Equine Activities & Therapies
A Summer Your Child Won't Forget
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.
Register for Summer Camp below, or keep scrolling to find out more about other camps: horse sense, vetkids, immersion and our summer community riding program.
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Summer Camp at High Hopes
Each summer High Hopes is pleased to offer five 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, tacking, 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.
PROVISIONAL 2020 Camp Session Schedules are as follows:
Week 1, July 6 – July 9, 2020
9am – 1pm for ages 3-6
Week 2, July 13 – July 116, 2020
9am – 1pm for ages 7-12
Week 3, July 20 – July 23, 2020
9am – 1pm for ages 4-12
Week 4, July 27 – July 30, 2020
9am – 1pm for ages 3-6
Week 5 August 3 – August 6, 2019
9am – 1pm for ages 7-12
A number of dedicated camps for different populations are also available during the summer. Scroll for more information.
responsibility and leadership
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. This camp serves youth in the New London and Norwich districts and is limited to 14 participants.
Horse Sense Program is offered in conjunction with Eversource and the Community Foundation for Eastern Connecticut.
Horse Sense Camp: August 10 – 13, 2020
Community Riding Lessons
Learn to ride at High Hopes
Our program is designed to open up the world of horses to our local community in a safe and fun learning environment. Our horses are specifically chosen for their good nature, patience and willingness to interact with people. Our professional staff has received extensive training on safety and the most effective teaching methods to reach all individuals. Our community lesson programs offer something for all levels of riders from someone who has never ridden to someone who is looking to further their riding and horsemanship skills.
Dates and times will be announced mid-March – register your interest before then with Rachel.Contact Marie to register your interest
for children with sensory differences and autism
“IMMERSION” is a sensory-rich Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies Program. It is a collaboration between High Hopes highly qualified and experienced Therapeutic Riding Instructors and the Physical and Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Pathologists from Yale New Haven Health Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. A referral is through the L+M pediatric team.
Immersion Camp: dates to be confirmed
for children of military families entering grades 5 -8
VetKids for Grades 5-8
Children of veterans are a population generally underserved by traditional veterans programs, which tend to focus more on the service member and their spouse or partner. We wanted to create a program that focussed on character building, emotional regulation, team building, and communications. While some of the participants had ridden before; none had experienced the learning, confidence building, and self-esteem that can come from caring for and working with a horse in the barn.
The bond participants developed with their horses provided a low-key and trusting environment in which they could share their experiences of parents being deployed, or returning from deployment. All our participants and many parents commented 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.
VetKids Camp: August 17 – 20, 2020
Please note that your place at this camp has been significantly subsidized through a donation from the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation.
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A Summer to Remember
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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.About Us
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