Many of the day-to-day activities at High
Hopes are focused on the participants in our programs, but a strong, subtle achievment is also taking place:
support and encouragement are being provided to parents and families. This
is something beyond the more visible advantages
of therapeutic riding. Living in the world of a disability
often feel lonely and isolating. It is not always easy for friends
with typical children to appreciate what happens when disability enters someone's life. Parents who come to High
find an instant network of others who have children with disabilities.
The opportunities for parent
involvement are boundless at High Hopes. Whether it’s attending
the annual horse show and sharing in the participants’ accomplishments, or making an appointment to meet
with instructors and review the goals
and plan for a rider, parent input is welcomed and cherished.
Many parents become volunteers as a way to get involved and learn
more about “behind-the-scenes” aspects of High Hopes’ operations. Workshops and other opportunities
are also available to parents, and notices of upcoming activities
are posted on the bulletin board in the participants' lounge.
Another little known, but important educational resource for parents and caregivers is the High Hopes library. Located next to our classroom, it is full of books, publications and videos relevant to therapeutic riding, disabilities, horses and equitation.
treasured resources at High Hopes. They are
invaluable as members of our Board of Trustees, as well as
in day-to-day interactions with our instructors and volunteers.
We want High Hopes to be a place where parents can have a break
(albeit brief) from the home routine. For those who
are looking for support, growth or camaraderie, High Hopes offers
that as well. If you would like to use your experience
and talent at High Hopes, please contact Kitty Stalsburg, Executive Director, to discuss the options. Kitty can be reached at
860-434-1974, Ext. 113 or email