Congratulations Liz Adams!

PATH International has a new Master Instructor! Congratulations to Liz Adams, High Hopes Program Director, on the successful completion of this challenging process. High Hopes is fortunate to have her talent and commitment within our ranks!! Liz, along with Kitty Stalsburg, is one of only 28 Master Instructors in the country.

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Morning Yoga Practice at High Hopes

Creating Self Awareness through breath, movement, and mindfulness

Where:  High Hopes Classroom

When: Tuesday Mornings 8-9am

Fee: $10 per person

Bring a mat, water bottle, and a blanket for relaxation. ALL LEVEL class with modifications to serve individual needs. COME JOIN THE FUN!!!!

Contact Tracy Blasioli, Kripalu-RYT for more info.

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Volunteer Appreciation Event 2014

We had a blast playing softball, enjoying a potluck supper, and showing our appreciation for our amazing corps of volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on September 27th, 2014.  Even if you were not able to attend this year, we thank you for your service and the spirit you bring to High Hopes.  You make a difference with every hour you support the High Hopes mission!

We want to improve this event in future years.  Please take this quick survey to tell us what type of event you would like to see next year.

The following awards were announced at the Volunteer Appreciation event Sept. 27, 2014.

 Office Volunteer – Judith Rothenberg 

  • Volunteer Since 2012
  • Weekly Hours:  3.8
  • Total Hours:  355

As an office volunteer, Judith’s warmth and bright energy shines through every time she is at High Hopes.  She is a true wordsmith, and has been the behind-the-scenes genius behind many of High Hopes’ most influential communications.  She is willing to help in any way, from filing to creative projects, and she brings the same dedication to every task.  If you noticed the beautiful hand-drawn signs welcoming volunteer back for fall and inviting you to this event, you have appreciated Judith’s artistic talent!  Judith always has a smile and a warm hello for the staff, other volunteers, and her fellow riders.  She truly embodies the spirit and values of High Hopes.

Nancy Cash Program Volunteer – Suzy Bolduc

This award is dedicated to the memory of program volunteer Nancy Cash, whose incredible volunteer spirit will always be with us.

  • Volunteer Since August 2011
  • Weekly hours: 4.5
  • Total Hours:  Just hit 500!

Suzy volunteers in multiple departments including riding program, feeders, special events, and committees.  Suzy is at High Hopes for one role or another almost every day of the week!  She is a skilled sidewalker who builds relationship with riders and fellow volunteers alike.  Suzy’s presence has been a key factor in the success of riders like Cody, who at first was afraid to mount but with Suzy’s patience, warmth and gentle support, (and repeated renditions of “5 little monkeys jumpin’ on the bed!”) now rides weekly with a huge smile on his face.  She has also been valued member of the Volunteer Committee for two years, where she shares fresh perspective and energetically coordinates hospitality volunteers.  She was instrumental in designing and executing this past year’s volunteer appreciation week displays, and she has even gotten involved in auxiliaryevents such as MidSummer Festival, the Lyme Horse Trials, and the Lyme Hunter Pace.  Suzy loves to be at High Hopes, shares her joy with all around her, and is committed not only to the horses and riders, but to the entire organization.

Barn Volunteer of the Year – Paul Kotowski

Juanita, our Barn Assistant who nominated him, “Paul has been coming to feed the horses on Saturday morning for over 5 years. He comes faithfully every week no matter how brutally cold, blistering hot, or inclement the weather may be. He is very helpful to the staff and works really hard. He knows what chores need to be done and cheerfully does them. He willingly does whatever is asked of him whether it be throwing hay down, loading the spreader, cleaning up the runway, fixing fences, or just holding a horse who is having his mane pulled. It is not unusual for him to stay beyond the time he intended to help with a task that needs to be done. He oftentimes will take a young inexperienced volunteer under his wing to help them learn the ropes. Every week when he is thanked for coming and for all his hard work, his reply is always the same – “It’s been a pleasure.””

Davison Youth Service Award-  Lydia Marie Harvey

This award is only given periodically.

Awarded to a person who:

-is 18 or younger

-volunteers in any capacity

-demonstrates exemplary service, above and beyond other volunteers in similar roles

-has contributed significantly in terms of time or service

-shows a commitment to the mission and values of High Hopes

-demonstrates maturity, leadership, or compassion beyond expectations

  • Volunteer Since: June 2010
  • Weekly Hours: 2.5
  • Total Hours: 405

Lydia has volunteered at High Hopes since she turned 12, and has always been a strong and positive addition to the youth volunteer corps.  Over the years, she has grown in her equestrian skills, maturity, and citizenship, and she is now our go-to choice for leading new horses, supporting timid riders, and working independently in the barn.  Instructors have been known to ask for Lydia by name because of her calm, assertive energy.  Though Lydia is quiet, she leads by example; she shows new youth volunteers how to be dependable, thorough, and safe.  Lydia subs or volunteers extra time when asked, and assists not only in riding program but in camps as well.

1000 Hour Pin Recipients: (28 active volunteers have over 1000 hours!)

Barbara Longo

Enjoy these photos from the event!




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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!

Feeders are currently needed on Saturdays – please call Megan at (860)434-1974 if you are interested in becoming a feeder.

Consider volunteering for one of our upcoming special events! Email Megan at for details.

October 19th – Annual Meeting

October 23rd – Fashion Show

November 16th – Holiday Market

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Feeding Volunteers Needed!

The High Hopes Herd is seeking feeders to join our Saturday morning team from 7:45-10 am bi-weekly. If you are interested in trying a new role or looking for a way to get in more horse time, contact Megan at We provide training

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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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