Health—General & Rehabilitative

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

  • Old Lyme, CT
  • www.highhopestr.org

Mission Statement

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.

Through our year round therapeutic riding and horsemanship programs, High Hopes offers opportunities for skill building and achievement to individuals of all ages who face a multitude of challenges each day: a young adult dealing with mental illness, a child challenged by physical disability, a troubled teen who has been moved from foster home to foster home, a parent recovering from a stroke and the caregiver overwhelmed by stress and worry. The High Hopes experience combines the healing power of the human-animal bond with targeted and attainable goals reached through individualized equine assisted activities.

Main Programs

  1. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Participants in our equine facilitated therapies are primarily from Southeastern Connecticut.  We also serve individuals from throughout the US and Internationally through our Instructor Training Program.

ruling year

1979

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Kitty Stalsburg

Keywords

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Disabilities, disabled, therapeutic riding, physical therapy, education, training, animals, horses

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Also Known As

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

EIN

06-0987749

 Number

1621347916

Physical Address

36 Town Woods Road

Old Lyme, CT 06371

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Annually, High Hopes serves more than 1,500 people. Throughout the year we offer day and evening therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults with cognitive, physical, psychological and developmental disabilities ages 3-84.  In addition to individuals, participants include an active veterans program, groups from local school districts, and day programs, group homes and military families from surrounding communities.  A key component of our programs is the integrated team approach that includes the services of licensed physical, occupational, expressive arts and speech therapists.

 

Our carriage driving program provides those who are too disabled, heavy or frail, or who choose not to ride, with the chance to work in harmony with a horse and to acquire an equine skill. Beyond the physical benefits of improved balance and upper body strength, the mastery of the basic skills needed in driving encourages self-confidence while fostering relationships built on mutual respect and trust. Our unmounted Equine Learning Program also serves participants who want to work with horses but cannot or choose not to ride. Each student learns about horse care and barn management and is provided with an individualized training program based on their interests, skills and specific disability.  High Hopes also offers an inclusive summer camp where children with and without disabilities participate together.
 

We also serve as a training and education center for prospective therapeutic riding instructors. We are one of only six centers in the country approved to offer the PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Instructor Training Course. Students come from all over the United States and abroad and their presence enriches our programs much like resident doctors do in a teaching hospital.
 
Nearly 700 volunteers are an essential part of daily life at our center. High Hopes is able to provide the highest quality of services to such a large participant base thanks to the outpouring of volunteer support we receive.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Programs

High Hopes programs serve people with physical, behavioral, and developmental disabilities. These programs include therapeutic riding, carriage driving, unmounted Equine Learning Programs and other equine facilitated activities. In addition, we manage over 600 volunteers and offer structured volunteer opportunities for disadvantaged populations. High Hopes offers the PATH Intl approved Instructor Training Course to students from all over the world who wish to become certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors. Our goal is to prepare individuals to plan and implement safe, effective therapeutic riding classes. As a presenter of the Instructor Training Course, High Hopes has met and exceeded stringent requirements for the content and methods of presentation. High Hopes is affiliated with Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut. The High Hopes Instructor Training Course is offered as an option for students as part of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Management. Continuing education is part of the culture of High Hopes, and we offer workshops, lectures and riding clinics throughout the year. Many of these activities are available not only to our Instructor Training Students, but to our participants, their families, volunteers, staff and members of the community.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$1,180,274.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Program Goals
    High Hopes will maintain a strong leadership role within the field of Equine Assisted Activities
    and Therapies (EAAT) through the continued evolution and innovation of program services, ,
    providing high quality, individualized programming. High Hopes will expand training and education activities that are impactful to the field on a local, national and international level.

    Infrastructure
    High Hopes will ensure that human and equine resources are positioned to support its programs into the future. High Hopes will ensure that its facility, land use and technology needs are positioned to support its programs into the future.

    Finance Goal
    High Hopes will create a robust financial model which will support program growth and innovation into the future.

    Governance Goal
    High Hopes will ensure that a governance structure is in place which supports a strong and diversified board capable of providing the leadership needed to fulfill the mission.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Program Action Steps
    Examine current program services and design new offerings which will optimize existing resources while providing participants with enhanced experiences. Pilot satellite activities and, if found feasible, incorporate into High Hopes' long term plan. Expand training and education activities to include distance education and the development of High Hopes branded courses , thereby providing
    a reliable revenue stream in support of High Hopes operations.

    Infrastructure Action Step
    Conduct organizational inquiries and capacity analysis to identify constraints in all areas
    and respond by developing and implementing an optimal resource model.

    Finance Action Steps
    Analyze present and future projected expenses to identify and implement ways to increase efficiency and increase potential savings. Develop recommendations to address funding gaps including optimization of the fee structure and scholarship policies , expanded fund development efforts and
    identification of new revenue generating activities.

    Governance Action Steps
    Examine current structure, policies and practices of the Board and committees to ensure that the
    composition and activities of the Board are aligned with the needs of the organization. Increase engagement of staff and trustees in fund development activities through ongoing education, preparation and training. Increase diversity on committees and the Board to increase community involvement and to support a culture of innovation and philanthropy.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Participants in our equine facilitated therapies are primarily from Southeastern Connecticut.  We also serve individuals from throughout the US and Internationally through our Instructor Training Program.

Funding Needs

To keep our fees affordable High Hopes underwrites 75% of all lessons and provide an additional direct scholarship award to 51% of our participants.  Contributed income accounts for 73% of High Hopes revenue.

Accreditations

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association - Accreditation

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

HIGH HOPES THERAPEUTIC RIDING INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Kitty Stalsburg

BIO

Kitty Stalsburg is the Executive Director of High Hopes and has an extensive background in therapeutic riding and is a Path Intl. certified Master Instructor. Her vision for High Hopes is that it will serve the community with innovative programs of the highest quality as well as share its knowledge and expertise with the therapeutic riding profession through a culture and practice of excellence in Training & Education.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Cheryl Kelly Heffernan

Community Volunteer

Term: Oct 2011 - Oct 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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