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High Hopes fosters a vibrant community where horse and human interactions improve lives.

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June 12, 2021

Big Barn Tailgate

With the development of multiple vaccines to aid in the fight against the pandemic and a renewed sense of hope and our hearts full of gratitude, High Hopes is hosting a socially-distanced BIG BARN TAILGATE.

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Updated May 29, 2021

Summer 2021 COVID-19 Guidelines

General Guidelines:

  • Anyone who would like to wear a mask is welcomed to do so.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required. Masks are not required outdoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required indoors (general building, barn aisles/tack room, indoor arena) for those who are not fully vaccinated. We trust that our community will put the well-being of our participants at the forefront of their consideration.
  • Scheduled tours and meetings resume.
  • Guests not listed on the daily schedule must still sign in at the front desks.
  • Hand sanitizing at entry still recommended.
  • Common area disinfection to occur upon shift completion.
  • Facility occupancy restrictions to be lifted.

Participants:

  • Personal equipment (helmets/footwear/etc) may be used across individuals, and High Hopes will return to its’ standard helmet disinfection practice. Participants not comfortable sharing are encouraged to purchase their own ASTM/SEI approved helmet with manufacture date in the last 5 years.

Volunteers:

  • Program volunteers may resume use of the lounge prior to lesson start.
  • Volunteers should continue using the QR code as appropriate to log volunteer hours. The desktop at the front desk will be re-opened for those unable to use a smart phone.
  • Barn volunteers to arrive at their assigned time. Sidewalkers and ELP coaches to arrive 10 minutes prior to lesson start. Leaders/CD headers to arrive 30 minutes prior to lesson start, unless their horse is being schooled.
  • On-site volunteer training will resume as necessary.
'Horses and Humans Improving Lives'

At our home, everyone is welcome

Horses and Humans Improving Lives

At High Hopes we celebrate and embrace diversity.  We strive to build an inclusive culture that represents the wide variety of populations we serve. We know that it’s our differences that make us special and those differences should be supported, nurtured and celebrated.

The people who come to High Hopes represent all ages & backgrounds. The majority of our participants are between the ages of 3 and 14, some are in their 70’s. Most participants have varying degrees of cognitive, physical, behavioral, psychological or sensory disabilities. There is no “typical” High Hopes participant, as programs are designed to benefit individuals with a wide variety of disabilities.

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High Hopes by the Numbers

11

Instructors

Meet Our Team

24

Horses

Meet The Herd

441

Volunteers

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We need your help — now more than ever!

Our wonderful herd of 24 therapeutic horses – our partners – does not stop eating or needing care from the farrier. They need to be healthy and ready to work when we return to full operations.  If you can help – please do, now is the time we need your support more than ever.

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Registration is Open!

Summer Camp 2021

Each summer High Hopes is pleased to offer five sessions of an inclusive summer camp. The sessions are designed to meet the needs of our campers’ ages and riding skill levels. Throughout our four-day camp sessions, participants will experience activities such as  grooming, tacking, daily riding lessons, trail rides, carriage driving, and more! All activities are conducted in age-appropriate groups.

All sessions are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Session sizes dependent on state regulations.

2021 Camp Sessions are as follows:

JUNE 28 – JULY 1 (4-7 YEARS OLD)

JULY 12 – JULY 15 (8-13 YEARS OLD)

JULY 19 – JULY 22 (5-13 YEARS OLD)

JULY 26 – JULY 29 (4-7 YEARS OLD)

AUGUST 2 – AUGUST 5 (8-13 YEARS OLD)

A number of dedicated camps for different populations and interest groups are also available during the summer. more information.

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Programs for those who serve

Calling Veterans

For many individuals who have served in our military, the ability to remain relaxed in the present moment and make important connections with other people is more difficult than most of the general public. Often, this is a by-product of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Additionally, when serving in the military, there is a demand for all individuals to be acutely aware of their surroundings at all times due to the perilous conditions faced each day. For many who have served, this hyper-vigilant state does not subside when returning to re-integrate into society. Making connections with civilians is challenging often resulting in a sense of isolation even when returning to home, friends and family.

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Check out our latest programs

PATH Intl. Education & Certification

High Hopes’ Training & Education team has delivered industry-leading training and accreditation since 1979. Immerse yourself in a 12-week program, keep up to date and earn a full set of CEUs, or take part in one of our virtual webinars – start your High Hopes’ education from your sitting room!

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Accreditations and Affiliations

Certified Horsemanship Association
Equus Foundation
Guidestar 2020
Heti
PATH Intl.

More High Hopes Numbers

5154

equine assisted activities & therapies delivered

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13056

volunteer hours donated last year

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97%

of our "staff" are volunteers

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>82%

of our operating costs are raised through donations

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