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Annual Appeal


Our annual appeal provides 26% of our operating budget each year.  Your contribution will support our riding program and ensure the ongoing sustainability of our operations, including care of our horses and scholarship support to financially disadvantaged participants.

Inside This Year’s Annual Appeal

Emma's Journey

Riding at High Hopes over the years has helped Emma overcome the devastating physical effects of a brain tumor.  to read about Emma, featured in this year’s Annual Appeal mailing, click below and then please consider making a donation to help sustain our programs.

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A letter from Emma's Father

“My Daughter is just one of the over 1700 individuals High Hopes serves annually and who need your help. Because of our involvement with High Hopes we are aware that tuition covers only 24% of the program’s actual costs and the balance is covered by contributed income. The ability of High Hopes to keep its fees affordable and to provide critical program support is dependent on the contributions made to its Annual Appeal Fund.

I have seen the enormous impact High Hopes has had on Emma. I have watched her grow into a young woman undaunted by the challenges life has thrown her and

willing to accept risk in order to realize her goals.

It is for this reason I am asking you to join me today in making a gift to High Hopes Annual Appeal Fund. I hope that you will consider supporting this crucial annual appeal as your contribution will be greatly appreciated, and will touch many lives like Emma’s. Thank you in advance for all that you do to support High Hopes and its riders!”

- Michael Fanelli, High Hopes Parent.

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To learn more about annual giving, please contact: Sara Qua, Director of Development (860) 434-1974, Ext. 122 or

Our annual appeal provides 26% of our operating budget each year.


Contributors to our annual appeal are acknowledged in our Annual Report and receive a copy of our  newsletter, The High Hopes Rider, along with invitations to our special events, annual horse show, annual meeting and award ceremony and our summer benefit event.