Equus Projects – Free Film Showing March 21, 2015


Håstdans på Hovdala is a 60 minute film about a unique creation process.  We’ll be showing this film on March 21 during the Chili open house between 11am and 1pm.

In July 2013, the American dance company, The Equus Projects, spent three weeks in a Swedish forest creating an evening length theatre work that brought together four dancers, four horses and a cast of Swedish performers with autism.  Filmmaker David Fishel follows the progression of the creation process, the equine training, and the deepening connection that develops between the human and equine performers. The film premiered at Lincoln Center in February 2013.

Please RSVP to 860-434-1974, ext. 110 to help us with our planning.

Here is a link to the trailer:  http://youtu.be/De1TMq2l1m0

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Always By Your Side – A Volunteer Management Workshop

Strategies and techniques for managing volunteers
Maximizing effectiveness with minimal resources
May 7-8, 2015 at High Hopes
Topics to include:
Volunteer recruitment, training and retention
Building and maintaining volunteer relationships
Managing volunteers for maximum effectiveness
Who Should Attend
Volunteer Managers/Coordinators
Non Profit Program Administrators
Anyone who wants to learn more about volunteer management
Workshop Faculty
Megan Ellis, High Hopes Volunteer Manager
Carrina Echeandia, High Hopes Volunteer Coordinator


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Cast your ballot for High Hopes in the Essex Savings Bank’s Community Investment Program

If you are a customer of Essex Savings Bank, please cast your ballot between February 2 and March 2 for High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in the Essex Savings Bank’s Community Investment Program.

Each year, the bank donates 10% of its after tax net income to non-profit organizations located within its service area.  As an approved participant, High Hopes will receive a portion of the available funds based on the preferences of Essex Savings Bank customers and the number of votes we receive. Last year, because of your votes, we placed fourth out of 85 non-profit organizations on the ballot and received $2,268 – helping us provide much needed scholarship funding to our participants.

Please pick up a ballot at any branch of Essex Savings Bank and cast your vote for High Hopes to help us raise even more scholarship funds this year, and encourage your friends and family members to vote for High Hopes too. Thank you for your continued support!


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Come One Bring All to the Chili Open House

Come to High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme for an informative and delicious Open House on Saturday, March 21 from 11am to 1pm and learn about one of this country’s premier therapeutic riding centers.

Bring family, friends and neighbors to tour the barn, meet some of the horses and watch a therapeutic riding class in session.  Learn how the High Hopes experience offers opportunities for skill development and achievement to individuals of all ages who face a multitude of challenges every day.

Looking to get involved, make new friends and make a difference?  Learn about our volunteer program and see how you can help enrich the lives of others in a way that fits your busy schedule.  We have openings for sidewalkers, office help, barn assistance, special event planning and more.

It’s not too early to think about summer and our camp staff will be on hand to talk about our 2015 summer camp programs.

Homemade refreshments, including chili with all the fixings, will be available.  This open house is informal, child friendly, and your visit can be as long, or short, as your schedule allows.  What could be more fun on a “chilly” winter day!  High Hopes is located at 36 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme.  Please RSVP by calling 860-434-1974 to help us in our chili-making planning. We hope to see you!

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Strategic Plan 2015-2019

The High Hopes Board of Trustees has approved the Strategic Plan 2015-2019 and we are pleased to make a copy available here.

Click here to read the Plan.

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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!

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Volunteer Enrichment Conference and Upcoming Seminar

Thank you to all who attended the High Hopes Volunteer Enrichment Conference on Monday!  It was a great day filled with professional speakers, delicious food, and new friends.  Here are some of our favorite quotes from the day:


“If you don’t get going, nothing will happen!” – Marianne Pfeiffer, one of High Hopes founding volunteers on how the original volunteer corps developed the great mission we still carry out today.


“I learned a lot, met new people, and feel more involved in the volunteer community.” – A new volunteer.


“[The conference] gave me an understanding as to what the instructors are trying to accomplish.” – An attendee.


“Wonderful subjects. Great speakers!” – An attendee.


“It was all great! To learn so much for $10 was extraordinary and lunch was great.” – An attendee.

Equi-Yoga with Marty Whittle

Equi-Yoga with Marty Whittle

If you couldn’t make it, we hope you’ll enjoy the pictures and plan to join us next year!


We are excited to offer a free seminar, “Leadership for Volunteers,” on Sunday, February 22nd from 12-3, presented by Linda Ferraro, an Organizational Development professional who successfully works with Fortune 500 Corporations developing and implementing strategies to increase organizational performance through leadership coaching, development and team alignment. In this session we’ll explore style differences related to learning and working that impact our success in leading teams as well as in directing our own performance.  We’ll also focus on influencing styles to use in all aspects of our lives, personal and professional.  Email Megan at mellis@highhopestr.org or call (860)434-1974 to sign up.


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Did you know? High Hopes offers a wide selection of continuing education opportunities!

Some of our upcoming seminars include:

Volunteer Enrichment Conference – February 16th – A full day of exciting educational offerings, and lunch is included.  Register here.

Volunteer Leadership Seminar – February 22nd – Develop your leadership skills and learn techniques for working on a volunteer team and supporting new volunteers.  Presented by Linda Ferraro.  Email Megan at mellis@highhopestr.org to sign up.

Sensory Integration and Autism – February 7th – Increase your awareness of  Autism and Sensory Processing considerations in therapeutic riding led by Donna Latella, Occupational Therapist and PATH Intl Registered Instructor and Leslie Bridges-Parent, Pediatric Occupational Therapist.

Business, Development and Administration – February 12-13 – This two day workshop will help identify areas and plans for growth from the most basic mission, vision and values to governance, staffing, fundraising and marketing essentials.

Volunteer Management – May 7-8 – This seminar will provide proven strategies and techniques for recruiting, training, and retaining a corps of volunteers to support and enrich your organization.

Visit our website to learn more about these and other professional enrichment opportunities:  http://highhopestr.org/learn/training-education/professional-enrichment/



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LEARN 2 RIDE at High Hopes

Individual lessons will be conducted on December 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16.  Group ( 1 hour) or Private (1/2 hour) for $60 per lesson.  Lesson Series are also available during the year.  Contact Courtney Bernard at cbernard@highhopestr.org, (860) 434-1974 ext. 118 to learn more.

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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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