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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.

Our Mission

The mission of High Hopes is to improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education.


Our History

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., was founded in 1974 by Mary “Sis” Gould as the Lower Connecticut Valley Educational Riding Association (LCVERA).High Hopes was one of the first therapeutic riding centers in the country to be accredited by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), now the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.).


Our Team

As a charitable nonprofit organization, High Hopes is governed by a 17-member all-volunteer Board of Trustees, and managed by a professional staff of 32 paid employees, of whom 13 are full-time. The staff is augmented by over 635 active volunteers who further support our daily operations.


Annual Report

High Hopes Annual Report 2015-2016 is now available and making great IMPACT!  This year, we are prioritizing the need to clearly articulate the outcomes happening daily at High Hopes, shouting out the value of equine assisted activities to ensure that others truly understand the significant impact and worth of these unique therapies.     The 2015-2016 Annual Report is available here.

Strategic Plan 2015-2019

The High Hopes Strategic Plan 2015-2019 was approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on January 25, 2015.

Careers and Internships

High Hopes is a PATH Intl. premier accredited center and is one of only six centers in the United States authorized to offer  PATH Intl. approved training courses.  We have trained over 250 instructors from throughout the United States and around the world, including Israel, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Ireland, Croatia, England, Mexico, and South and Central America.


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Facility Rentals

Book your next event with High Hopes.  High Hopes is a 120 acre bucolic country equestrian property located in the hills of Old Lyme CT complete with scenic pastures, indoor and outdoor arenas, heated lounge and reception area, wooded trails and fields. Perfect for your scenic wedding celebration, corporate event/retreat or special equestrian function.  We offer many different rental options to stage your special event.

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High Hopes Merch!

Purchase a wide variety of Lands’ End sportswear and customize it with our High Hopes’ logo.


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