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 a place that welcomes everyone

Horses and Humans Improving Lives

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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By giving of your time, your hard-earned money, and your passion, you are changing the lives High Hopes’ participants and their equine partners. You are making a difference in someone’s life – what better reason to donate?

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Our Goal is $220,000 - Invest in Hope

When you make a donation to High Hopes you are investing in the future of our participants. You are changing their lives and we hope that reading their stories, will change yours too.


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Please help us ensure that horses and humans can improve more lives.

Essex Savings Bank – Community Investment Program

Voters must be an Essex Savings Bank customer and can vote for up to three non-profits. Checks are issued in April based on customer support and voting is open to Bank customers throughout the month of February. Ballots are available inside any of their six branches, or from the front desk at High Hopes. Customers may also vote by logging into their Essex Savings Bank account online through either the mobile app or the link at the top of the page. Voting is typically held throughout the month of February.
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The Big Barn Bash 2020

It’s that time of year and we have already started planning for our June Gala – The Big Barn Bash 2020.

Our team of amazing volunteers are getting ready to collect fabulous auction items from our friends and local community; our friends at Julia Balfour are busy designing the invitation; tastings are underway by the food committee, and yes, we are even starting to think about this year’s specialty cocktails.

If you want to get involved, either as a sponsor with some great benefits, as a volunteer, a donor to the auction, or as a ticket-buyer click now!

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Summer Camp 2020

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 experience grooming, tacking, daily riding lessons, trail rides, gymnastics on horseback, carriage driving, arts and crafts and of course play inclusive team-building GAMES! All sessions are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Each session enrolls a maximum of 16 participants.

Week 1, July 6 – July 9, 2020
9am – 1pm for ages 3-6

Week 2, July 13 – July 16, 2020
9am – 1pm for ages 7-12

Week 3, July 20 – July 23, 2020
9am – 1pm for ages 4-12

Week 4, July 27 – July 30, 2020
9am – 1pm for ages 3-6

Week 5 August 3 – August 6, 2020
9am – 1pm for ages 7-12

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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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All new modular and workshop programs for 2019-2020

PATH Intl. Education & Certification

PATH Intl. is undergoing a 3rd party accreditation process for the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification that is based on meeting and exceeding certification industry standards. The outcome of this process is to establish the new PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) …

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