Wow! Wouldn’t you look great behind the wheel of a 2015 Subaru Crosstrek Premium?

A 2015 Subaru Crosstrek Premium could be yours, or one of three other great raffle prizes – a NYC Overnight at the Penn Club with Broadway tickets and dinner at The Capital Grille, an Apple Watch Sport and a pair of Justin Sorrel ladies cowboy books from Southern Exposure. Raffle tickets are $50, only 1,500 will be sold and you have until the Holiday Market on Nov. 15th to purchase yours. You don’t have to be present to win. All proceeds benefit the programs and participants of High Hopes. How many tickets would you like? Tickets are available at High Hopes. Look for us too at various events around the community over the next month.

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LEARN 2 RIDE at High Hopes

Always wanted to learn to ride? Want to become a better rider? Fall lesson series begins October 23rd.

Adult group lessons Fridays 5:30pm.  $360 for six weeks.  Only a few spots left!

For additional information or to schedule a visit contact Sarah Carlson at or 860-434-1974, ext. 118.

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High Hopes Open Barn Day and Annual Meeting October 18, 2015

High Hopes Open House Sunday, October 18, 2015  11am to 1pm

Tour our beautiful 120 acre facility, meet the friendly professional staff and herd of 27 specially trained horses, and learn more about High Hopes and how we serve our community.

If you are already an involved member of the High Hopes community, gather your friends and family and come share the magic of High Hopes with them. Light refreshments will be provided, and there is no need to R.S.V.P. so come and kick up your heels with the staff and horses of High Hopes!

We hope to see you!

41st Annual Meeting, Demonstration & Award Ceremony, Sunday, October 18, 2015 1pm to 3pm

At 1pm, following the Open House, volunteers, former and current board members, riders, family and friends are invited to gather in the arena at High Hopes for the 41th Annual Meeting, Awards Celebration and Demonstration.


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Save the date! The 5th Annual Holiday Market will be Sunday, November 15th, 2015

The holidays and the High Hopes Holiday Market are just around the corner! Join us on Sunday, November 15th as we transform our arena into a holiday marketplace. More than 60 exhibitors will offer merchandise from Connecticut’s popular craft, jewelry, gourmet food vendors and more, perfect for starting off your holiday shopping.

Hungry? Stroll outside and visit the “hottest” area food trucks!   Keep the family entertained with games, arts and crafts, face painting and hayrides.

And don’t forget to try your luck with great raffle prizes and door prizes. We are excited to be raffling off a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium, along with three other great prizes: an Apple Watch Sport, a New York City Theatre Getaway for two, and a pair of Justin cowboy boots from Southern Exposure.

Admission to the Holiday Market and all these activities is free with a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens.

Interested in becoming a vendor?  Download an application to learn more and apply.  The application deadline is October 9th. 2015 High Hopes Holiday Market Vendor Application

If you can volunteer at this fun event please contact Ashley Sands at or 860-434-1974, ext. 121.

For more information about the event contact Trudy Burgess at or call 860-434-1974, ext. 123. Be sure to check our web site beginning mid-October for a more complete list of vendors and activities.

All proceeds from this event benefit the programs and participants of High Hopes.

Event Sponsor: Reynolds Subaru

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How to Be Your Volunteers’ Best Resource

Read all about it in the Summer 2015 issue of PATH Intl’s STRIDES magazine or click on the link below:

How to Be Your Volunteers’ Best Resource STRIDES Summer 2015

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Congratulations, Lauren Fitzgerald!

Please join us in congratulating Lauren Fitzgerald, High Hopes Lesson Manager and Instructor, on being selected to receive the 2015 PATH Intl. Sis Gould Driving Recognition Award. Named after longtime PATH Intl. driving advocate and High Hopes founder Sis Gould, this award recognizes PATH Intl. members who exemplify outstanding dedication to the promotion of carriage driving for individuals with disabilities.

Sis saw carriage driving as way to help participants who could not sit on a horse’s back. She helped design a wheelchair-accessible driving cart for High Hopes and was instrumental in establishing standards for driving in therapeutic riding programs.

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When you shop on be sure to use our Amazon Smile link and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to High Hopes!

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
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The High Hopes Rider – Summer 2015 Issue



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Equine Specialist Workshop


May 8-11, 2014

A three-day workshop offered to equine professionals and therapeutic riding in-structors who work or would like to work with students with mental health and/or learning issues.


Learn more


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Nutrena Club Support Program

High Hopes is participating in the Nutrena Club Support Program and we welcome your help! Nutrena will make a donation to High Hopes for each proof of purchase. Buy Nutrena products, save the proofs of purchase and put them in a safe place. When you get a pile together, bring or mail them to Holly Sundmacker, Equine Operations Director, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, 36 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

If you don’t buy Nutrena horse feeds, but know someone that does, please tell them about our program and ask them to participate!

Qualifying proofs of purchase for the Nutrena Club Support Program:

  • All Nutrena Feeds labeled grain products and Pro-Premium, River Run and Nutrena Pet Foods are eligible for redemption. Birdseed does not qualify.
  • The only acceptable proofs of purchase for grain products are the sewn-on tags that include the product description. See the photo above for the location of the tag.
  • The only acceptable proofs of purchase from the pet foods are the UPC labels from the bags.

Eligible Nutrena® Products

  • Life Design®, Vitality®, Legacy®
  • Safe Choice®, LiteBalance®, XTN™
  • Empower™
  • Triumph® Horse Feeds
  • Horse Kwik®, NW Stretch Hay
  • Extender®
  • Naturewise™ Farmstore Feeds
  • Cargill™ Milk Plus
  • Dairyway™ / Dairy Focus Feeds
  • All Other Nutrena® Grain Products
  • Loyall ™ Pet Food 20
  • River Run® Dog Food
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