High Hopes 2015-2016 Annual Report: IMPACT Available now!

High Hopes Annual Report 2015-2016 is now available and making great IMPACT!  This year, we are prioritizing the need to clearly articulate the outcomes happening daily at High Hopes, shouting out the value of equine assisted activities to ensure that others truly understand the significant impact and worth of these unique therapies.   This Annual Report captures this IMPACT reflecting on the  Impact of Motion . . . Impact of Relationships . . . Impact of Support and lastly quantifying it all through, The Numbers of Impact!  

Together we can and do change lives, each and every day . . . This is YOUR impact . . . You make it happen!

2015-2016 Annual Report:  IMPACT!

 

 

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The Holiday Market is Coming to Town!

Join us for High Hopes Holiday Market with over 6o vendors, amazing raffle, food trucks, hayrides, kid’s activities and more! Get your Holiday shopping season started early. Fun for the whole family!   Event Sponsor: Reynold’s Subaru Creative Sponsor: Julia Balfour, LLC and Media Partner: WNLC Radio, 98.7 FM,  Internet Media Sponsor:  ICRV Radio.

2016 Holiday Market Vendor Sponsorship & Partner Application

Date: Sunday, November 13th    11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Place: High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, 36 Town Woods Rd, Old Lyme CT

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE!

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High Hopes’ Benefit Car Raffle Roars Down the Road. Tickets on sale through 11/13/16!

THE ROAD TO HOLIDAY MARKET KICKS OFF! Win a 2016 SUBARU IV CROSSTREK 2.0i Premium

High Hopes benefit CAR RAFFLE is well on its way!  Only 1500 tickets available @$50 per ticket. Drawing takes place just around the corner at the High Hopes Holiday Market on Sunday Nov. 13th. Raffle ticket holders need not be present to win. Proceeds Benefit High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

GRAND PRIZE: 2016 SUBARU IV CROSSTREK 2.0i PREMIUM Courtsey Reynold’s Subaru
2nd PRIZE:    APPLE iPAD AIR 2
3rd PRIZE:   NEW YORK CITY OVERNIGHT STAY AT PENN CLUB, Broadway Tickets & Dinner
4th PRIZE:  PAINTER FOR A DAY, 8 hours, courtesy Fitzgerald Painting
5th PRIZE:  COWBOY BOOTS courtesy of Southern Exposure

The 2016 Subaru IV Crosstrek will be on the road to many of Connecticut’s Fairs, Festivals and Farmers’ Markets over the next month.  Stop by and check out this car !  Watch for September’s stops along the way!

August 13th     Coffee’s Country Market     9:00am-12noon

August 19-21st     Hamburg Fair     All Day

August 26-28th     Chester Fair     All Day

September:  Coffee’s Country Market  Boston Post Road Old Lyme CT    Saturday Sept. 17th

For more information and tickets, please call or email Trudy Burgess, (860) 434-1974, ext. 123, tburgess@highhopestr.org

HIGH HOPES 6th ANNUAL HOLIDAY MARKET:  Start Your Holiday Shopping!

Join us for High Hopes Holiday Market with over 6o vendors, amazing raffle, food trucks, hayrides, kid’s activities and more! Get your Holiday Shopping Season started early. Fun for the whole family!   Event Sponsor: Reynold’s Subaru Creative Sponsor: Julia Balfour, LLC and Media Partner: WNLC Radio, 98.7 FM   Internet Media Sponsor:  ICRV Radio.

Date: Sunday, November 13th    11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Place: High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, 36 Town Woods Rd, Old Lyme CT
Contact: Trudy Burgess, (860) 434-1974, ext. 123 or email tburgess@highhopestr.org

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2016 LYME HUNTER PACE AT LORD CREEK FARM Photo Gallery

 

Over the River and Through the Woods  . . .                     2016 Lyme Hunter Pace Photo Gallery by Judith M. Bosco

 

LYME HUNTER PACE at Lord Creek Farm on Sunday, September 11, 2016     8:30am-11:00am      

Join High Hopes and The Lyme Trail Association on Sunday, September 11, 2016 for the Lyme Hunter Pace at Lord Creek Farm.  The Lyme Hunter Pace is a beautiful waterside cross-country ride over a marked and timed course of up to 9 miles including 2′ to 3′ jumps that riders may go over or around.   In teams of 2-3, riders follow an outdoor marked course: jumping, and a mixture of gaits through open country and along wooded trails.  Prizes Awarded.   A Hunter Pace is a low-key competitive event derived from foxhunting.  Inexperienced riders and horses are welcomed.  Proceeds to benefit High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, The Lyme Trail Association, and the U.S. Pony Club.

  Date:         Sunday, September 11th   

Time:        8:30 am  – 11:00 a.m.    

Place:        Lord Creek Farm, 37-3 Hamburg Road, Lyme CT 06371

Level:        Less experienced riders & horses welcome

For Information contact: Sarah Carlson, scarlson@highhopestr.org  (860) 434-1974, ext. 115

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High Hopes Benefit Raffle Takes to the Road!

THE ROAD TO HOLIDAY MARKET KICKS OFF! Win a 2016 SUBARU IV CROSSTREK 2.0i Premium

High Hopes is hosting a benefit CAR RAFFLE!  Only 1500 tickets available @$50 per ticket. Drawing takes place at the High Hopes Holiday Market on Sunday Nov. 13th. Raffle ticket holders need not be present to win. Proceeds Benefit High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

GRAND PRIZE: 2016 SUBARU IV CROSSTREK 2.0i PREMIUM Courtsey Reynold’s Subaru
2nd PRIZE:    APPLE iPAD AIR 2
3rd PRIZE:   NEW YORK CITY OVERNIGHT STAY AT PENN CLUB, Broadway Tickets & Dinner
4th PRIZE:  PAINTER FOR A DAY, 8 hours, courtesy Fitzgerald Painting
5th PRIZE:  COWBOY BOOTS courtesy of Southern Exposure

The 2016 Subaru IV Crosstrek will be on the road to many of Connecticut’s Fairs, Festivals and Farmers’ Markets over the next month.  Stop by and check out this car !  Here are the stops along the way:

August 13th     Coffee’s Country Market     9:00am-12noon

August 19-21st     Hamburg Fair     All Day

August 26-28th     Chester Fair     All Day

For more information and tickets, please call or email Trudy Burgess, (860) 434-1974, ext. 123, tburgess@highhopestr.org

HIGH HOPES 6th ANNUAL HOLIDAY MARKET:  Start Your Holiday Shopping!

Join us for High Hopes Holiday Market with over 6o vendors, amazing raffle, food trucks, hayrides, kid’s activities and more! Get your Holiday Shopping Season started early. Fun for the whole family!   Event Sponsor: Reynold’s Subaru Creative Sponsor: Julia Balfour, LLC and  Internet Media Sponsor:  ICRV Radio.

Date: Sunday, November 13th    11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Place: High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, 36 Town Woods Rd, Old Lyme CT
Contact: Trudy Burgess, (860) 434-1974, ext. 123 or email tburgess@highhopestr.org

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Legacy Garden Reflections

Over 20 members of High Hopes Legacy Society, joined Kitty Stalsburg, Executive Director and Board Chair, Barbara Ballard in thought and testimony to the incredible journey past to present that High Hopes has traveled over the years.  Fond memories of Sis Gould swirled as many recalled her wonderful way of bringing all into the fold of High Hopes’ magic and mission for therapeutic riding and the special participants served.

The Legacy Society was created as a special program for planned giving to ensure the future of High Hopes.  Our Legacy Society members range from trustees, parents of participants to volunteers, each with their own story of why membership enriches their lives and experience at High Hopes knowing their willed gifts will become the brick and mortar of High Hopes sustainability.  At its very core, Legacy Society members all share the passion for High Hopes mission, operation and outreach.  Members are recognized and honored in the gorgeous Legacy Garden near Hartman Pond among many other benefits including special acknowledgements, gatherings and member mailings.  Best of all,  Legacy Society members have the heartwarming experience of helping others in need.

There are many ways to become a Legacy Society member whether through private philanthropic planned giving or through our Buy-A-Brick program both leaving lasting legacies to High Hopes. Today, High Hopes has over 45 Legacy members who have dedicated gifts to ensure the vision for High Hopes is carried well into the future. For more information, please email Sara Qua, Director of Development, squa@highhopestr.org or call, (860) 434-1974, ext. 122.

 

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Read all about it! The High Hopes Rider is out!

The Fall 2016 Rider Newsletter is hot off the press.  Inside this edition, read all about it—Touching Veteran’s Lives . . . The Equus Effect Program; High Hopes successful partnership with Camp Harkness and a very special highlight of High Hopes’ young participant, Matthew Scotella,  who was just awarded the PATH Int’l 2016 Youth Equestrian of the Year!  Sit back, relax and enjoy the fall issue of RIDER!  Happy Fall 2016!

 

 

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Meet Griffin

Griffin, age 5, began riding at High Hopes in the summer of 2014 as a participant in our Immersion Camp program run in conjunction with L&M Hospital. Griffin has a progressive and terminal condition known as MPS type III A, a rare disease that prevents his body from breaking down toxins, allowing them to build up in his muscles and organs and affecting him both physically and neurologically. There is no cure for MPS, only experimental therapies – which can be scary.

Since Griffin’s diagnosis, his mother Kerri has wanted him to become involved in therapeutic riding at High Hopes as a way of building physical strength while slowing his disease’s progression. Because of his disability Griffin is non-verbal which makes forming personal bonds difficult, but his love of animals is constant and strong.

Riding at High Hopes works Griffin’s muscles. It strengthens his core as he sits straight and works leg muscles needed for balance. When Griffin dismounts from Petra he stands taller and doesn’t fall as often.

More importantly, riding for Griffin is a fun activity that provides an outlet for his mental energy. Riding breaks through his mental and physical isolation and for a short while each week Griffin is just a happy boy experiencing the joys of being with his beloved pony.

Griffin’s mom, Kerri, works hard to ensure her son has the best care needed to improve his quality of life while extending the time he has available. Riding at High Hopes helps meet those goals but would not be possible without financial assistance.

Your donation provides direct financial assistance to Griffin and hundreds of other children and adults with disabilities from throughout Connecticut and makes their participation in life changing, equine-assisted activities a reality. Learn more here.

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High Hopes Offers Riding Lessons to the Public

Learn2Ride Community Riding Lessons Winter Session !

Lessons begin week of November 28th and run for six consecutive weeks.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is offering riding lessons for community members who want to learn how to ride, brush up on old skills or try a new activity.  High Hopes instructors specialize in individualizing riding instruction in a safe and supportive environment. With a wide variety of breeds, riders are matched with the right member of the herd to meet their needs and ability.  Attendees can sign up for either riding or carriage driving lessons. There is a rider weight limit of 180 lbs. for safety of the horse and rider.

All lessons are offered at High Hopes’ 120-acre site at 36 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme, and are 45 minutes to one hour each, once a week, beginning November 28, 2016.

WINTER LESSON SERIES: beginning November 28, 2016

Lessons run for 6 consecutive weeks.   6 weeks- $360

Youth/Adolescents Group: Saturdays at 3:00pm

Adult Group: Tuesdays at 5:30pm

For more information, contact Sarah Carlson at scarlson@highhopestr.org, or 860-434-1974, ext. 115.

 

 

 

 

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Embrace the Spirit of the Season . . . Riley, Fanny, Lauren and YOU!

 

Embrace the spirit of the season and support the mission, participants & programs of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding.  Let us introduce you to the essence of our mission and appeal.

Meet Riley . . .  She is a sweet and funny fifteen-year-old who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  By participating in therapeutic riding activities, Riley develops life skills that help her and her family meet ASD hurdles they encounter daily.    

Meet Fanny . . .  “I Love You, Fanny” says Riley.  Fanny is one of the reasons Riley is able to say those four words.  It’s Fanny’s gentle disposition and the soothing motion of her gait that give Riley confidence and make her feel safe enough to practice and develop her verbal communication skills.  The human-horse bond is at the core of our Equine therapy and is what makes therapeutic riding so effective.    

Meet Lauren . . .  As the instructor, Lauren facilitates Riley’s interaction with Fanny and leads them to achieve their established therapeutic goals.  Our goal has been to increase Riley’s ability to communicate verbally, like being able to say, ” I Love You, Fanny”.

And YOU! . . .  We need you on the team.  It’s because of supporters like you that Riley, Fanny and Lauren have been able to achieve positive benefits as it takes over 31,000 volunteer hours to sustain our programs and facility for one year.  Our 680 amazing volunteers do it all and it is your contributions that truly make it all happen.  Your donations directly benefit participants like Riley because 80% of every dollar donated supports our program services and facilities–and, provides financial aid for those who can not afford therapeutic riding lessons.                                                                     

Thank you for embracing our mission this season.  Truly, ‘Tis the gift that keeps giving.

To make a donation today, go to www.highhopestr.org/give.

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Giving Tuesday 11.29.16 Join the Movement

High Hopes is participating in this global day dedicated to giving.

We encourage you to use #GivingTuesday as an opportunity to help improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic riding – right here in our community.

No matter the size of your gift, your generosity will help us reach even more individuals and have a greater impact on the lives of men, women and children, right here in Connecticut.

On Tuesday, November 29th . . .Join the worldwide #GivingTuesday movement and click here to make a difference in your community support the mission, programs and participants of High Hopes.  Thank you for embracing the spirit of the season and making your High Hopes donation today!  

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Judith’s Story

Judith had always loved riding horses and caring for them. So much so that she owned her own horse and ran a barn for several years. After her second hip replacement at age 54, Judith said it nearly broke her heart when she found she could no longer ride due to limitations of motion and stiffness from arthritis.

Five years later, Judith contacted High Hopes Therapeutic Riding to ask if they could help her solve her problem and get her back on a horse.

Today Judith not only rides, she thrives! “I walk, trot and canter and I’m a better rider today than I was before my hip replacements,” she said. “My instructor Lauren pushes me and gets me to do things I never thought I could do. I believe one of the most respectful things you can do for someone with a disability is to treat them as if their learning is unlimited.”

The benefits of therapeutic riding have not only improved Judith’s balance, coordination and posture, it also has increased her self-confidence.

“I recently had some unexpected life changes that were devastating, and the staff and horses at High Hopes helped get me through the experience. I appreciate having had the opportunity to heal my spirit and can now return the kindness.”

When she’s not riding, Judith volunteers in the office or uses her artistic talent to create welcome signs for High Hopes visitors. And some days she brings horses from the paddock to the barn and grooms them. “To know that I’m entrusted to care for a High Hopes horse is something that’s very precious.”

You can read more about High Hopes and Judith in the March/April issue of Connecticut Horse Magazine.

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