High Hopes Open Barn Day, 40th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting Sunday, October 19, 2014

Invite your friends and family to come to High Hopes on Sunday, Oct. 19th between 11am and 1pm to tour the barn, meet members of our herd of 27 horses and learn about one of the premier therapeutic riding centers in the country.   Also from 11am to 1pm we’ll hold a 40th anniversary pot luck celebration which current and former participants, volunteers, staff and board members are invited to attend.  Both will be followed by the 40th Annual Meeting which will include a brief business review, election of new Board of Trustee members, a demonstration honoring our participants, and annual award announcements.  There will be a reception immediately following the meeting.

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Purchase tickets to the Fashion Show here

Thursday, October 23, 2014

6pm – 9pm

Once again we’re excited to feature the latest fall looks from The Apparel Shop at Saybrook Country Barn, one of Connecticut’s premiere clothing boutiques for women and men!    Enjoy delicious light fare from Coffee’s Country Market while you watch Hope Hopes participants, volunteers and staff walk the runway at Lyme Art Association.  Thank you sponsors Guilford Savings Bank, Coffee’s Country Market, ESSENCE Center for Beauty and Wellness and Mionetto USA .  Tickets will be available for purchase on this site starting Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

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Anna Twinney Clinics at High Hopes

Anna Twinney, founder of Reach Out to Horses® and internationally respected Natural Horsemanship Clinician and Trainer, Animal Communicator and Reiki Master, will conduct three days of clinics at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT October 31 through November 2, 2014:  Learn the Foundations of the Reach Out to Horses Program, A Day of Animal Communication and The Holistic Horsemanship Experience – The Next Step with Anna Twinney. 

For more information about the three clinics and to register please visit http://www.reachouttohorses.com/ctclinics.html#hhd or contact Liz Adams, High Hopes Program Manager at ladams@highhopestr.org, 860-434-1974, ext. 116.


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Help prove that “Horses Have the Loudest ROAR”

The EQUUS Foundation is one of Animal Planet’s eight charitable partners participating in the 2014 Animal Planet ROAR (Reach Out. Act. Respond) Matching Campaign – and the only HORSE charity!
The funds from the ROAR Campaign will be used to:
·         Reduce the unwanted horse population
·         Retrain horses for multiple careers
·         Make equine therapy available to more people

Ready to help horses ROAR? Here’s how:
Help EQUUS win Fan Favorite – Vote every day by clicking this link http://www.animalplanet.com/helping-pets/roar/fan-favorite-poll.htm and voting for the EQUUS Foundation!
Help win Most Traffic! Just click this link once – http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-retrain-and-re-home-horses-to-heal-people/?rf=equusfoundation – between now and October 7th to visit the cause page of the EQUUS Foundation hosted by GlobalGiving, Rescue- Rehab – Retrain-Rehome Horses Healing People.
Share this link with 10 friends: www.equusfoundation.org/ROAR .

Helping the EQUUS Foundation in the Animal Planet ROAR Campaign will help horses everywhere!

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2014 Holiday Market Nov. 16

Join us as we transform our arena into a holiday marketplace.   More than 50 booths will offer merchandise from some of local 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 including Caseus Cheese Truck, The Local Meatball, and Rolling Tomato!   Keep the family entertained with games, arts and crafts and face painting.  To celebrate Veterans Day we’ll be offering showings of a new short documentary Riding My Way Back, the heartwarming story of a veteran and the relationship with a horse that changed his life.  Admission to the Holiday Market and all these activities  is free with a suggested donation of a perishable food item for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens.   And last, don’t forget to try your luck with great raffle prizes and door prizes.

We are excited to once again be raffling off a beautiful and durable John Deere Gator, along with three other great prizes – a Samsung 60’ HDTV with wifi, 2 tickets to the hit Broadway play, Kinky Boots with an overnight stay at NYC’s Penn Club and a pair of Justin cowboy books from Southern Exposure.

1st Prize – Win A Gator!  What’s A Gator?

Click here see the Gator in action!


2nd Prize – a Samsung 60’ HDTV with wifi

3rd Prize – 2 tickets to the hit Broadway play, Kinky Boots with an overnight stay at NYC’s Penn Club

4th Prize – a pair of Justin cowboy books from Southern Exposure

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

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Summer 2014 Photos


It is a warm and welcoming place.

Volunteers this summer walked over 10,000 miles, or the distance from Old Lyme to Sydney, Australia!

Volunteers this summer walked over 10,000 miles, or the distance from Old Lyme to Sydney, Australia!


I love working with the people and the animals.

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Feeding Volunteers Needed!

The High Hopes Herd is seeking feeders to join our Sunday AM, Tuesday AM and Wednesday AM teams. Morning feedings are from 8-10 am. If you are interested in trying a new role or looking for a way to get in more horse time, contact Courtney at cbernard@highhopestr.org. We provide training

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A Saturday at High Hopes


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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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