offer experiential learning through outreach programs, an integrated summer camp program and a variety of volunteer opportunities.

We offer the PATH Intl. approved instructor training course, attracting students from all over the world as well as continuing professional education for anyone seeking increased education and lifelong learning. Our training is conducted by highly qualified professionals, widely recognized in the field of therapeutic riding. High Hopes is a place where people come to heal, to learn and to make friends that last a lifetime. We strive to provide support and growth opportunities for all of our participants, families and caregivers.

Whom We Serve

The primary disabilities include autism, attention deficit disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, developmental delay, mental retardation, visual and hearing impairments, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and amputation. Many of the children and adults we serve including disadvantaged young people from inner cities have learning or behavioral disabilities.

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  • You change people’s lives in large and small ways that you cannot possibly imagine. I’m living proof of that fact.
    ~ A High Hopes Participant

The people who come to High Hopes represent all ages and backgrounds.

The majority of our participants are between the ages of 3 and 14, some are in their 80’s.

Most participants have varying degrees of cognitive, physical, behavioral, psychological and sensory disabilities. There is no “typical” High Hopes participant, as programs are designed to benefit individuals with a wide variety of disabilities. Our summer camp program provides an opportunity for an inclusive equestrian day-camp experience for children.

We also serve our community through school programs, field trips

and experiential learning opportunities provided on-site through our outreach programs.

Our participants come to us from special-education classes at local schools, as referrals from physicians, social service agencies, group homes, rehabilitation or vocational training centers, and through individual referrals by other participants.

Our goal is to offer our programs to everyone who can benefit from them, regardless of financial means, and to make direct scholarships available to those who need them.