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


  • Safeline: Works to end physical, emotional, and sexual violence against women and children through direct service, education, advocacy, and social change


  • 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.


Linda Donley, Vice Chair, moved to Vermont in 1985 from the Boston area where she worked as a corporate legal assistant at EG&G, Inc., a United States national defense contractor.  During her 30 plus years in beautiful Vermont she co-founded, and owned, two successful businesses which were sold and are still operating gainfully under new ownership.  Presently Linda and her husband own and manage commercial real estate through their investment/development company LBK Properties. Linda enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, taking trips on their BMW LT1200, traveling, baking, and last but not least her riding lessons at High Horses.

Wendy Barclay, Secretary

Chris Axten – Treasurer

Bob Donin, is a retired attorney and a resident of Hanover, N.H.  From 2000 to 2017 he served as General Counsel of Dartmouth College.  As Dartmouth’s principal legal officer, he provided legal guidance and representation to the Board of Trustees and the President and to administrators, faculty and staff on a broad range of legal issues including nonprofit governance, student affairs, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance.  He also supervised Dartmouth’s Office of Visa and Immigration Services.

Prior to being appointed Dartmouth’s chief counsel, Bob served as Deputy General Counsel of Harvard University.  

A graduate of Colgate University, Bob received a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an LL.M. from the University of London, where he was a Fulbright/Hays Scholar in International Law.

Before joining the legal staff at Harvard, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C., firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard & McPherson (subsequently merged with DLA Piper).

From 2012 to 2015, Bob served as a director of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).  In June 2018 he was elected a Life Member of NACUA.

He currently serves as chair of the board of directors of Kendal at Hanover, a continuing care retirement community.


Alex Keats

Maryann Caron

Laurie Hudson


Colin Skinner is the Director of Business Planning and Strategy at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital’s Multi-Specialty Clinic in Lebanon, NH. Prior to Alice Peck Day, Colin was Manager, Value Reporting and Analytics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Colin is a graduate of Franklin Pierce University with a BS in Business Management and a MBA in Health Practice Management. Prior to joining the HHTR Board in 2015, Colin was a member of the Board of Directors of New England Soaring Association, and also serves as Secretary and Treasurer. 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 is a retired physician.  He received his M.D. degree from New York University and did his further medical training in Boston where he became Board Certified in Internal Medicine.  He practiced adult primary care for thirty years in Massachusetts. After retiring to the Upper Valley he served several years as the appointed Deputy Health Officer for the town of Grantham, New Hampshire.

Dr. Sachs began volunteering at High Horses soon after retirement and has been a regular in the barn and the arena for nearly twelve years. He is also a client, riding weekly in the Grey Horses program.

He is a long term volunteer at VINS in Quechee where, for several years, he has been feeding and handling the resident owls, hawks and eagles. His other pursuits include nature and editorial photography, and helping to publish his community’s magazine.

He lives in Grantham, New Hampshire with Jane, his wife of forty two years, and their canine companion, Angus.