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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  • And the winners are … 

    First prize in this year’s Raffle was a Jeep Wrangler Sport sponsored by Valenti AutoMall and the winner was: Turgut Parlakkilic of Fairfield County. Turgut and his family are pictured collecting his prize from Bob Valenti – just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. “Turgut has been a long-time supporter of High Hopes having purchased […]

  • Celebrate Latino & the holidays

    Our fabulous horse Latino turns 30 on December 18th and we would like to invite you to help celebrate this wonderful horse and the upcoming holiday season. Click to download an invite. All are welcome!

  • High Hopes Helps

    Each year, entrance to the holiday market is by way of a donated food item for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries. This year you once again broke all records for a single day collection with a whopping … of non perishable food goods just in time for Thanksgiving We know that our friends, sponsors […]

  • Holiday Market Gallery

    We want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our amazing sponsors, volunteers, vendors & visitors on Sunday we had a … A Barn Full of Holiday Cheer This was certainly our biggest and best Holiday Market yet. Take a look through the photographs and if you see something you like, feel […]

  • Holiday Market Door Prize Winners 2017

    Thank you to all our fantastic vendors who donated door prizes at yesterday’s Holiday Market. The following is a list of names who won prizes but were not there to collect them. If you are among them, and have not done so already, please call Karena Garrity 860.434.1974 x 119 and arrange to collect your […]

  • 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 […]

  • Inside the Equus Effect

    at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center January 6-8, 2018 Equus Effect Co-founders, David Sonatore, LCSW and Jane Strong, ESMHL, are offering their course for ESMHL Professionals, Therapeutic Riding Instructors, EFP practitioners and men and women with an interest in learning more about mental and emotional resilience. They believe that in order to serve veterans, people […]

  • Meet Griffin

    Griffin, age 5, began riding at High Hopes in the summer of 2014 as a participant in our Immersion Camp program run in conjunction with L&M Hospital.

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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