Lyme Hunter Pace Sept. 21st

Sunday, September 21, 2014 Rain or Shine

Click Here for your Official Time of Go for Sunday’s Hunter Pace (preregistration required)

2014 Map of the Lyme Hunter pace (approximately 9 miles)

General Reminders & Guidelines

** This years course will be marked with pink tape and arrows

Pink Tape


  • 3-horse + Trailers: Enter South driveway and take 2nd left into lot marked as “Parking”
  • 2-Horse Trailers and specters: Enter North driveway and follow parking instructions to field.


  • From I-95 South – Exit 70, at the end of ramp, go straight ¼ mile to Tee; turn right on Rte. 156 North; go 2.6 miles; Lord Creek Farm is on left.
  • From I-95 North – Exit 70; at end of ramp go left onto Rte. 156N; go 2.6 miles; Lord Creek Farm is on the left.
  • From Rte. 11 South to Rte. 82 West – go south on Rte. 156 for 6 miles, farm on right.


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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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.

RSVP for Open Barn Day, Reunion and Annual Meeting

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Autumn at High Hopes

High Hopes needs your help!  We have volunteer spots open Monday-Saturday, and our riders need your support to have a safe and therapeutic experience.

Click Sub needs Fall Week 2-3 to see the Open Spots and Sub Needs for this semester.  In addition to these needs, we also have barn assistant and feeder spots available. 

We are also currently seeking volunteers to assist with special events this season, including the Annual Meeting, Fashion Show, and Holiday Market.

To sign up or fill in as a sub, please call Megan at (860)434-1974 or email

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Save Oct. 23rd for the second annual High Hopes Fall Fashion Show.

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 or contact Liz Adams, High Hopes Program Manager at, 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 and voting for the EQUUS Foundation!
Help win Most Traffic! Just click this link once – – 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: .

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 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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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!

Subs also needed for Weeks 3 and 4 – click here!

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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 We provide training

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