Walking Shrubs

Many years ago my husband and I went on a tour of Greenwood Cemetery. I’m sure we were told all about the famous people buried there, but the one thing that stuck in my mind was the perfect circle of weeping beech trees.

Our guide told us that one tree had stood in what now was the empty center of the circle, its trailing (“weeping”) twigs brushing the ground. Where the twigs had touched the earth, roots had formed – and from those roots had sprung this circle of trees. The “mother” tree had since died, but here were her daughters, their long skirts in turn touching the ground.

This way of traveling is more common than you might think. Five or six years ago I found one lone black raspberry bush in the corner under the pines. Now there’s a proper briar patch there, which serves up delicious berries. Once the berries are gone the stalk (“cane”) they grew on dies back and has to be pruned away or there will be a stiff, thorny mess there. 

But new canes have already grown – the canes that will bear next year – and they walk! 

Take a good look at these pictures:

Can you see how the tips of the canes are bending over? They are looking for places to set down roots and start a new shrub. It’s gotten pretty dense back there…

As always, there are new things blooming on the Green:

Tall Joe Pye weed behind the bee balm  

Exotic lilies                                                                

Black-eyed Susans

There’s also an unusual amount of fruit on our Cornelian cherries. These small trees aren’t cherries at all, but are in the dogwood family.

I’ve never seen them fruit in clusters like this. Pretty, aren’t they? And yes, they are edible.

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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

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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.

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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.