The Mission of High Hopes

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

Our Vision and Values

Thank You!!

We had a Blast!

Our 50th Anniversary Gala was an enormous success and we couldn’t have done it without all our staff, volunteers, donors, participants, vendors and attendees! Stay tuned for a little post event recap!

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Our History. Our Stories.

In Celebration of 50 Years

It’s our 50th anniversary and we are celebrating all year!

As part of our celebration, we will be sharing stories and footage from the past 50 years on social media and in our News from the Barn email. Follow along on this journey through our past and a glimpse of our future.

Join us on our 50 Year Journey

Spring 2024

High Hopes Magazine

HOPE. The High Hopes mission inspires hope. Enjoy the latest HIGH HOPES magazine that celebrates our mission and journeys of commitment and connection.

Read the Spring 2024 issue

Visit our new

Planned Giving Website

Planned gifts are a meaningful way to support our mission because they will ensure the future of High Hopes for generations to come. They can also provide you or your estate with significant tax benefits. ​Please visit our new planned giving website which provides comprehensive information on deferred giving options. We hope you and your professional advisors find the new website useful and inspirational.

Visit our Planned Giving Website

New session starts March 7th!

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 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM from March 7th to May 31.

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!


Annual Report 2022-2023

Be informed. Be inspired.

Enjoy our special issue of the annual report. The 2022-2023 issue reflects on the 50 years of empowering lives. As we reflect on our past and look to the future, we celebrate the participants, volunteers, and donors who make an incredible difference.

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'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.

Check out our e-magazine for our latest stories!

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High Hopes by the Numbers



Meet Our Team



Meet The Herd



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Keep the Good Growing

Looking toward 2024 and High Hopes’ 50th anniversary, it has become even clearer that every seed of action we plant has the potential to grow into something extraordinary.  In this coming year, we look forward to taking more actions that ripple outwards, from our horses, participants, and farm to our community and beyond.

Plant the Seeds of Action

With your tax-deductible donation, we can continue to expand our One Health vision, supporting the well-being of people, horses, and the environment.

Give to the High Hopes Fund

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

Please Support the High Hopes Fund


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!

program & workshops

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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