Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding, equine assisted activities and therapies, and training and education while being a proactive leader, mentor and advocate for our profession.

High Hopes Donors Impact Lives

High Hopes riders could not participate at all 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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  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES THROUGH 2pm cancelled due to school closures. Please check back for an update on afternoon classes.

  • Holly and Liesel are very excited

    Look! What just got delivered. High Hopes is the lucky recipient of a grant from the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation, and with it, we purchased a new run-in for the black paddock. The Allan Louis Loeb Foundation for the Benefit of Wildlife and Domestic Animals is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to benefit wildlife and domestic […]

  • High Hopes & the Golden Fleece

    High Hopes is honored to have received an “Honorable Mention” $1,000 grant from the Golden Fleece Foundation. Established in 2007, The Golden Fleece Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to giving back to the communities that Brooks Brothers serve. Since its founding, it has sought to foster one of Brooks Brother’s core values: relationships. Earlier […]

  • Thank you to the Westbrook Foundation

    High Hopes is once again a proud and grateful beneficiary of a grant from the Westbrook Foundation. Due to the generosity of all of our donors, we are able to subsidize the cost of therapeutic horseback riding services by over 75%. This grant will help us continue to ensure that participants from the Westbrook, CT […]

  • Thank you to the Dime Bank Foundation

    High Hopes is grateful to have received a $2,000 donation from the Dime Bank Foundation.     Mission In 1998, Dime Bank established The Dime Foundation, enabling us to further our bank’s mission of supporting and giving back to the communities we serve. We strive to improve the well-being and quality of life for members […]

  • Wireless Zone Groton’s support for High Hopes

    Press Release Contact- Neil Ryan December 14th, 2017 860-608-4901 For immediate release Wireless Zone to present grants totaling $67,500 to local charities Local Wireless Zone- Verizon Premium Wireless Retailers are back at it again in true holiday spirit! Family owned and operated, Wireless Zone nominated multiple non-profit organizations in the Eastern Connecticut community and beyond […]

  • High Hopes Position Opening – LESSON MANAGER

    High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc. in Old Lyme, CT seeks an individual with strong communication and organizational skills for a Lesson Manager position. Successful candidates will have at least five years of experience in Therapeutic Horsemanship, hold a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH Intl’l) Advanced Instructor Certification, PATH Int’l Mentor and Evaluator training, […]

  • Going Above and Beyond

      Caption: Kitty Stalsburg (center, at podium), Executive Director of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., accepts the 2017 Military Community Support Award. High Hopes was selected because of its robust equine therapy programs for veterans and for families of veterans. Photo Credit: Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Military Community […]

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  • 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