High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
36 Town Woods Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Phone: 860-434-1974

EIN: 06-0987749
Founded: 1974
Last Updated 2020-11-04

Public Charity

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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
High Hopes' mission is to foster a vibrant community where horse and human interactions improve lives. We strive to provide a challenging yet secure environment in which to experience not only physical and occupational therapy but also freedom, mobility and accomplishment thereby gaining independence and building self esteem. Additionally, our underlying mission is to offer our programs to everyone who might benefit from them, regardless of financial means.

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services (EAS) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Services (EAS).

Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Volunteer Opportunities

Lesson Program
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers assist by leading horses or walking beside riders (sidewalking) during classes. Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week and are required to attend a general volunteer orientation and training session.

Special Events
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers serve on event committees and assist with production during the various fundraisers and special events that High Hopes holds each year.

Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers assist with word processing, data entry, photocopying, bulk mailings and other support tasks. They also serve as receptionists and help answer phone calls.

Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers help with general maintenance, repairs and improvements of the facility, including fencing.

Equine Program
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers work directly with barn staff to help feed and care for the horses and the facility. Volunteers in the equine program should be willing to commit to a specified, consistent period of time each week and must first attend a general volunteer orientation and training session.

Equine Learning Coach
Minimum Age: 14
Assist staff in teaching unmounted horsemanship skills such as grooming and horse care. Additional training is provided.

Carriage Driving Program
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers attend a general volunteer orientation and training session, then attend a training session with the driving instructor. Driving volunteers include horse handlers and able- bodied whips.

Wish List Items

High Hopes Wish List
Commercial grade, energy efficient clothes dryer; Muck Buckets; Gift certificates at tack and feed stores; Helmets; Hand Tools (i.e., shovels, rakes, hammers, etc.); Cleaning Supplies; Office Supplies; Fence mower - Barn manager will provide specifications upon request; Snow Blower

*Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.
Equine Welfare Network Guardian
Effective Date
May 31, 2020

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We welcome you to donate directly to us. We will receive 100% of your donation made here.


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