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

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.


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 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

Tuck Board Fellows:

Katie Hill

Maria Milleville