Professional Enrichment

Training & Education

High Hopes is committed to opportunity, education and excellence offering a variety of workshops, certifications and On Demand offerings through High Hopes and PATH Int’l.

Therapy Horse Lecture . . . . . . . Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Equine selection and training are central to the success of our therapeutic horsemanship programs. Join our staff in a conversation about finding the right equine for your program’s needs, training them for their unique roles and maintaining their well-being to ensure longevity in your herd.

Registration by March 28, 2017  

Space still available!


2017 Therapy Horse Lecture Information & Registration

Beyond ESMHL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 7(6-8p) April 8-9 (8a-4p), 2017

This workshop is designed for EAAT professionals seeking an interactive, hands-on, educational, networking experience. It will enhance their understanding of the benefits of Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and present more tools for future lessons or sessions.

Space still available!

"Beyond ESMHL" Workshop Information & Registration

Volunteer Management Workshop Rescheduled to May 4-5, 2017

An interactive two-day workshop designed to help you develop strategies and techniques for managing volunteer resources.  Topics to include: Recruitment, training and retention, fostering volunteer relationships, managing volunteers for maximum effectiveness & volunteer program evaluation, data tracking !

Registration deadline:   April 24, 2017


2017 Volunteer Management Workshop Information & Registration

Mentor Training Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . May 19-20, 2017

The purpose of this PATH Intl. workshop is to increase the professionalism and knowledge within the industry. This interactive training provides PATH Intl. Certified Instructors with an overview of the role of a mentor within the EAAT industry and the necessary skills and tools to apply this knowledge to mentor other instructor candidates.

Registration deadline:  April 12, 2017

2017 Mentor Training Workshop Information & Registration

Equine Specialist Mental Health and Learning Workshop & Practical Horsemanship Skills Test . . . . November 17-20, 2017

This is a three-day workshop offered to equine professionals and therapeutic riding instructors who work or would like to work with students with mental health and/or learning issues.
Workshop – November 17-20, 2017                                                                                                                                                    Registration  Deadline: October 13, 2017 
The workshop is a requirement of the ESMHL certification.  It is beneficial to have horsemanship skills and experience when attending this workshop but it is not required.
Horsemanship Skills Test – November 20,  2017

The skills test is held on day 4 following the ESMHL workshop.


21 years or older

Current PATH Int’l Individual Member

Equestrian skills on the flat in English or Western tack comparable to those described in Pony Club  or CHA Level l.

Familiarity with PATH Int’l standards and Code of Ethics, and/or PATH intl. Certified Therapeutic Instructor

ESMHL Workshop and Skills Test Information and Registration

The Equus Effect "Vetted Program" January 7-10, 2018

The Equus Effect Organization will conduct training for centers at High Hopes in January 2018 to help facilities serve our military heros.  For additional information, please contact Jane Strong at (203) 803-9507 or log on to .


2017-2018 Professional Enrichment Workshops

2018 Professional Enrichment Workshops Planned                                 Dates to be announced

ESMHL–   Spring & Fall 2018

Winter Lecture Series–  Winter 2018

Advanced Prep–  February 2018

Business Administration and Development for Non Profits–  February 2018

Sensory Integration–  February 2018

Volunteer Management for Non-Profit Organizations–  March 2018

Beyond ESMHL–  February 2018

The Therapy Horse–  March 2018



On-Site Workshop and Certification–   June 2018