Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center


Upcoming Event:

To be announced…

Past Events

9th Annual Night of Caring

For any inquiries email us at info@hiddenacrestrc.org

Centennial Picnic Gala

At our Centennial Picnic Gala this past Sunday, we took the opportunity to dedicate a tree to Althea Simons, Mother of Hidden Acres Executive Director Theron Simons. Althea passed away this year and is greatly missed by the whole Hidden Acres community.

Please enjoy the dedication.

Our sincere thanks to all who contributed to our Centennial Picnic Gala on May 23, 2021 at Hidden Acres Farm.

 Although the turn out was light due to opening to the new normal, it was a beautiful, meaningful, event for the farm and we appreciate the contributions made by those in attendance and many who were unable to attend. That being said, the return to shared time with friends and family was a joy to witness. 

Lovely picnics filled the field and wonderful music and  gorgeous views of nature made for a banner day for all. Congratulations to our 3 winners for most creative, fun and elegant picnic vignettes!  Our thanks to our musicians who filled the air with lovely pastoral music and the volunteers and staff who worked so hard to make it a success! 

We raised over $15,000 to support programs at Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center!  Thank you!

Remember, there is always time to donate to our mission. 

Platinum Sponsors
ION Bank
Attorney Fred Dlugokecki

Gold Sponsor:
Petit Family Foundation

Thank you to our Pledges, Donors and Attendees:
Mary Andersen in Memory of Althea Simons
Robin Bennett and Eric Krueger
Chuck and Beth Boulier
Michelle and Owen Boyle in Memory of Althea Simons
Peter Brochhausen
Thomas Bryk
H. J. Bushka and Sons Lumber
Jeffrey and Denise Clark
Connecticut Dressage Association
Normand and Audrey Cool
Jeffrey and Theresa Cool in Memory of Althea Simons
Joel and Caryn Cookson
Judy DeSousa
Roberta De Fiore
Christian Dowling
Fred and Leslie Dlugokecki
Michael and Ann Feinberg
Matt and Valerie Fortney
Helen Gerrity
Sue Hardy
Yassir Ibrahim
Kelly L’Heureux
Darlene and Augie Lopes
Jeffrey Lownds
Luso Cleaning Service LLC
Bruce and Renee McIntyre Charitable Trust
Harry and Jessica Bassett Mateer
Nancy Matos
Kathy McPadden
Alex Mosty
David and Nancy Nurnberger
John and Petrina Ososki
Palmer/Herman Chiropractic Physicians
Jim and Beth Petronchak
John and Andrea Rodgers in Memory of Althea Simons
Diane Santanelli
Carlos and Melissa Santos
William P. Scanlon
Kathleen and Barry Schacht
Robert and Karen Schiaroli
Christian and Patricia Schumacher
Siefert Associates and Siefert Family
Drs. Elizabeth Whalen and Terry Ryan

In-Kind Donors
Mary Andersen
Broadway Comedy Club
Rebecca Caruso and Jennifer Johnson
Cahoots Media
Herbal Deva LLC
Portraits by Shawnalee Kwashnak
Roberta De Fiore/Music by Roberta
Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center
HTS Construction
Ion Bank Naugatuck
Lock, Stock and Barrel
Nancy Matos
Kathy McPadden
Nature’s Harvest Mulch Company
Nancy Nurnberger
Rifkin Reiki
Bob and Jan Sagendorf
Mary and Theron Simons
The Stress Factory Comedy Club
Terri’s Flower Shop
Wadsworth Atheneum

And thank you to our Board, Staff and Volunteers
who worked so hard to make it a beautiful and meaningful experience.
Special Thanks to Robert DeFiore and The Meriden Arts Trust
and of course our herd of amazing Therapy Horses!

Winter Solstice

We hope you enjoyed our Winter Solstice Celebration on Sunday, December 20th.  If you missed it click on this link and enjoy! We hope you will consider an end of year gift to Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center so that we can continue to offer our programs and mindfulness activities in the New Year!

Day of Giving

Our thanks to all those who joined us on Saturday, October 10, 2020 for a celebration of milestones for Hidden Acres Farm and Therapeutic Riding Center. They helped to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the farm and 10th year as a nonprofit serving the community. This was a rare opportunity to visit the farm and tour our beautiful and healing grounds, gardens and medicine wheel and experience the beauty of Hidden Acres and learn more about our history and vision.

International speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective,  Tiokasin Ghosthorse of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation was invited to share his wisdom and spirit. Special guided family-friendly activities helped to support our mission. 

Thank you to Post University Men’s Hockey Team and Athletic Department for hosting a Cerebral Palsy Fundraiser to Benefit Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center on February 8th!  Our thanks to all who donated, volunteered and attended. Special thanks to Team Captain Lucas Smith for heading up the team effort that raised over $11,000!  

Kentucky Derby Event Cancellation

Due to the Corona Virus outbreak we have cancelled this event. We will reschedule for 2021. Thank you for your understanding. 



2021 Hidden Acres Calendar

$20 for Pickup at Hidden Acres or $25 mailed. Your purchase helps to support programming at Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center.

Packs of 10 Gratitude Bracelets

$10 for Pickup at Hidden Acres or $14 mailed. Your purchase helps to support programming at Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center.

Holiday Shop Items

Click on the Image to Watch a Video from Our Night of Caring

A special thank you to all who made the evening a success!

Lock, Stock and Barrel
HTS Construction Company
Nature’s Harvest Mulch Company
Attorney Frederick A. Dlugokecki
Fitzpatrick, Mariano, Santos and Sousa PC
Ion Bank
J & M Automotive
Measured Soul
New England Brewing Company
Sabo Autobody
The Station Restaurant
Sibby’s Auto
Sullivan’s Jewelers
Terri’s Flower Shop
Verab Nurseries
Bella Winds Woodwind Ensemble

Ana Abramo
All In It’s Place
Amity Gardens
Mary Andersen
Kevin and Nancy Bernard
BackEast Brewing
Rebecca Caruso
Catherine’s Pet Parlor
CT Science Center
Amy Coulter
Alan Del Monte Salon
The Discovery Museum
Amy Enquist
Elm City Tickets
Hartford Yard Goats
Hawk’s Landing Country Club
Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center
HTS Construction Company
Labyrinth Brewing Company
Lock, Stock and Barrel
Portraits by Shawna Lee
Marie’s Jewelry
Nancy Matos & Volunteer Committee
MiJoy 747 Deep Sea Fishing
Yvonne Murry
Nature’s Harvest Mulch Co.
New York Jets
Sean Norton
Gina and Kyle Pawlak
Peach Blossom
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
Elizabeth Piacentini
Fran Posick
Jennie Pratt
Carmelita Rifkin
Rockwell Studio
Santa’s Village
Ryan and Liz Setero
Stony Creek Brewery
Stress Factory Comedy Club
Tree House Brewing Co.
Mary and Theron Simons
Simons Family
Maureen Wadman
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Waterbury Country Club

D & D Liquor
Ion Bank
Deborah Kennedy
Lock, Stock and Barrel
Terri’s Flower Shop  
Verab Greenhouses

Julie Beradi
Mike Caruso
Kevin Cegelka
Ana Abramo
Amy Enquist
Robin Gerber
Darlene Lopes
Maria Monteiro
Nancy Matos
John & Andrea Rogers
Liz Setero
and Hidden Acres Staff

Laura Cegelka
Jordan Cohen
Barbara Cowan
Barbara DeBisschop
Kyle Gabris
Elizabeth Grimaldi
Kayla Hannish
Susan Johnson
Tyler Kielb
Mallory Kochiss
Augie Lopes
Jenna McCarthy
Ann Mendilla
Colleen Mulvehill
Raquel Nitkowski
Kelly O’Donnell
Aurora Proulx
Jesse Richard
Ryan Setaro
Tom Strange
Special THANKS to the amazing ION Bank Team
and all of our new Post University Volunteers

Theron Simons
Mary Simons
Peter LaTronica
Kathy LaTronica
Atty. Fred Dlugokecki
Lara Gardner, DVM
Deb Morrow

Theron and Mary Simons ~ Executive Directors
Rebecca Caruso ~ Clinical Program Director
Angela Kennedy ~ Program Director & Volunteer Coordinator
Amy Coulter ~ Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Nancy Moore ~ Barn Manager and Carriage Riding Instructor
Nina Levenduski and Jenna McCarthy ~ Barn Staff
Mary Andersen ~ Director of Development
Kellie Santiago ~ Events Coordinator

Past Events

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