A Statement from Executive Director James Wilson Regarding COVID-19

Founders and Emeritus Board Members

GallopNYC was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2005. During the 2007-08 academic year, GallopNYC began lessons with one instructor, ten participants, and about fifteen regular volunteers.  

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Andrea Anderson Equine Artist/Rider Founder
Richard Billson Parent of GallopNYC rider.Attorney. Former Vice President, Marketing for Zurich Insurance. Board member of Hawthorne Country Day School (special needs). Brooklyn Resident. Board Member 2012-2017
Linda Bogin Equestrienne Board Member 2007-2012
Rose Bonamusa Retired Business Owner. Equestrienne. Founder
David Ciriello Advisory Services KPMG LLP. Active with The Samaritans, Camp Sunshine, and other child service organizations. Active member of the Advisory Board for the Hudson Union Society. Board Member 2009–2011
Kelly Darby Founder. Equestrienne.  Founder 2005
Art Goldberg Founder. Owner, Fair Hill Farm.  Founder 2005
Ben Goldberg Founder; PATH Int’l Advanced Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Fair Hill Farm.  Founder 2005
Maggie Kulik Founder; Graphic Artist. Equestrian.  Founder 2005
Allan F. Kramer, III Retired research editor and trade publisher. Full time volunteer at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Member of many not-for-profit boards in Brooklyn.   MS from Pratt in Information Sciences. Board Member 2008–2012
Derek Manwaring Worldwide Marketing Director, Colgate Palmolive. Fifteen years of global experience in consumer product marketing. Parent of two, including a child with disabilities who benefits from hippotherapy. Board Member 2012–2017
Suzanne Marquard Retired Prudential Executive, attorney, equestrienne and philanthropist. Winner of Equus Foundation Humanitarian Award. A.B Radcliffe College. J.D. Fordham University. Board Member 2012–2019, Chair 2014-2019
Soledad Mills CEO, Equitable Origin. Master of International Affairs, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs. Therapeutic Riding volunteer and instructor since 2005. Avid rider and former horse owner Board Member 2015-2018
Leslie Jensen Founder, Steering Committee, 2005. Rising Professionals Group.  Founder
Natalia Kory Technology executive at JP Morgan Chase and former Chief Technology and Product Officer at Clarient Global LLC, a DTCC company. An accomplished executive with demonstrated success in building strategies, managing global IT organization, and directing technology innovation. Passionate about helping people with disabilities fulfill their potential. Board Member 2017-2019
Lisa Paige Former trader on Wall Street who retired to raise a family. Member of the New York Advisory Board for Facing History and Ourselves. Active in various fundraising and community organizations. 2018 -2019
Alexis Papageorge Parent of three children, including a GallopNYC rider. Brooklyn transplant from California. MD SUNY Downstate. Pediatrician at Soho Pediatric Group. Horse lover since horse camp as a kid. Board Member 2014 – 2016.
Sheila Patel Partner, Goldman Sachs. Member of the Women in Leadership Initiative at Princeton University. Horse owner. Board Member 2011-2018
David Reis KellerWilliamsNYC Residential and Commercial Property Salesperson. MD, in consultative cardiology practice. Board Member 2017
Jean Smith Development Professional. Horseback rider. Board Member 2012-2014
Sharlene Sylvia Deloitte Tax LLP, Tax Senior Manager, National Federal Tax SolutionsLong time volunteer with New York Cares including work with people with disabilities Member of AICPA; New York Road Runners Board Member 2014
Boriana Tchobanova Vice President, Strategic Planning and Analytics, American Express.MBA and BS, University of New Orleans. Member of board of directors of NYCFNAC (New York City Financial Network Action Consortium). Fluent in several languages. Avid tennis player. Board Member 2010-2013
Vince Smith Halstead Property, Village Office. Vince has served in executive capacities for a number of Manhattan Fortune 50 companies including American Express, Pfizer and Citibank. He was a member of the Wharton Advisory Panel of Executives. A thoroughbred horse owner and member of two racing syndicates, Vince enjoys a passion for the sport, from the visits to the stables to the experience of having 3 horses compete in the Breeder’s Cup. Board Member 2009-2016
Kim Walker Director of Direct Mail fundraising for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Member of the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation Advisory Council. Horse owner. Board Member 2008-2015
Brett Whysel Managing Director, U.S. Public Finance and Infrastructure Banking Group, BMO Capital Markets, specializing in quantitative analytics and strategy in Public Finance. Avid photographer.  Board Member 2008–2012
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GallopNYC FY18 Audited Financials

Our Staff

GallopNYC’s talented and passionate employees are motivated by the sense of purpose that comes with our mission and programs.  Many of our staff first started their career at GallopNYC as a volunteer.

Board of Directors

GallopNYC is led by a Board of Directors dedicated to our mission. Our talented Board of Directors are professionals with accomplishments in business, government, professional services, and philanthropy.

Advisory Council

Our Council of Advisors are eminent supporters of our therapeutic programing, consisting of avid equestrians, medical professionals, educators, parents, and a wide variety of advisors.

Founders & Emeritus Board

GallopNYC was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2005. During the 2007-08 academic year, GallopNYC began lessons with one instructor, ten participants, and about fifteen regular volunteers.

Rising Professionals

Our Rising Professional Group help to make GallopNYC events a fun and memorable occasion.  They are dedicated to organizing, planning, and fundraising for events and activities that support our riders.

2017 CHAR500
2017 GallopNYC 990 and CHAR 500
2017 Signed 990 CHAR 500 and Audited Fin(3)

Volunteer in Lessons

Volunteers play a very important role in our therapeutic riding lessons. In fact, we can’t have lessons without you. Volunteers support our riders during therapeutic riding sessions by sidewalking with riders and leading our horses.

Barn Work

Taking care of horses sure is a lot of work! We need volunteers to help us with all kinds of tasks from horse care, barn management, feeding, and even cleaning stalls. 

Site Leader

As a Site Leader, you will assist instructors to ensure that on-site activities operate smoothly, especially with regards to volunteers, riders, staff, and any other on-site personnel. 

Paddock Master

Make a difference and help our lessons run better. Paddock Masters volunteers are designated to assist instructors during therapeutic riding sessions by ensuring horses are tacked and ready for use, and all necessary equipment is available to allow lessons to proceed in a timely fashion.

Clerical Volunteer

Like to stay indoors? We need volunteers to help GallopNYC staff with office work and to ensure that on-site activities operate smoothly, especially with regards to volunteers, riders, and any other on-site personnel.

Volunteer Community

Become a member of GallopNYC’s volunteer community – The Turnout! The Turnout is a social club for volunteers to connect with one another through hands on experience, learning and good times. Deepen your therapeutic riding and horse knowledge, and stay abreast of all the volunteer events!

Therapeutic Riding

GallopNYC brings the proven benefits of therapeutic horsemanship to provide measurable benefits for people with developmental, emotional, social, and physical challenges.  Through weekly riding sessions with PATH-certified instructors, we help riders learn new skills, inspiring each one to live life as fully, productively and independently as possible.


GallopNYC provides horsemanship leadership programs to veterans free of charge. Therapeutic horsemanship is effective with veterans for both physical and emotional rehabilitation. GallopNYC’s therapeutic horsemanship program for veterans focuses on interactions with horses and builds upon improving personal decision-making and self-regulation.


GallopNYC offers a free program for local seniors, 65 and older. Participants have the opportunity to socialize, mingle, learn new skills, work with our horses, and volunteer with our riders.  This program focuses on groundwork and techniques in leadwalking and sidewalking, to better assist our riders during therapeutic riding lessons.


In Hippotherapy, a licensed physical therapist works with each child while the child is riding. The therapist is trained in using a horse as a physical therapy tool. The therapists work independently with GallopNYC’s assistance.


GallopNYC has developed an innovative program to help young people transition to work, by developing specific job skills needed for gainful employment.

Equestrian Team

The GallopNYC Equestrian Team sponsored by Centennial Bank is a group of our advanced riders who participate in competitions for riders with disabilities at United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) rated hunter jumper shows.