“Thank you for helping me be brave,” GallopNYC rider Gabe told Marie, his instructor, after he rose to a new challenge in his riding lesson.
Be brave! That sums up our growth and achievements this year, as we show you in our Annual Report. This past year was a pivotal one for GallopNYC, as we leapt towards our strategic goal of acquiring our first full-time dedicated therapeutic riding sites. We could never have reached such an ambitious goal without our committed, compassionate and courageous funders. Thank you for helping us be brave.
It is with great pleasure that I share our Annual Report covering our fiscal year ended June 30 2016. We continued on our exciting path for growth, driven by demand for our program and by the level of need in NYC for effective services for people with disabilities. Some achievements from our last fiscal year:
- Doubled our ridership while providing full or partial fee waivers to over 80% of our riders, as part of our commitment to serving low-income families
- Mentored five new instructors-in-training – three are now certified and two are on track to become certified early this year
- Won the license to operate Sunrise Stables in Lindenwood, Queens
- Successfully negotiated the purchase of GallopNYC Forest Hills Recognized with the 2016 Mahoney Award for Board Excellence
- Completed community needs assessments with pro bono teams form Capstone and Inspire to understand community needs near Sunrise Stables
- Awarded a Taproot consulting project for Board expansion
- Featured in a NYTimes article by Sarah Maslin Nir (http://gallop.nyc/NirArticle)
But the real achievements are what happens in the arena when a child with disabilities speaks for the first time; or gains new dexterity with her hands; or learns new leadership skills with his horse; or takes newfound confidence back into the classroom. These are the kind of achievements that will soon multiply as we expand and grow. These are the true accomplishments of our brave riders.
With our two new sites, we will quickly move hundreds of children off our waiting list and into the program. We will expand successful pilot projects, such as our leadership program for court-involved youth, into larger programs. We will deepen our commitment to serving low-income families who have a child with a disability – those most in need of our services. None of this would be possible without your brave support and your belief in our mission.
Thank you. And if you haven’t already I hope you will visit our new sites very soon.