Save the Date for the 2015 Volunteer Enrichment Conference

Monday, February 16th  9 AM – 4 PM

The 2015 Volunteer Enrichment Conference is a one-day conference offering sessions on a variety of topics related to the High Hopes’ volunteer experience. A small registration fee includes your choice of 4 educational sessions, and lunch is included. Guests are also welcome to register, so invite your friends to join you for a fun day of learning at our beautiful facility.

Here’s a sample of the sessions that will be offered. This list will be updated as presenters are confirmed on the Current Volunteers page.

Leadership for Volunteers with Linda Ferraro

Natural Horsemanship with Tim Hayes

Riders with Autism & other Sensory Disorders with Occupational Therapy Team from L&M Hospital

Equi-Yoga with Marty Whittle of Top Cat Farm

High Hopes Through the Years:  An oral and visual history of High Hopes

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Remembering Dave Triebel

The High Hopes community is saddened by the sudden passing of Dave Triebel, valued and dedicated High Hopes volunteer since 2002. Dave had logged over 3,000 hours of service and was named High Hopes Volunteer of the Year in 2004. He will be sorely missed and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family on their loss.

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Make wishes come true!

Help make our holiday season merry and bright. Give a gift of an item on our holiday wish list at, or pick an ornament off the holiday tree in our lobby. ‘Tis the season!

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LEARN 2 RIDE at High Hopes

Individual lessons will be conducted on December 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16.  Group ( 1 hour) or Private (1/2 hour) for $60 per lesson.  Lesson Series are also available during the year.  Contact Courtney Bernard at, (860) 434-1974 ext. 118 to learn more.

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Shop this holiday season!

This holiday season shop for gifts through our Amazon Smile link and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to High Hopes!

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
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High Hopes 2015 calendar – great holiday gift!

This 13-month calendar contains full color photographs of some of our hardworking herd.  Calendars can be purchased in the High Hopes lobby and at selected locations in the area for $10 or ordered here online for $15 which includes shipping and handling.  Proceeds benefit High Hopes programs and participants.

2015 Calendar Order Form

Complete this form to order yours today!
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High Hopes Holiday Market

2,000 people attended the High Hopes Holiday Market yesterday!  Thank you volunteers, sponsors, vendors, staff and attendees for making this a great day.  And oh yes, donations to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens totaled over 2,400 pounds in time for the holidays.

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High Hopes Film Festival

The High Hopes Winter Film Festival will present three films this winter.  The first, Riding My Way Back, will be shown at the Holiday Market on November 16th.  The Festival will also include a showing of Musical Chairs, a full-length feature film directed by Susan Seidleman,  and a 60-minute documentary Håstdans på Hovdala.  All film showings will be at High Hopes in Old Lyme.  Admission is free but donations to support High Hopes programs and herd will be welcomed.

RIDING MY WAY BACK –to be shown at the Holiday Market on Sunday, November 16, 2015 at 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

Riding My Way Back is the story of one soldier’s journey back.  Shown in honor of Veteran’s Day, this half hour documentary chronicles one soldier’s journey back after he returns from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Here is a link to the trailer:

MUSICAL CHAIRS to be shown Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:00pm.

Musical Chairs is a romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando from the Bronx, and Mia from the Upper East Side, who come together through their love of ballroom dancing. When a tragic accident puts Mia in a wheelchair, Armando, aided by a group of colorful misfits at the rehab center, dedicates himself to helping Mia dance once more by introducing her to the world of competitive wheelchair ballroom dancing.

Here is a link to the trailer:

HÅSTDANS PÅ HOVDALA to be shown Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 4:00pm.

Håstdans på Hovdala is a film about a unique creation process those who saw Dancing with Horses when they performed at High Hopes will particularly want to see. In July 2013, the American dance company, The Equus Projects, spent three weeks in a Swedish forest creating an evening length theatre work that brought together four dancers, four horses and a cast of Swedish performers with autism.  Filmmaker David Fishel follows the progression of the creation process, the equine training, and the deepening connection that develops between the human and equine performers. The film premiered at Lincoln Center in February 2013.

Here is a link to the trailer:

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Congratulations Liz Adams!

PATH International has a new Master Instructor! Congratulations to Liz Adams, High Hopes Program Director, on the successful completion of this challenging process. High Hopes is fortunate to have her talent and commitment within our ranks!! Liz, along with Kitty Stalsburg, is one of only 28 Master Instructors in the country.

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Updated Sub Needs weeks 11 and 12

Click HERE for updated volunteer sub needs. Please contact the volunteer team to sign up. Thank you for lending a hand this semester!

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Subs Needed for Last 3 Weeks of Fall

We need volunteers to help us wrap up the last three weeks of our Fall Program.  Please check out the sub needs below and call Megan at (860)434-1974 if you can help!  Sub Needs are now posted weekly on the “Current Volunteers” link of our webpage.  Click here to access them and bookmark the page!Sub Needs Fall '14 Week 10-11

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