High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

Old Lyme, Connecticut

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

The mission of High Hopes is to improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education. At High Hopes, therapeutic riding and other equestrian activities benefit the bodies, minds and spirits of people with disabilities.

Services Offered:

Therapeutic horseback riding with a mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding, equine assisted activities and therapies, and training and education while being a proactive leader, mentor and advocate for the therapeutic horse profession.


Mailing Address:

36 Town Woods Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371, USA

Farm Location:

36 Town Woods Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371, USA

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(860) 434-1974



High Hopes operates 12 months of the year on a semester basis. There is a 6-week winter semester, a 12-week spring semester, a 6-week summer semester and a 12-week fall semester.



Take Exit 70 from I-95 N/US-1 N, use the middle lane to turn left onto CT-156-W. Turn right onto US-1 N (0.7 Miles). Turn left to stay on US-1 N (2.3 miles). Turn left onto Town Woods Road. High Hopes will be on the left.

What’s Growing:

Special Information:

A charitable nonprofit organization, High Hopes is governed by a 19-member all-volunteer Board of Trustees, and managed by a professional staff of 31 paid employees, of whom 13 are full-time. The staff is augmented by over 675 active volunteers who further support daily operations and 27 unique horses.

Beginning as a group of nomads with borrowed horses, High Hopes has become a leader both in providing therapeutic riding services and in setting the standards for service, training and education in the profession. They have achieved ambitious goals, especially over the last decade, and have made significant progress toward a comprehensive strategic plan.

145 Dennison Road, Essex, CT 06426

Phone: (860) 581-8554
Email: info@rivercog.org

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