About Us

New Heights Therapy Center is the premier therapeutic equestrian center dedicated to positively impacting lives through the healing power of the horse.

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Program Information

New Heights is proud to offer numerous programs designed to meet each rider's needs. Our programs include therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, horse masters, a veterans program, and field trips.

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We truly value our hardworking volunteers! We have flexible volunteer opportunities available.  No horse experience is necessary.  Come help us make a difference in the lives of the people we serve!

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We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. When you donate to New Heights you help us provide equine assisted activities and therapies to participants at little or no cost to them.  Thank you for your support of our mission!

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Blue logo of a person on horse that says Premier Accredited Center PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International)


Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Logo in Blue and Gold

Oscar Judah Tolmas was a lifelong resident of New Orleans, a Veteran of WWII, and an attorney and real estate developer.  Horse racing was a passion of Mr. Tolmas.  In his last will and testament, he formed the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust to help charitable organizations fulfill their missions. His legacy and generosity will live on in the hearts of many.

New Heights gratefully acknowledges the enormous support of the Oscar J. Tolmas Foundation whose continued support has propelled our mission and enabled so many adults and children with cognitive, physical, and emotional challenges to experience the healing power of the horse.



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This is New Heights
  • Photo of rider on horse   photo of a New Height's female child rider on horse celebrating   Photo of a brown and white horse   New Heights volunteer in pink shirt grooming a cream colored horse's mane with a purple comb
  •    New Heights Rider with smile on her face looking at a caramel colored horse   New Heights rider of the Veterans Program sitting on green grass with a brown and white horse in the background   Photo of inside the New Heights stables   New Heights rider in helmet and pink shirt with three female volunteers clapping during a therapy session   Photo of a dark brown horse
  • A New Heights volunteer with a brown and white horse behind her   A young New Heights rider in a black polo shirt and red, white, and blue helmet celebrating after winning two ribbons   A New Heights rider helping wash a dark brown horse with a New Heights volunteer   An older New Heights rider completing a therapy session on a brown and white horse with a male New Heights volunteer

  • I have noticed a strength in his abdominal and arm muscles that wasn't there before.

    Yvonne Sturm, RN - Nurse of a New Heights rider.
  • At eight weeks one of her doctors said she’s never going to walk, she’ll probably be in a wheel chair early on, just let’s be realistic. I don’t do realistic very well. For Maddie, she has Spina Bifida, so mobility, balance, coordination, everything you can imagine has been affected through hippotherapy. I get to see a little miracle every single day because everything that she does at this point is just icing on a very sweet cake. It kind of teaches you that anything’s possible.

    Selina Gilliland - Maddie's Mother
  • Walker is 20 years old and he has been riding since he was five. He has something called Fragile X Syndrome and it causes developmental disabilities, sensory dysfunction and attention issues. It really gives him confidence. It really gives him a sense that he is good at something and that he has worth. You want him to have a rich, full life.

    Mary Ann Haase - Walker's Mother
  • We are constantly amazed at the difference this therapy has made in my balance and ability to walk. I can sit high in the saddle and feel like I am in control...and that is a wonderful feeling. I am walking with much less effort and help. Not only has New Heights helped me physically, but more so, they have helped me spiritually.

    Joe - 66 Year Old Rider at New Heights

New Heights Volunteers!

We released this week's volunteer schedule. Please click on the link to view the PDF.

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Donate to New Heights

When you donate to New Heights you are helping us positively impact lives through the healing power of the horse. Your donations help us provide services to children and adults with special needs at little or no cost to them. New Heights Therapy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax exempt to the full extent of the law. Thank you for your support!

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