Our Mission

Our Mission

Benefitting the bodies, minds and spirits of people with disabilities.

The mission of High Hopes 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.

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Who We Serve

The primary disabilities include autism, attention deficit disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, developmental delay, mental retardation, visual and hearing impairments, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and amputation. Many of the children and adults we serve, including disadvantaged young people from inner cities, have learning or behavioral disabilities.

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2016-2017

46 Diagnoses

Our participants share over 46 different disabilities which we group under the following headings. Of our participants with a declared diagnosis the following is a breakdown of primary disability.

Quality

We are committed to the highest level of quality throughout our programs, in our care for horses and in our interaction with participants, volunteers, donors and other members of the community.

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Teamwork

High Hopes’ certified instructors, qualified staff and committed volunteers work together to create an inclusive environment providing the optimal experience for participants.

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Education

High Hopes promotes education within the field of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT) and values learning in collaboration with our participants and community.

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Leadership & Innovation

High Hopes develops leaders who are committed to excellence, current with advances in EAAT, and eager to share innovative solutions that will enhance the experience for participants today and in the future.

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Serving the Community

High Hopes strives to effectively serve its community and to be an active and valued community participant.

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Horses Do Not Judge, and Neither Do We

At High Hopes, everyone is welcome. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex, gender, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic. Horses do not judge, and neither do we!

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“You change people’s lives in large and small ways that you cannot possibly imagine. I’m living proof of that fact.”

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Donated income funds

83%

of every High Hopes participant’s lesson.

Where our donations came from in 2017 - 2018

57%

Individual Contributions

11%

Foundation Support

15%

Corporate Suport

We have served

1519

people in 2017 - 2018

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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.

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Volunteers are the Heart of High Hopes

Without their hard work and dedication, our mission — to bring the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and equine activities to a wide range of individuals—would be no more than words on paper.

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Meet the Herd

Get to know all of our beautiful and intelligent horses who live for their work. These amazing creatures have been working wonders for years.

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