Thank you Sonic!

Sonic is retiring!  After working as a lesson horse for many years he has earned the right to enjoy his golden years.  Thank you Sonic and enjoy your retirement!

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Lyme Hunter Pace at Lord Creek Farm

Sunday, September 21, 2014 Rain or Shine

Come and enjoy the trails at Lord Creek Farm.  A Hunter Pace is a low key competitive event derived from foxhunting. Teams of two or three riders follow a marked and timed course up to 9 miles to include 2-3’ jumps; riders may go over OR around all fences. Teams follow a course over terrain which is meant to stimulate that of a foxhunt-requiring a mixture of gaits that a foxhunter would typically utilize.

Riders will have a choice of competing in one of two divisions: Hunter (a faster pace designed to imitate that of a fox hunt for experienced riders) and Hilltopper (a more leisurely pace than Hunter-about 25% slower, for the novice rider and/or horse).

The Lyme Hunter Pace prides itself on offering a low-key atmosphere for riders to learn and practice their skills in a competitive and supportive environment. Come enjoy the spectacular views of the Connecticut River Valley from Lord Creek Farms.

CHECKPOINT:  Riders must check in for a mandatory 3 minute hold at the half-way mark.

Don’t forget to enjoy a chili lunch before or after your ride!  Provided by our local Connecticut Valley Pony Club.

Proceeds to benefit:

  • Lyme Trail Association
  • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc.
  • Connecticut Valley Pony Club

Click here for the 2014 Hunter Pace Entry Form Mailer

You can also contact Sarah Carlson at for more information or for questions.

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Let’s Play! New Article by HH Staff Members Laura Moya and Sarah Carlson.

Read PLAYTIME the Value of Unmounted Games written by High Hopes staff members Laura Moya and Sarah Carlson.  It appears in the latest edition of STRIDES, the PATH Intl. quarterly magazine.

PLAYTIME the Value of Unmounted Games


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Symphony 2014 Slide Show

Click here to view a slide show of Symphony 2014

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Volunteer Subs Needed!

We have one more week of summer program. Don’t miss your chance to volunteer!

Volunteers needed for:

Thursday 7/24:

  • 3:30 pm-Long Liner
  • 4:30 pm- Long Liner

Friday 7/25:

  • 1 pm: Leader and Sidewalker
  • 2 pm: Sidewalker
  • 2:45: Long Liner and SIdewalker

Monday 7/28: No Sub Needs at this time

Tuesday 7/29:

  • 3:30 pm: Sidewalker

Thursday 7/31:

  • 3:30 pm: Sidewalker
  • 5:30 pm: Sidewalker

Friday 8/1:

  • 9:30 am: Sidewalker
  • 10:30 am: Sidewalker
  • 1 pm: Sidewalker

Email Courtney at to sign up.

Thank you for donating your time to ensure our participants have an exceptional experience.

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Volunteer Needs: Program, Summer Camp, Camp Harkness

High Hopes’ most exciting summer semester yet is underway! We have a need for leaders, sidewalkers and barn assistants to help this semester in our weekly lessons. Please consider lending your expertise in one of the following programs:

Weekly Lesson Program

Traditional 6 week semester (June 23-August 8).

Click Here for Volunteer Sub Needs.

Contact Courtney to sign up.

Summer Camp: Multiple weeks available for sign up beginning June 30th. Please note *this program requires a Mon-Thurs 8:30-1 commitment*. Contact Carrina to sign up as a summer camp volunteer.

     Horse Leaders needed for 

  • Week 3 (July 14-17)
  • Week 4 (July 21-24)

Camp Harkness: High Hopes at Camp Harkness in Waterford, CT

      Week of July 14th – 17th:

  • Tues. 7/15: 9:15 – 10:15 – ELP coach/ assistant (this is a permanent open spot)
  • Weds. 7/16: 10:00 – 12:00 – 1 horse leader
  • Weds. 7/16: 10 – 12 – barn assist (permanent spot)

      Week of July 21st – 24th:

  • Tues. 7/22: 9:15 – 10:15 – 2 ELP coaches/ assistants
  • Tues. 7/22: 10 – 12 – Carriage Driving header and/or ELP assistant
  • Tues. 7/22: 2:30 – 4 – Barn Assist
  • Weds. 7/23: 10:00 – 12:00 – horse leader
  • Weds. 7/23: 10 – 12 – barn assist (permanent spot)
  • Weds. 7/23: 1:00 – 3:00 – 2 ELP assist/ barn assist
  • Thurs. 7/24: 8:30 – 9:30 – ELP assist
  • Thurs. 7/24: 10 – 12 – Horse Leader

To volunteer at Camp Harkness, contact Karen.

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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 We provide training

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Updated Sub Needs

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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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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