Volunteers are needed for Fall Semester

Volunteers are needed for Fall Semester September 10-December 19th. Horse Leaders and Sidewalkers are especially needed Monday through Wednesday mornings and all day on Saturdays. We are also accepting new feeders. To help out, please contact Megan at mellis@highhopestr.org or (860) 434-1974. If you are not currently a volunteer but are interested in helping, we hold Volunteer Orientation each month and you can sign up by emailing Ashley at asands@highhopestr.org.

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2015 Lyme Hunter Pace

LYME HUNTER PACE Sunday, September 13, 2015

At Lord Creek Farm


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

A HUNTER PACE is a cross-country ride with a partner over a marked and timed course up to 9 miles to include 2-3’ jumps; riders may go over OR around all fences.

Awards will be presented in the following divisions:

  • Hunter: Experienced in the hunt field and want to take the course at a faster pace, traditionally a fox hunt pace.
  • Hilltopper: A more leisurely pace than Hunter, about 25% slower for the novice horse and/or rider.
  • Don Siluk Memorial Award: must consist of a youth pony clubber and their parent/guardian riding as a team and is closest to the ideal time for the division in which they entered.

Click Here to learn more and to register.

Photo credit:  Geoff Bosco

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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 Sept. 10th.  Sign up for 6 weeks or 12 weeks.

Adult group classes Fridays 5:30pm have only a few spots left!

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

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Special Programs Coordinator Position

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Old Lyme, CT seeks an individual with strong communication and organizational skills to support special program services to include mounted and unmounted instruction, curriculum development, summer camp, training and education and other unique offerings related to equine assisted activities and therapies. PATH International riding instructor certification required ideally at the advanced level. Additional desired qualifications include a background in education, comfort with technology and a working knowledge of PATH International Education and Certification Programs

This full time position provides benefits including health, life insurance, a retirement plan and generous professional development opportunities. For a PATH International Professional, this is an excellent opportunity to work with a dedicated team committed to providing a much needed service. For additional information or to submit a resume please contact Liz Adams at ladams@highhopestr.org, 860-434-1974 ext. 116.

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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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Camp Harkness article and video in The Day, Sunday, July 5, 2015

Camp Harkness is one of the state’s few facilities to provide a residential camp for adults and children with disabilities.  During Summer, 2015 High Hopes will provide riding, carriage driving and ELP to all four organizations using the camp: Oak Hill, United Cerebral Palsy, ARC of New London and Southbury Training School. Beginning Monday, June 22 and continuing through Friday, August 14, these groups participate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10-12pm.

In addition, we offer riding, carriage driving and unmounted equine services to the following organizational groups:  Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center – North Campus, Region School District 4, Gilead Community Services, New London schools, and Cove Center for Grieving Children.  Other services this summer will include private lessons and field trips.

To learn more contact Courtney Bernard at cbernard@highhopest.org or 860-434-1974, ext. 118.

Read the article

Watch the video

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Shop smile.amazon.com!

When you shop on Amazon.com 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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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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