Holly and Liesel are very excited

Look! What just got delivered.

High Hopes is the lucky recipient of a grant from the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation, and with it, we purchased a new run-in for the black paddock.

The Allan Louis Loeb Foundation for the Benefit of Wildlife and Domestic Animals is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to benefit wildlife and domestic animals and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and literary purposes, more particularly for the purpose of promoting the well-being and the kind and humane treatment of domestic animals and wildlife and of disseminating knowledge to that end.

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High Hopes & the Golden Fleece

High Hopes is honored to have received an “Honorable Mention” $1,000 grant from the Golden Fleece Foundation.

Established in 2007, The Golden Fleece Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to giving back to the communities that Brooks Brothers serve. Since its founding, it has sought to foster one of Brooks Brother’s core values: relationships.

Earlier in the year a group of volunteers from Brooks Brothers at Ellington, CT visited our facility and spent some quality team-building time spreading hardcore to strengthen our riding trails.

Thank you to Brooks Brothers and to the Golden Fleece Foundation.


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Thank you to the Westbrook Foundation

High Hopes is once again a proud and grateful beneficiary of a grant from the Westbrook Foundation. Due to the generosity of all of our donors, we are able to subsidize the cost of therapeutic horseback riding services by over 75%. This grant will help us continue to ensure that participants from the Westbrook, CT area, are supported with funding and scholarships up to 100% of the true cost of our services, depending on financial need.

The Westbrook Foundation was formed in 1984 with a modest donation from Barbara Spencer. Following the death of her father, Elliot Spencer, a gifted businessman and investor, Barbara decided to establish a scholarship in his memory for a Westbrook High School senior. Instead of a one-time scholarship, Barbara was counseled by civic leaders and friends, to form a foundation which would be able to help students on a yearly basis by investing a principal amount and using the growth on those investments towards the scholarship. Barbara passed away in 1993 and bequeathed a sizeable portion of her estate to the residents of Westbrook. Using Barbara’s bequest and the generous donations of many others, the Westbrook Foundation has distributed over a million dollars in scholarships and grants for the betterment of the lives of Westbrook’s students and citizens.

To find out more about the Westbrook Foundation please go to: http://westbrookfoundation.org/about/

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Thank you to the Dime Bank Foundation

High Hopes is grateful to have received a $2,000 donation from the Dime Bank Foundation.




In 1998, Dime Bank established The Dime Foundation, enabling us to further our bank’s mission of supporting and giving back to the communities we serve. We strive to improve the well-being and quality of life for members of our communities by funding organizations or programs that provide, strengthen, or enhance service to individuals. Non-profit organizations are the lifeblood of our communities. We’re proud to offer monetary support.


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Wireless Zone Groton’s support for High Hopes

Press Release
Contact- Neil Ryan
December 14th, 2017
For immediate release

Wireless Zone to present grants totaling $67,500 to local charities

Local Wireless Zone- Verizon Premium Wireless Retailers are back at it again in true holiday spirit! Family owned and operated, Wireless Zone nominated multiple non-profit organizations in the Eastern Connecticut community and beyond to receive grants from the Wireless Zone Foundation in 2017. A grand total of $67,500 will be donated to these neighboring organizations this year.

Business partners and recipients of last year’s Citizen of the Year Award, Scott Gladstone and Neil Ryan, elect several charities in their community that display extraordinary dedication and a fervent commitment to serve their respective organizations and fulfil their unique mission statements. This year, fourteen of these grant requests were honoured.

The following non-profit organizations that will be bestowed Wireless Zone Foundation grants: Center for Hospice Care, Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, Jewish Federation of Eastern CT, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital New London/Westerly, Waterford Country School, Windham Hospital Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, Autism Speaks New England, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ocean State, Hartford Performs, Veterans Inc., United Way and Special Olympics CT.

The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving® Inc., established in 2003, was created after discovering that the employees of Wireless Zone wanted to give back to the community of people they spent time with trying to assist at a store level. The Foundation, which supports both local and national nonprofit organizations, provides a basic structure for the collaborative giving program and enhances the individual stores’ ability to be able to commit to helping their communities. The grant funds will assist awarded organizations with initiatives to both expand upon current programs and implement new ones.

The Wireless Zone teams also completed a food drive this past fall for the Gemma Moran Food Bank in New London. Several hundred pounds of food were donated to each, feeding homeless and less fortunate families in each territory. In addition, thru the month of December, not only are the stores are collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, but each employee is donating a toy for the holiday season for a student at the Waterford Country School.

“We just want to help, however and whoever we can. I’m excited and thankful when people reach out to Wireless Zone for donations, because it means they know we care,” says Frank Lotti, an employee of the company for 9 years.

Wireless Zone is the nation’s leading independent Verizon Wireless franchise, offering the latest and greatest in products, services and accessories, as well as repair services. Wireless Zone is open seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Wireless Zone encourages all nonprofit organizations to reach out if we can be of any assistance in the future.

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High Hopes Position Opening – LESSON MANAGER

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc. in Old Lyme, CT seeks an individual with strong communication and organizational skills for a Lesson Manager position.

Successful candidates will have at least five years of experience in Therapeutic Horsemanship, hold a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH Intl’l) Advanced Instructor Certification, PATH Int’l Mentor and Evaluator training, and a degree in a related field. Successful candidates will possess strong instructional, equine and volunteer management skills, planning and scheduling skills, problem-solving ability and be a team player. The position will involve teaching therapeutic riding lessons of up to eight riders, instructional/barn support, and administrative program support duties. Additional PATH Int’l Certifications or specialties are a plus.

Founded in 1974, High Hopes is a PATH Intl’l Premier Accredited Center which serves over 240 children and adults with disabilities each week. Staff members are integral to a team that works cohesively to provide the highest quality programs for participants and instructor candidates from all over the world in its PATH Intl’l Approved Instructor Training Course. The Lesson Manager reports to the Program Director.

This full-time position provides benefits including health, life insurance, a retirement plan and generous professional development opportunities. For a PATH Intl’l therapeutic riding professional, this is an excellent opportunity to work with a dedicated team committed to providing a much-needed service. For additional information or to submit a resume, please contact

Megan Ellis, mellis@highhopestr.org.

860.434.1974 ext. 116.

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


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Going Above and Beyond


Caption: Kitty Stalsburg (center, at podium), Executive Director of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., accepts the 2017 Military Community Support Award. High Hopes was selected because of its robust equine therapy programs for veterans and for families of veterans.

Photo Credit: Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Military Community Support Award is presented to an organization “that has gone above and beyond to show support for our local men and women in uniform.”

With the support of The Bingham Trust and the Thompson Family Foundation, High Hopes provides a number of complimentary programs for veterans including the Equus Effect and Horses Love VetKids; a program for the children of Service Families. Over the past year, High Hopes has provided five programs that empower participants with strategies to change self-limited feelings and behaviors born of their time in the services. During this coming year, High Hopes will be providing seven programs to over 50 veterans and we now offer an education program for other organizations wishing to deliver the Equus Effect. Within a national context of over 22 veteran suicides each day, this will help to ensure that such a valuable program is available through many more therapeutic riding and veterans’ centers.

Nominations for the 2017 Military Community Support Award were reviewed by the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council and High Hopes was honored at the Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce 8th Annual Military Appreciation Breakfast on October 27, 2017. Past honorees have included: Mohegan Sun, GEICO, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mike’s Famous Harley Davidson, Navy Federal Credit Union, Fields of Fire, Country Glen Apartments, Black Hawk Fishing, MJ Sullivan, Harp and Dragon.


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VetKids Ages 12-16 camp

High Hopes invites 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 will include opportunities to bond with and learn about horses, drive a horse-drawn carriage, and become part of a community of children and young adults with similar experiences. Working with our horses helps children of veterans develop their emotional intelligence and resilience and develop trust in others, which will transfer to home and school.

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.

Read more about VetKids: HERE

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


1:30 – 5:00 for 12-16 year-olds

An earlier session will take place between 9:30 am and 1:00pm  for 6-11 year-olds.

More information & registration to follow

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VetKids Ages 6-11 camp

High Hopes thanks you and your family for your sacrifice.

HighHopes invites 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 true cost of this program has been underwritten by the Thompson Family Foundation – thank you!

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

9:30am – 1:00pm ages 6-11

A second session will take place between 1:30 and 5:00pm for 12-16 year-olds.

Registration Documents to follow

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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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Horse Handler Training

Dates throughout January – July 2018

Come and learn about Horse Handling at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding.


All volunteers must attend a General Orientation prior to volunteering.  At the General Orientation, volunteers will choose a role(s) they are interested in and will be scheduled for an additional training specific to that role. Roles may include sidewalker, horse leader (experience required), feeder, office volunteer, etc.

For those with horse experience interested in becoming horse leaders, this session provides additional training and opportunities will be available to learn and practice our leading techniques.

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What to wear

Wear closed toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing (we will be outside, in the barn and in the indoor ring).

What to bring

If you have not completed your volunteer registration forms online please bring them with you.

Volunteer Registration Forms

We do ask that you complete these registration forms prior to your training. You may do so online, by mail or bring them with you to the training.

Volunteers give something of themselves and receive back another person’s hopes and dreams.

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