Our Mission

The mission of High Hopes is to improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education.


Our biggest fundraiser of the year is our Annual Gala, Auction and Scholarship Drive. Did you see Mark’s Story?

Many veterans could not participate without donations to the scholarship fund. Most of these people already face financial and other burdens because of the disability/existing financial burden of families with disabilities. Donor support enables High Hopes to accept all who can benefit from our services regardless of financial circumstances.

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The Latest

  • Win-a-Car – and much more!

    Thank you to our 2018 Raffle Sponsor Reynolds’ Subaru of Old Lyme Drawing to be held November 11, 2018 at 3:45 pm at the High Hopes’ Holiday Market 36 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371   OTHER GREAT PRIZES: 2nd Prize: NYC Getaway includes two tickets to the NYC Musical of your choice and overnight […]

  • Corporate Sponsor & Vendor Package

    Welcome to our biggest and best Holiday Market Thank you to our Event Partners   and our Raffle Sponsors   ADVERTISEMENT SPECIFICATIONS Click to Download Holiday Market 2018 Ad Sizes and Specifications   WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN US? VENDORS & VENDOR PARTNERS CLICK TO DOWNLOAD A HHHM Corporate Sponsorship Brochure (Low Res.) AND A […]

  • New Training & Education Opportunities at High Hopes

    View and download our new Training & Education prospectus for 2018-2019. High Hopes is one of 5 PATH Int’l Premier Accredited Centers in the country currently offering the PATH Intl. Approved Instructor Training Course. As part of our commitment to Opportunity – Education & Excellence, we also provide a wide variety of workshops offering EAAT Professionals continuing education […]

  • Rider Magazine – Summer 2018

    Let us know what you think about our new “green” publishing platform. Do you like it? Can you read it on your devices? Have you tried downloading it? Do you want to see more High Hopes publications published like this?

  • Sally H. Aubrey honored with Lytt Gould Award

    Sally H. Aubrey, 92, of Lyme, CT was today awarded the Lytt Gould Leadership Award by the Board of Trustees of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. During a beautiful, June afternoon in the High Hopes Legacy Garden, friends, members of the Legacy Society, staff and Sally-admirers joined with Board Chair, John Catlett, Executive Director, Kitty […]

  • Madison Students’ Fundraiser Helps Seed High Hopes

    Pictured are students from Mrs. Quinn’s Healthy Living Class. Photo Credit Joanne Clark. Madison, CT: On Wednesday, June 20, students from Polson Middle School presented a check for $260 to High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc.; the proceeds of a Plant Fundraiser they had been running through Mrs. Quinn’s Healthy Living Class. “The students grew the […]

  • 2018 Holiday Market – Call for Vendors

    Sunday, November 11, 2018, 10 am – 4 pm Over the past eight years, the High Hopes Holiday Market has grown into one of Connecticut’s premier Holiday Events. More than 60, thoughtfully curated vendors come together with food stalls, music, kids’ activities, and a whole barn-full of holiday spirit, to benefit over 1600 children, teens, […]

  • We truly believe therapeutic riding is a way of life. It is not only a lesson once a week but a complete sense of belonging, something that children with special needs may never get a chance to experience. Riding for our sons is not just about the therapy provided to their bodies as they struggle with sense & balance, but also helps them with social & language skills. High Hopes is more than a place you go to watch your child or loved one ride, it is an experience for all who enter the front door. Being a part of High Hopes is one of the greatest things we have ever done for our children, our family & ourselves.
    ~ Jennifer and Peter
    parents to High Hopes riders Matthew (9), Andrew (7) and James (7)
  • What I quickly saw was an improvement in her school work and we all have seen a more positive attitude in everything she attempts. I never thought an hour a week of horseback riding could do so much.
    ~ Proud Parent
  • I love you horse. I don't know what I would do without you.
    ~ Participant
  • I fly high as I ride. Horses enable me to do so much. I love to ride. I love High Hopes.
    ~ Participant
  • In the past few years I have seen my sweet little guy grow by leaps and bounds! I have watched his focus improve, his eye contact get better, and his body get stronger. I know all this is due, in great part, to the amazing healing powers of your horses. They are truly miracle workers.
    ~ Parent
  • I like to go last so I can go fast!
    ~ Participant
  • My students gain so much when sensory skills are involved in their day. Until you have first-hand experience seeing what High Hopes offers to these individuals and the impact it has on their lives, you cannot imagine how important it is to them to participate weekly. With the economy affecting everything in our lives, it is so nice to know that there are people that are still willing to give for others to enjoy and improve their quality of life.
    ~ Teacher
  • Due to the severity of their cognitive and physical disabilities, my students do not have access to the recreational opportunities that other children have, such as LIttle League or music lessons. High Hopes is an incredibly valuable opportunity for them. These students come from families who are not in a position to provide this kind of experience for their children. Given the schools' budgetary constraints, we are fortunate indeed that scholarship money is available.
    ~ Teacher