The Mission of High Hopes

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

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High Hopes is thrilled to announce we will be hosting Bonds of Strength at the Big Barn Bash on Saturday, June 10th. Join us as we once again transform the indoor arena into an elegant and inspirational evening of mingling, a sit-down catered dinner and dancing to the award winning, high-energy sensation ETA music.

Tickets available now!

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High Hopes Magazine

Winter 2023

The new HIGH HOPES Magazine is in the mail! We’ve re-branded the Rider Magazine with a new name, refreshed design and inspirational content. We hope you enjoy reading the inaugural issue.

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Strength from...

High Hopes 2021-2022 Annual Report

Strength comes from many inspirational sources. At High Hopes, we’re proud of our Strength through Learning, Community, and Philanthropy. Enjoy this year’s annual report, as we celebrate Strength with a reflective thank you.

Read our Annual Report

Now accepting registrations for the Academic Semester

Resilience Reins

The Resilience Reins program is for children ages 10-13 who have experienced trauma. Join us this semester for a 7-week program that will run Thursdays 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM from June 22nd to August 3rd.

This fully unmounted curriculum is for small groups of up to 6 participants and is run by an equine specialist and mental health practitioner. There will also be a parent café running concurrently.

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


New session starts June 20th!

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 Tuesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM from June 20th to August 22nd.

Advanced registration is required for this program.

Inquire about our Veteran's program


Horsey Volunteers Needed!

Do you or someone you know have experience grooming, tacking, and leading a horse? We are looking for YOU! High Hopes is actively recruiting volunteers with horse experience for the upcoming academic semester.
Learn more about becoming a volunteer at link below, or email us with questions at

Click here for More Info and registration!


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High Hopes Community Partners

High Hopes is grateful for the individuals, foundations, and businesses that invest in our mission. We are excited to welcome Lawrence + Memorial Hospital as our newest Community Partner! Thank you to this healthcare leader for your partnership.⁠

Is your business interested in a deeper, year-round relationship with High Hopes that is tailored to you and your employees? Learn more about our new and exciting Community Partners program at the link below, and reach out to our development team with any questions!

Build a deeper relationship with High Hopes!
'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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Your gift makes a difference

We appreciate all donors and volunteers who invest in the High Hopes mission. We know that you have choices with your philanthropy and volunteerism. Thank you for choosing High Hopes. When the time is right for you, we’re happy to help facilitate your gift.

Visit the link below to learn more about giving to High Hopes and please contact Claire Gadrow, Development Director,, 860-434-1974, ext 122 with any questions.

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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
EQUUS Foundation Mentor
PATH Intl.

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equine assisted activities & therapies delivered

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of our "staff" are volunteers

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of our operating costs are raised through donations

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