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Summer Camps

Equine Activities & Therapies

Our programs bring together children with and without disabilities and offers a chance to participate in riding and many other equine-related activities. Participants learn tolerance, compassion and respect for differences while improving their horsemanship skills.


Summer Camp Programs

Each summer High Hopes is pleased to offer four unique sessions of an inclusive summer camp.  The sessions are designed to meet the needs of our campers’ ages and riding skill levels.  Throughout our four-day camp sessions, participants experience grooming, tack, daily riding lessons, trail rides, gymnastics on horseback, carriage driving, arts and crafts and of course play inclusive team-building GAMES!

All sessions are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Each session enrolls a maximum of 16 participants.

2018 Camp Session Schedules are as follows:

Week 1:  June 25 – June 28th, 2018
Week 2:  July 9 – July 12th, 2018
Week 3:  July 16 – July 19th, 2018
Week 4:  July 23 – July 26th, 2018
Week 5: July 30 – August 2nd, 2018

For any additional questions please contact our Special Programs Manager, Sarah Carlson, or call  (860) 434-1974 ext. 115.

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Horse Sense for Grades 5-8

This camp focuses on at-risk youth populations and focuses on community and self development rather than horseback riding skills. The four day camp includes daily interaction with our horses as well as team-building and communication activities to increase self confidence, responsibility and leadership potential.

Horse Sense Camp: August 6th – 9th, 2018  

For more information please contact Sarah Carlson, or call  (860) 434-1974 ext. 115.

Camp Harkness

Camp Harkness is one of the state’s few facilities to provide a residential camp for adults and children with disabilities. Participants come to Camp Harkness from all over Connecticut and include agency programs from Oak Hill, The Arc of New London County, Southbury Training School and United Cerebral Palsy. Camp Harkness participants are both youth and adults with a range of with a range of mental, physical and social disabilities.  In addition, we serve participants from Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center, Gilead Community Services and the New London Schools.

Individuals can choose from options including therapeutic riding, carriage driving, and unmounted equine learning activities. High Hopes will bring four therapy horses to Camp Harkness.

High Hopes will also provide community therapeutic riding lessons and field trips.

For more information please contact Megan Ellis, or call (860) 434-1974 ext. 116

We are in need of the following items to help us facilitate this year’s Horse Sense Camp.

14-16 Journals/Notebooks

In varying colors (or all the same, unisex color)

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