2018 Participant Survey

We seek to continuously improve our programs here at High Hopes. If you are a participant or a participant’s advocate, please can you complete, or help your participant complete this survey. If you would prefer to complete it on paper, there will be volunteers helping in the lounge next week.

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Godspeed Hummer

We are very sorry to announce that yesterday after a short but very severe bout of colic we lost our dear friend Hummer.

Hummer has been with us since 2010 and his big heart and quiet demeanor made him the perfect horse to introduce so many people to riding and a life-long love of horses. His quiet nature hid a wonderful curiosity and we were often struck by how fascinated he was watching our driving horses pull their carriages. Being a Percheron cross, we called him the “gentle giant” and his huge presence will be missed by all who came into contact with him.

We all know how unexpected and fast this condition can occur and we are grateful that his last few hours were spent in the very experienced, capable and loving hands of our staff, who were able to make his passing as easy as possible for him. If you would like to bring a photograph or a message for Hummer’s stall, please drop by.

Godspeed Hummer, we know that there is a beautiful paddock of Spring grass waiting for you on the other side of the bridge.

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Farm Caretaker

LIVE IN POSITION

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Old Lyme, CT is seeking an individual with equine care, building and farm maintenance skills to assist in the care and maintenance of our facility, horses and grounds. As an integral team member, communication and organizational skills are essential.  The Farm Caretaker assists the Equine Operations Director in the overall management of buildings, grounds and horses.  Horse experience required. Light carpentry, electrical, plumbing and mechanical skills preferred. Successful candidates will have a strong work ethic, the ability to manage individual work projects, be reliable and trustworthy.

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Caretaker Overview of Duties

Founded in 1974, High Hopes is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center which serves over 240 children and adults with special needs each week.  Farm Staff members are integral to ensuring the safety and well-being of horses, volunteers and participants.  Primary responsibilities will include nightly security check of buildings and horses, maintaining buildings, grounds maintenance and housekeeping duties.

Please note this is a LIVE IN position.  Job duties and small monthly rent in exchange for housing in our 1000+ square foot, 3 bed 2 bath, newly remodeled cape on our property. NO PETS.

For more information or to submit a resume, please contact Holly Sundmacker (860) 434 1974 x127 or via email hsundmacker@highhopestr.org

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc
36 Town Woods Road
Old Lyme CT 06371

 

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How SWEET it is – Corporate Partners

A message to our potential corporate supporters


how SWEET it is

is one of Connecticut’s
Premier Gala Events
gathering community supporters for an evening of dining, dancing, and dedication to our mission.
By supporting our Gala, you can positively impact the lives of many different individuals, their families, and their friends. High Hopes is one of a handful of organizations that serve such a wide range of individuals, from diverse economic communities, with physical, cognitive and a wide variety of emotional disabilities.

 

 

Many of our local supporters choose to support High Hopes Gala through donating at one of a number of different sponsorship levels, all of which guarantee a specific number of tickets for you to use or to offer to business partners or clients.

For more information about Corporate Partnership Levels please see below or download a Brochure and Reply Card please click here.

When considering your preferred level of support please remember that: High Hopes Annual Gala is one of Connecticut’s premier social and fundraising events; gathering community supporters and high net-worth individuals for an evening of dining, dancing, and dedication to our mission. Our 600 gala attendees’ average age is between 45 and 60 and they come from the Shoreline area, as well as from Hartford, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and beyond.

The Numbers

Partner benefits

  • High Hopes’ website received over 79,000 page views in the last 3 months from nearly 10,000 individuals.
  • A listing on the event invitation mailed to over 3,000 households (for Emerald level and above) is worth approximately $1,000 per sponsor.
  • Event tickets retail for between $150 and $500 each.
  • Program ads will be seen by all 600 event attendees.
  • High Hopes Facebook page has over 4,000 followers with a reach of nearly 24,000 (11/13/2017 – 12/10/2017) and an average post engagement rate of over 5,000.
  • Our posts average 30 likes with an estimated value of $5 per “like”.
  • High Hopes’ Instructors in training come from over 29 US States and more than 20 countries from South America to the United Kingdom, Japan to Bosnia and Israel to Australia

Advert Specifications

Advert Specifications

  • Download a program advert Specification Sheet HERE
  • Adverts should be provided as high resolution PDFs with no bleeds
  • Sizes per the specification sheet are as follows:
    • Full page adverts (Event, Diamond and Emerald Partners)
      4.5″ wide by 10.5″ high
    • Half page adverts (Sapphire Partners)
      4.5″ x 4.5″
    • Quarter page adverts (Ruby Partners)
      either 4.5″ wide by 2″ high
      or 2.125″ high by 4.5″ wide

Diamond Partner

Diamond Partner $7,500

As well as the benefits outlined above, as a diamond partner you will receive:

  • 8 complimentary gala tickets
  • Opportunity to buy additional tickets at a reduced rate
  • Shout-outs, sharing and tagging on social media
  • Prominent recognition on signage and video.
  • A full-page ad in a prime position in our gala program.
  • Your logo and tagline on the gala page and Facebook event pages linked to the web page or social media of your choice.
  • Recognition in news stories and press releases.
  • Recognition on our event invitation mailed to more than 3,000 households.
  • Radio advertising recognition.

a package valued in excess of $11,000

Emerald Partners

Emerald Partner $5,000

As well as the benefits outlined above, as an emerald partner you will receive:

  • 6 complimentary gala tickets
  • Opportunity to buy additional tickets at a reduced rate
  • Shout-outs, sharing and tagging on social media
  • Acknowledgment on signage and slideshow
  • A full-page ad in our gala program
  • Your logo on our website gala page linked to your website
  • Recognition in news stories and press releases
  • Recognition on our event invitation mailed to more than 3,000 households.

    a package valued in excess of $7,500

Sapphire Partners

Sapphire Partner $2,500

As well as the benefits outlined above, as a sapphire partner you will receive:

  • 4 complimentary gala tickets
  • Opportunity to buy additional tickets at a reduced rate
  • Shout-outs, sharing and tagging on social media
  • Acknowledgment of your support on the event signage
  • A half-page ad in our gala program
  • Your logo on our website page linked to your website
  • Recognition listing on our website gala page.

    a package valued in excess of $3,500

Ruby Partners

Ruby Partner $1,000

As well as the benefits outlined above, as a ruby partner you will receive:

  • 2 complimentary gala tickets with a value of $300
  • Opportunity to buy additional tickets at a reduced rate
  • Shout-outs, sharing and tagging on social media
  • Listing on event signage
  • A quarter-page ad in our gala program
  • Recognition listing on our website gala page.

    a package valued in excess of $2,500

Pearl Partners

Pearl Partner $500

As well as the benefits outlined above, as a pearl partner you will receive:

  • 2 complimentary gala tickets
  • Opportunity to buy additional tickets at a reduced rate
  • Acknowledgment of your support in our gala program
  • Listing on event signage
  • Recognition on our website gala page.

a package valued in excess of $1,000

 

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2018 Holiday Market – Call for Vendors

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 11 am – 4 pm

Over the past eight years, the High Hopes Holiday Market has grown into one of Connecticut’s premier Holiday Events. More than 60, thoughtfully curated vendors come together with food stalls, music, kids’ activities, and a whole barn-full of holiday spirit, to benefit over 1600 children, teens, and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities who participate annually in High Hopes programs.

Vendor Sign-Up

Remember:

Over 3,000 visitors will come to High Hopes Holiday Market from all over Connecticut.

Quick Reminder:

Have you checked what type of vendor you are and whether you meet the criteria?

Vendors: You pay 15% of takings on the day or a minimum of $100. We will put you into the selection process for our market and you will know by August whether you have been successful. You must be an artisan or specialty product, clothing, craft, gift or food producer. No service promotions or network/multi-level marketing products.

Vendor partners: You pay a $250 one off fee - get all the benefits of partnering with High Hopes, a guaranteed premier booth and a quarter page advertisement in the program. You must be an artisan clothing, craft, gift or food producer. No service promotions or network/multi-level marketing products.

Corporate partners: You pay a $500 one off fee - get all the benefits of partnering with High Hopes, a guaranteed space as one of only 5 corporate partners and a half-page advertisement in the program. You must be an artisan or specialty product, clothing, craft, gift or food producer. No service promotions or network/multi-level marketing products.

Address


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, 36 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, CT, 06371, http://www.highhopestr.org. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Vendor Types

VENDORS: Put your name on the list now to be considered by our Market Committee. The applications will be reviewed in August and selections will be based on ensuring a well represented, successful Market. Vendors must be craft, gift, artisan or artisan food vendors. Vendors submit 15% of Market proceeds, or a minimum donation of $100 if 15% of Market proceeds are less than $100. To maintain the integrity of our Market we limit this to local and regional products and do not include multi-level-marketing vendors or associates in this group. If in doubt or with any Market questions, please contact our Market Manager, Trudy Burgess, at tburgess@highhopestr.org.

VENDOR PARTNERS: Vendors who want a guaranteed, highly visible booth, are seeking marketing opportunities and want to show their support to the mission of High Hopes should consider this vendor opportunity. Vendor Partners pay a one-time fee of $250. Again, our Vendor Partners are craft, gift, artisans and artisan food vendors selling local and regional products. If in doubt or with any Market questions, please check with our Market Manager, Trudy Burgess, at tburgess@highhopestr.org.

CORPORATE PARTNERS: Each year we help to showcase just 5 Corporate Partners. These are local businesses and service providers which include multi-level-marketing vendors or associates in this group who wish to have a highly visible booth at the Market for a one-time fee of $500. It is on a first come first served basis. Please contact our Market Manager, Trudy Burgess, at tburgess@highhopestr.org with any questions.

 

Gallery 2017

Press Release

The Holiday Market Event Committee, Co-Chaired by Trustees Katherine Gibson and Jeff Ridgway, choose featured vendors for their diversity and originality. “The Holiday Market is a one-stop-shop for all of your holiday shopping and family fun. From sweet treats, live music, and award winning-food trucks to lotions & potions, paintings & fine creations, whittled wooden wares, jewels, kids crafts, photos, charms & baubles. We will have cozy apparel, abodes for birds, up-cycled finds, perfect presents and all of the earthenware and freshly baked bread and pies that you’ve come to love.

“This is a one-day event, and in 2017 over 3,000 visitors come through the barn between 11 am and 4 pm looking for holiday inspiration. Our vendors love to see a wide range of visitors from across Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and beyond,” says Co-Chair Jeff Ridgeway.

75% of High Hopes’ annual operating budget comes from our fundraising and development activities such as the Holiday Market and Annual Gala. Because of these events, High Hopes is able to ensure that anybody that could benefit from Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies can be supported. Our student body is very diverse, ranging from children as young as 2 and 3 with autism or developmental issues to veterans suffering from PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury. Entrance to the market for visitors is free with a non-perishable donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and last year nearly 3,200lbs of food was collected just in time for Thanksgiving.

“The reputation of the market is growing year-on-year, and even during the height of the summer last year we were still receiving inquiries from new and exciting vendors, as well as our stalwart supporters wanting to come back,” said Market Manager Trudy Burgess. “We wish we could fit every vendor that inquires; but we want to continue to offer a very special family experience to our visitors, and to do that we are careful to ensure we have a real cross-section of products, food, services, and gifts.” We are putting a call out earlier this year for interested vendors to get in touch.

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Community Foundation of Middlesex County

High Hopes is proud to announce that we are recipients of a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CMFC) in support of continued Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies programs for individuals.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of the County, now and in the future, by developing endowments, making grants that have impact and assisting donors in meeting their philanthropic objectives. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has awarded 2,068 grants totaling more than $6 million for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements and for health and human services.

Thank you to all supporters of the CFMC for making this grant possible.

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Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

Overview:

The Equine Specialist workshop is a three-day workshop offered to equine professionals and therapeutic riding instructors who work or would like to work with students with mental health and/or learning issues.

  • PATH Int’l approved CEU’s = 2 ESMHL CR; 6 DE; 12 CE

Register Now:

Detail:

The workshop is a requirement of the ESMHL certification. It is beneficial to have horsemanship skills and experience when attending the workshop but it is not required. Horsemanship Skills Test: The skills test is held on day 4 following the ESMHL workshop.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone interested in learning more about Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) or Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP).
  • Equine Professionals
  • Therapeutic Riding Instructors
  • Anyone who works with mental health and education professionals and their clients.

Topics to be covered in the Workshop include:

  • Therapeutic Relationships
  • HIPAA, Confidentiality and Ethical Parameters
  • Relationship and Collaboration Exercises
  • Equine Behavior and Management
  • Session Goals—Rider Skills, Therapy, Education

Faculty:

  • Mandy Hogan, PATH Int’l Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor, ESMHL and Co-author of ESMHL Curriculum/Workshop
  • Susanne Haseman, MEd, LCMHC, CEIP-MH, ESMHL and PATH, Int’l Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Prerequisites:

  • 21 or older.
  • Current PATH Int’l individual member.
  • Equestrian skills on the flat in English or Western tack comparable to those described in Pony Club C or CHA Level I.
  • Familiarity with PATH Intl. Standards and PATH Intl. Code of Ethics, and/or a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.
  • All participants must download a copy of the ESMHL certification booklet and bring it to the workshop and skills test. The booklet is available at ESMHL Certification Book A limited number of booklets will also be available at the workshop for an additional $15 fee.

Course Availability:

Continuing Education Units:

  • PATH Int’l approved CEU’s = 2 ESHML CR; 6 DE; 12 CE

For more information, contact:

High Hopes is…

  • A PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center
  • Internationally renowned for training & education
  • Accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association
  • 501c3 Non-Profit Center
  • Four Star Charity through Charity Navigator

We offer…

  • Lectures by experienced professionals
  • Networking opportunities
  • A dynamic learning environment

Cost:

  • Workshop ONLY $475.00
  • Workshop AND Horsemanship Skills Test $625.00
  • Horsemanship Skills Test ONLY $150.00
  • Cost includes breakfast and lunch each day. On the last day of the workshop, a skills test review will be held.
  • The skills test will occur on day 4. No breakfast or lunch provided on this day.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • High Hopes reserves the right to cancel the workshop and/or the skills test on or before the event due to insufficient registrants. In this case all paid registration fees will be refunded in full.
  • Cancellations prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund minus a $150 service fee.
  • No reimbursements will be granted after the registration deadline.

Registration Deadline:

October 10, 2018
Please note that this course normally fills ahead of the closing date.

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VetKids – Ages 6-14

We understand that in a military family “kids serve too” and we want to invite children of veterans and service members in our community to join us for a 4-day intensive horsemanship program designed just for military children. This program takes horse-inspired insights into fostering creativity, developing assertiveness, dealing with conflict, heightening mind-body awareness & balance, and making lasting connections with horses and each other … all while having a ton of fun!

The bond participants develop with their horses provides a low-key and trusting environment in which they can choose to share their experiences of parents being deployed, or returning from deployment.

All our participants and many parents comment on how important it was that everyone in the program “was in the same boat,” with shared experiences and shared emotions; something that is not the case in educational settings.

DOWNLOAD A FLYER AND EMAIL IT TO A FRIEND

The true cost of this program has been underwritten by the Thompson Family Foundation

Our Horses & Healing programs are supported by Dominion Energy

Our programs for Youth-at-Risk are also supported by Eversource Energy

Registration Deadline: tba or when full. Places limited to 8 per session.

Cost: $100/4 day week

9:00am – 1:00pm ages 6-14

To register please complete the online application below or download these forms and send them to Megan Ellis VetKids Full Participant Packet.

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    High Hopes takes the privacy of our participants, their families, volunteers, visitors and staff seriously. At the same time, we value the use of real images in the promotional and reporting activities which enable us to provide subsidized therapeutic activities. By engaging in activities at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. I understand that I/my child/my ward may be photographed, filmed, or videotaped and I hereby give High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. the unqualified right to take pictures and/or recordings of me/my child/my ward and grant the perpetual right to use that likeness, video, image, photograph (collectively “image”), without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium and to put the finished images/recordings to any legitimate use without limitation or reservation. I hereby waive, release and forever discharge High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. from and against any and all claims or actions arising out of, or resulting from any use of your image. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. shall not be obligated to use and may elect not to use any image.
  • (Name) would like to participate in the High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc. program. I acknowledge the risks and potential for risks of horseback riding and related equine activities, including grievous bodily harm. However, I feel that the possible benefits to myself/my child/my ward are greater than the risk assumed. I hereby, intending to be legally bound for myself, my heirs and assigns, executors, and administrators, waive and release forever all claims for damages against High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., its Board of Directors, Instructors, Therapists, Aides, Volunteers, and/or Employees for any and all injuries and/or losses I/my child/my ward may sustain while participating in the Program from whatever cause including but not limited to the negligence of these released parties. The undersigned acknowledges that he/she has read this Registration and Release Form in its entirety; that he/she understands the terms of this release and has signed this release voluntarily and with full knowledge of the effects thereof.
  • Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment for Camp

    (to be invoked in the event that your Emergency Contact cannot be reached.)
  • If you choose non-consent for emergency medical treatment/aid in the event of illness or injury while on the property of the agency, please request a Non-Consent Form, which requires notarization.
  • Potassium Iodide (KI) Fact Sheet and Permission

    The State of Connecticut is making Potassium Iodide tablets (KI) available to child care facilities and youth camps within the 10-mile emergency planning zone around Millstone Power Station in Waterford, CT. KI is a form of iodine. It helps to protect the thyroid gland when there is a chance that you might be exposed to a harmful amount of radioactive iodine. In the rare event of a nuclear emergency, your child care provider will be directed when to administer KI through the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Children in child care and youth camps are of the age most likely to suffer the effects of radioactive iodine. Your childcare program or youth camp must obtain your written consent in order to administer KI pills to your child/children. Please remember that the administration of KI to your child under these emergency conditions is voluntary. Contraindications: • Your child should not take Potassium Iodide if he/she is allergic to iodine. • Your child should not take Potassium Iodide if he/she has chronic hives. • Although a single tablet of KI should be tolerated by most people, some (particularly adults), with a number of rare diseases and conditions should discuss this issue with their physicians. These conditions include: o Hypocomplementemic vasculitis, possibly as a component of lupus or chronic hives, o Autoimmune thyroid disease, such as Graves disease. • Potential side Effects: Please consult with your pediatrician if your child experiences any of these side effects: o Minor upset stomach o Rash
  • Summer Camp Policies

    You may download a copy of our Summer Camp participation policy here: Summer Camp Policy
  • Application Forms

    Please note: Application forms are required on an annual basis, and applications cannot be taken over the telephone.
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    We suggest campers wear long pants and boots with a heel. We will provide an ASTM/SEI certified helmet that the child MUST wear at all times when working with the horses. Campers should bring lunch, warm coats, gloves and barn-appropriate clothing, water bottle, etc. each day.
  • Payment & Cancellation Policy

    Camp sessions are prepaid and secure your camper’s placement in your desired week of camp. The payment for a camp session must be made in full at least one month prior to camp. Cancellation policy:  If a camper cancels, their tuition minus a $50 processing fee will be returned only if another camper fills the spot.
  • Medications

    High Hopes Camp is licensed through the State of Connecticut which required written authorization from a physician and a parent or legal guardian to campers needing medication during camp hours. This include but it not limited to epi-pens, inhaler, oral and topical medication. At your request we will provide a copy of our medication administration policy and form or refer you to our website to download a copy.
  • Next steps

    Thank you for completing our Winter Camp 2018 Registration! You will now be redirected back to the VetKids page. Please download the physician's form and the payment form. Have your physician complete and return the physician's form. Please send the payment form to High Hopes together with your check.
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Horses Sense Camp

Our programs for Youth-at-Risk are supported by Eversource Energy and our Horses & Healing programs are supported by Dominion Energy.

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Summer Camp *tentative* Wk5

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