About High Horses

about-pageHigh Horses Therapeutic Riding Program has been serving residents of the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont since 1993. We were the first program in Vermont whose standards met the demanding criteria to attain “Premier Accreditation” by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.).

PATH logoFrom PATH Internationals inception in 1969, members have focused on the establishment of guidelines to ensure that participants receive the best possible instruction and that centers adhere to the highest quality standards.

Premier Accreditation Criteria:

  • Safety of all participants, maintenance of facility and grounds
  • Instructors are well trained & know emergency procedures
  • Equine welfare and management, which includes equipment & care
  • Program goal/outcome is for the participant to gain ability in all areas of life
  • Organization uses best business practices and is well run and organized

igh Horses indoor ridingOur trained and professional staff, volunteers, and horses work as a team to provide individualized lessons addressing the physical, emotional, social and cognitive challenges of seniors, veterans, teens, adults and children with varying abilities. Each rider’s unique strengths and needs are carefully considered. This distinctive experience of achievement, joy, and community inspires and empowers everyone involved.

High Horses man riderOur Mission

To improve the well being of people with special needs through a therapeutic equine experience.

Our Vision

We aspire to offer state-of-the-art equine assisted therapies, providing a full range of services to our community. As a nationally accredited program, we help shape the future of our industry.

Our Values

High Horses adheres to the values of teamwork, integrity, respect, empathy, and joyfulness in all that we do.

High Horses On Video

Here is a brief video of High Horses facility. We are very excited to finally have a home of our very own. 2017 celebrates 25 years that High Horses has been serving the Upper Valley. Since this video was taken, High Horses has added fencing to the outdoor ring and had the roof of the indoor arena painted. The video was made by Mountain Graphics Jim Mauchly.

Dartmouth students Anna Davies, Janice Tam, Kemi Mugo, and Tsomo Cuomaoji produced this video illustrating the relationship our organization has with nature. They beautifully captured the connections our staff and riders have to horses.

High Horses On The Radio

Hear about the programs High Horses provides on the radio program, The Point.


UpperValleyMagazineHigh Horses In Print

High Horses was featured in Upper Valley Life magazine. Read about our program as a resource for children with autism in the article High Horses: A Smile, A Horse, and Autism.

Here is an article written by our Program Director, Sue Miller that was published in 4 Legs and a Tail about some of the wisdom our therapy horses have imparted. What the Therapy Horses Have Shared.

High Horses Collaborates with these fine charities & businesses:

Collaborations to enhance impact – It’s more than just a ride.

• WISE provides advocacy, crisis services, and community education to those affected by domestic and sexual violence Getting WISE with High Horses

• VAMC: Veteran Affairs Medical Center serving veterans: Equine Services for Heroes

• The Junction: LISTEN’s Teen Life skills Center – Leadership Skills with Horses

• Tuck School Of Business @ Dartmouth

• VT Equine Services for Heroes: High Horses, CHAMP, Rhythm of the Rein, Southern VT Therapeutic Center serving veterans throughout Vermont and neighboring states

• TRAIN: Therapeutic Riding Assessment of Impact Network – High Horses, High Hopes, UpReach, Southern VT Therapeutic Riding Center – working towards measuring outcomes in therapeutic riding

• Special Needs Collaboration: High Horses, Spark!, Global Campuses, Special Needs Support Center, Zack’s Place: building a unified consortium that better understands and addresses the needs of our constituents

High Horses History


Our Board Members:

Pat Tivnan, Chair, a retired IBM executive, spent 30 years in various engineering management positions. Pat has served as Board President of North Country SPCA and Chair of the planning board in Essex, NY, Board VP/Treasurer Chittenden County Humane Society and the District Act 250 Commissioner for Chittenden County, VT. She is an active volunteer at High Horses and VINS. Pat lives in North Sutton, NH, and her hobbies include tennis, boating, and birdwatching.

Margot Holmes, Vice Chair

Gabbie Black, Secretary, a Licensed Realtor in NH and VT, came to High Horses in 2005 when her youngest daughter was obsessed with the (out of print book series) Pony Pals and wanted to start riding. Being on the Autism Spectrum, Klarey had to read each book in order. Thank goodness for E-bay! A decade later Klarey excitedly looks forward to seeing her friends each spring and diligently practices for the annual horse show. The family’s most heartfelt (and tear filled) moment with High Horses was at the first Special Olympics. The soloist did not show up for the opening, there was a scramble for a singer and Klarey stepped up to the microphone and sang a beautifully touching rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Chris Axten – Treasurer

Wendy Barclay

Ashley Miller, MD, FAAP, a NH native and a VT convert who came to the Upper Valley for medical school and never left. A community pediatrician, she brings medical knowledge to the board necessary to facilitate the understanding of many of our riders’ needs. Through her national board work in the American Academy of Pediatrics she has had practice running and participating in efficient executive and advisory committees and advocating for kids! An avid equestrian since age 6, and a current eventer, Ashley has been fully invested in High Horses and their mission since giving her grand rounds as a graduating resident on therapeutic riding and hippotherapy at DHMC. She was thrilled to join the board 2014.

Bradford Prescott has been an Architect for over 25 years and practicing throughout the US. Prior to joining Banwell Architects in Lebanon, he worked in NY City and the Boston area. His diversified project experience includes education, healthcare, municipal, retail and residential work. He is licensed to practice architecture in 14 states including all of New England and is an AIA member and NCARB Certificate holder. He is the former Chairman of the Plympton Town Complex Study Committee, Secretary of the Plympton Open Space Committee and an Eagle Scout. Bradford recently moved to South Woodstock, Vermont with his wife, Christa where they enjoy riding their horses and hiking the hills with their dogs.

Colin Skinner is a Manager in the Department of Value Reporting and Analytics at DHMC. Previously he was Clinical Operations Manager at M2S, Inc., a small company specializing in pre-and post-operative vascular planning software. Colin graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a BS in Business Management and a MBA in Health Practice Management. His prior board experience includes being part of the Board of Directors of New England Soaring Association. In addition to his passion for equestrian sports, Colin is an avid runner and pilot. Colin resides with his wife and daughter in Plainfield, New Hampshire.

Richard Sachs

Dan Willis

Tuck Board Fellows:

Katie Hill

Maria Milleville