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Therapeutic horsemanship uses the pleasures and skills of horseback riding and horse knowledge to build developmental, emotional, social, and physical skills for each individual rider.
Under the direction of a PATH International certified instructor, supported by trained volunteers, each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvements in life skills. Through weekly sessions, we help riders walk, talk, learn, and have FUN! We also offer hippotherapy services.
Therapeutic horsemanship means learning to ride a horse. But it means much more – it means building a bond with a horse, learning to care for a horse, understanding how horses perceive the world and respond to people, and being a leader to a horse.
Meet our Talented Staff!
Alicia first volunteered for therapeutic riding in Hong Kong in 1998. She is a retired attorney who grew up with horses. In 2005, she took a training course in starting a therapeutic riding program at Winslow and is a Certified PATH INTL Instructor. She is an Auxiliary Mounted NY City Parks Enforcement Patrol Officer. She also serves on the Board of the Fund for Women in Asia and the Women’s Foundation (Hong Kong) and the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Divinity School. Ms Kershaw does not receive compensation for her services. She has a JD from Yale Law School and a BA from Williams College.
James found GallopNYC as a volunteer in October 2010, and joined our staff full-time as of January 2014, in the newly created position of Director of Operations. James has an extensive background in retail; both buying and planning, full-line department store and off-price. His love of horses goes back to his hometown in Texas, where his father taught him to ride and rope. James holds a Bachelor of Science, Agribusiness and a Master of Science, Marketing from Texas A&M. He is in the process of becoming a PATH Intl. certified instructor, and enjoys photography in his spare time.
Virginia joined GallopNYC in September 2015. A creative and results-driven non-profit professional with passion, drive and vision, Virginia has more than 15 years
experience leading non-profits to influence the business sector to adopt more sustainable practices. M.A. New York University, Gallatin School, B.A. Furman University. Virginia’s work experience includes the Brooklyn YWCA, the New School, BSR and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Virginia is married with three children, a Master’s level swimmer and Sporadic triathlete and marathoner and a passionate but mediocre tennis player. She’s also an avid ballet fan.
Bonnie joined the GallopNYC team in January 2016. She grew up riding and loving horses in rural southeastern Ohio and is so happy to have the opportunity to reconnect with this part of her life here in New York City. Bonnie previously coordinated a city-wide Travel Training program, teaching adults with disabilities independent travel skills. Bonnie has an MSW, with a focus on Organizational Management and Leadership, from Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work. She has a BS in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College. In her spare time, Bonnie enjoys traveling and live music and she is an avid reader.
Amanda Gallo found GallopNYC in 2015 as a volunteer. She loved volunteering so much that she is now a PATH Intl. certified instructor. Amanda grew up in San Diego, CA where she rode competitively on the Hunter/Jumper circuit. She started riding at 9 years old and has over 22 years of experience owning horses. She came to NYC after graduating college with a BA in Fashion Merchandising. Amanda has over 12 years of experience working as an Account Executive in both the fashion industry and in advertising. Today she is delighted to apply her creativity toward a more fulfilling role as GallopNYC’s Marketing and Communications Manager.
Max Marinoff joined GallopNYC full-time in May 2016 as a Development Associate. His interest in fundraising, grant writing, and non-profit organizations began while assisting the development department at the Brooklyn Historical Society. He loves writing, and enjoys thinking about the best way to craft a narrative that promotes an organization and accurately tells its story. A lifelong New Yorker, he has a passion for City history, culture and lore. Max received a BA in Political Science from the Evergreen State College in WA. He is an avid music listener and tasty cheap food seeker in his spare time.
Beth McReynolds grew up in the hills of rural Virginia, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. While in school, she worked in the Education Department at Sea World of Florida and the Entertainment Department at Universal Studios Florida. Beth moved to New York after completing college, and worked in the Entertainment Advertising Department at the New York Times. She joined the Knickerbocker Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and was appointed Project Patriot Chairman. This position brought about work with Veterans’ issues. Beth discovered GallopNYC while investigating programs for Veterans. Beth volunteered with GallopNYC to learn about the program and immediately fell in love. She ound happiness and purpose through GallopNYC and what began as volunteering became a career. Besides GallopNYC, Beth’s favorite things are horses, history and marathon walks.
Yasmin Nagi is working with GallopNYC as a Civic Corps member and started in September 2016. She graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor degree in International Studies in June 2016. Yasmin’s love for animals initiated at a very young age, she started riding horses in Sana’a, Yemen when she was only 5 years old, and ever since she loved being around horses. After serving with Civic Corps, Yasmin is hoping to continue traveling around the world and start a non-profit organization to help the underprivileged civilians of the United states and the Middle East.NY
Helen Chiu is a retired Ward Manager in Hong Kong and she is a NYC Civic Corps/Americorps member serving GallopNYC since September 2016. She has extensive experiences in helping people with disabilities and caring for carers. She loves going to parks, having outdoor activities as well as doing meditation.
Cheyenne joined GallopNYC in July 2016 through the Mission Continues, a fellowship program for Veterans. She previously served in the Navy for four years. She was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and worked as an aircraft mechanic onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. During this time she participated in “mini” deployments, spending 3 – 6 weeks at a time in the Atlantic Ocean all along the eastern coast of the United States. When Cheyenne joined the Navy, she looked forward to college after her service, and is now a Senior at Berkley College and will soon graduate with a BA in Management.
Lillian Jimenez volunteered with GallopNYC for a while before learning enough to help train, exercise and take care of the GallopNYC horses. She loves working for an organization which does so much to help people, and combining that with her love of horses, and in the middle of a big city like NYC. Lily loves the opportunity to work/volunteer with GallopNYC.
Sarah-Jane Casey was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand where she rode competitively from age 8 to 20 in the sport of Eventing, Show Jumping and Dressage. Between 1995-1998 She placed third in New Zealand at the Bell Tea 3 Day Event in Taupo, rode and Captained both the New Zealand Pony Club Championship Team for Eventing and Dressage. In 1999 a move to Sydney to pursue acting eventually brought her to New York in 2001. She resumed teaching and riding in 2004 at Claremont Riding Academy in NYC, primarily teaching Dressage and Jumping. It was at Claremont in 2005 that she began teaching Therapeutic Horse Riding. She joined Gallop NYC in 2007 and has been working solely as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor for Gallop NYC since 2009, obtaining her PATH International Advanced Certification in 2014. Sarah-Jane currently heads the PATH Int’l Mentor training for new Instructors for GallopNYC and is the Instructor Manager.
Courtney Clifford began working with GallopNYC as a volunteer in February 2014. A life long horse lover, she grew up riding on Long Island. She completed her PATH Intl. Certification as a Riding Instructor in 2016. With a decade of corporate training experience, Courtney loves leading group workshops. She received an Advanced Diploma from NYU in Leadership Coaching. She is a trained presenter and can be seen on-camera hosting interviews at various events in the city. She is the co-founder of Spiritual Socialites a digital platform and community that connects conscious New Yorkers through inspiring stories and events.
Dana joined GallopNYC in 2010 as a volunteer and immediately fell in love with the organization. She decided to become even more involved, and in 2016 joined our family as a certified instructor. When she is not teaching lessons, Dana can be found taking trapeze classes, writing the next big adventure, volunteering for other organizations and enjoying time with friends and family.
Amanda Gallo found GallopNYC in 2015 as a volunteer. She loved volunteering so much that she is now in the process of becoming a PATH Intl. certified instructor. Amanda started riding at 9 years old and has over 22 years of experience owning horses. she spent her youth riding competitively. Amanda started her horse show career in Florida on the AQHA circuit, where she showed under western pleasure and english equitation. After moving to California, she discovered jumping was her real passion and she quickly switched over the the Hunter/Jumper circuit. Amanda came to NYC after graduating college with a BA in Fashion Merchandising.
Leslie Lewis joined Gallop NYC as a volunteer in October 2015. Born and raised in Toronto Ontario, Leslie moved to NYC in 2014 for a career in animal welfare. With a background riding in hunter/jumper and on the OUEA (Ontario University Equestrian Association) circuit, Leslie is thrilled to have found GallopNYC and a place to indulge her passion for all things equine within the Big Apple.
GallopNYC is led by a Board of Directors, assisted by a Council of Advisors and a Rising Professional Group. Interested in joining our leadership? Contact Alicia (above).
Click here for our list of Advisors, eminent supporters including equestrians, medical professionals, educators and parents
These lovely, patient animals are the key to GallopNYC’s uniquely effective program. All are at the end of their careers and most are rescues. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of horse care, and have won awards and grants for our work with horses.
Mocha is a rescued horse. He is a 15 year old bay gelding with a calm and sweet temperament. Mocha is healthy and pretty but a bit arthritic, and has a high wither. This makes him a perfect Therapeutic Riding horse – after all no one at GallopNYC is perfect!
Mocha was homeless and faced an uncertain future, perhaps even a kill auction.
We were able to adopt Mocha with the combined efforts of GallopNYC, the NYC Parks Department and Equine Rescue Resource
At GallopNYC we are delighted to have such a great therapeutic horse AND be part of the effort to protect horses in NYC.
Cinnamon is a sweet little pony who was injured and blinded in one eye. Jamaica Bay Riding Academy generously donated her to GallopNYC. She has a gentle willing temperament and is well trained, so she is popular with our more advanced riders as well as our beginners.
Gracie is on lease from the International Riding Camp. She’s a sweet pony who is doing a lot of Hippotherapy because she has a peppy pace!
Pride new rescue horse from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. He was raced and earned a whopping $12,728 – he wasn’t very fast! But that makes him all the more wonderful as a therapy horse. He is BIG and sweet, and we are training him with plans to put him to work in our Spring Session.
Zest joined us from a stable where he was under occupied. He’s a beautiful Morgan Haflinger cross and a big favorite among our riders. He’s sturdy and can carry a lot of weight. He’s needed a few manners on the lead but we are training him and he’s a great addition to our team.
Shown with rider Lauren Reischer, Trusty is a gorgeous Hanoverian who was a competitive dressage horse. His owner Judith Sloan is a member of our Council of Advisors. When decided to retire him, she thought we might like him. We love him!
Patience is another pony we are leasing from The International Riding Camp, because Gracie reccommended her. She’s a lovely hardworking little pony.
GallopNYC works with Chris Irwin, an international horse expert, to provide the best possible standards of horsemanship to our herd.
GallopNYC offers lessons at six NYC locations, four in NYC Parks.
GallopNYC (Sunrise Stables, Lindenwood)
80-98 Linden Blvd.
Howard Beach, Queens NY 11414
GallopNYC (Forest Hills)
8803 70th Road
Forest Hills, NY 11375
GallopNYC (Prospect Park, Brooklyn)
Bowling Green, Kermit Place and Coney Island Ave
GallopNYC (Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn)
Jamaica Bay Riding Academy
7000 Shore Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11234
GallopNYC (Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx)
Bronx Equestrian Center
9 Shore Rd.
The Bronx, NY 10464-1007