The Mission of High Hopes

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

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Save the date

Holiday Market 2022

The High Hopes Holiday Market will be back again in 2022. Save the date November 13, 2022, more information to come.

Vendor applications are now open. Applications are due by August 26th and vendors will be notified of their status by September 2nd.

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Hues of Hope at the Big Barn Bash

Thank you for joining us!

Oh what a night! Our hearts are full of gratitude to our community who once again turned out to make the Big Barn Bash a huge success.

Recap the night!

Now accepting registrations for this summer

Youth Empowerment Program

This weekly program is run in conjunction with Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau and is for children ages 10 to 14 years old. It is designed to help participants build self-esteem, community connection and a sense of purpose through groundwork with our very special herd of therapy horses. The next session of this program will run Fridays, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, from June 24 to August 19, 2022.

For more information please call Chelsea Bourn at 860.434.1974 x116 or email her by clicking here.


New session starts June 23

Veteran's Program

Sign up now for the next session of our free Horsemanship Program for veterans and active duty personnel. Sessions focus on ground work, wellness and being present.

This weekly program runs on Thursdays from June 23 to August 18 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Advanced registration is required for this program.

Inquire about our Veteran's program

VetKids Camp

Registration now open

Our Summer Camp programs bring together children with and without disabilities and offer a chance to participate in riding and many other equine-related activities. Participants learn tolerance, compassion and respect for differences while improving their horsemanship skills.

While registration for our regular Summer Camp sessions is now closed, we are still accepting registration to our VetKids specialty camp which runs from August 8 – 11, 9:00 am to 12:30 p.m.

Click here for More Info and registration!

'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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We need your help — now more than ever!

Our wonderful herd of 22 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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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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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
PATH Intl.

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of our operating costs are raised through donations

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