PRESS RELEASE April 20, 2016
GallopNYC Selected as Highest Rated Proposer to Operate Cedar Lane Stables at GEMINI FIELDS, Howard Beach, Queens, New York
GallopNYC has been selected as the highest rated proposer by NYC Parks for the license to operate Cedar Lane Stables, Gemini Fields, Howard Beach, Queens, NY.
GallopNYC plans to offer greatly expanded therapeutic horsemanship programs at the site, as well as riding for the general public. “We have over 700 people on our waiting lists, and Gemini Fields will enable us to expand and offer lessons to many more people with disabilities in NYC,” said Alicia Kershaw, Executive Director of GallopNYC.
GallopNYC is New York City’s leader in therapeutic horsemanship, bringing the proven benefits of working with horses to children and adults with disabilities in NYC. GallopNYC received the NYC Mayor’s Award for service to people with disabilities in 2012 and received the Brooke Mahoney award for Board Excellence in 2016. GallopNYC was recently profiled in NY1’s New Yorker of the Week segment, August 22, 2015. http://ny1ne.ws/SGA9Eb.
Therapeutic horseback riding provides measurable benefits for people with developmental, emotional, social, and physical challenges. Through weekly riding sessions with PATH Int’l certified instructors, we help riders walk, talk, and learn, inspiring each one to live life as fully, productively and independently as possible. GallopNYC serves 350 riders every week at five NYC locations.
GallopNYC’s therapeutic horsemanship lessons are focused on lower-income children with disabilities, including children from NYC schools. A recent study by the NYU Wagner School of Public Policy Capstone program affirms the great need for GallopNYC’s programs in the communities surrounding Gemini Fields.
Operating the Gemini Fields facility will allow GallopNYC to offer a wider range of programs. In addition, the new facility will allow GallopNYC to offer programs that meet community needs such as: programs for at-risk kids, kids at risk of neglect and abuse, and veterans with PTSD and substance abuse issues, internships and job training programs, and free or low-cost public programs offering children and adults the opportunity to meet a horse and have an introductory riding lesson.
GallopNYC will also offer leadership training for corporate groups, job training to prospective instructors and clinicians, seasonal riding instruction for the general public, including GallopNYC volunteers, horse boarding and horse retirement and rehabilitation.
Excellent horse care is part of GallopNYC’s mission. GallopNYC has twice been honored with an Equus Horse Whisperer’s Grant, the Equus Foundation’s named grant program for people and organizations with an extraordinary kinship with horses. GallopNYC also recently received a grant from The New York Community Trust for horse care. Several of GallopNYC’s horses and ponies are rescues, and as GallopNYC increases its ridership, the herd will expand – with new rescue horses as much as possible.
GallopNYC will offer continued boarding services to the Federation of Black Cowboys, who have operated the site for the past several years. “We look forward to working with the Federation, recognize their important mission, and welcome their continued presence at Gemini Fields” said Alicia Kershaw, ED, GallopNYC.
For more information contact:
Alicia Kershaw ED
Alicia@GallopNYC.org 917 602 1733
James Wilson, Director of Operations
James@GallopNYC.org 646 450 1618
Suzanne Marquard, Board Chair