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GallopNYC: New York City's Premier Therapeutic Riding Program

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Recent Press

Rider Jeanne, wearing a purple jacket and riding helmet, sits on a horse with a white blaze on his nose. Jeanne participates in a balancing activity, hands up in the air. She is assisted by two volunteers, one lead walking the horse and the other spotting.

The New York Times: Riding Program for Disabled Children Finds Stables It Can Call Home

“You have people whose lives are pretty circumscribed — a lot of our riders have one-on-one aides and very little freedom,” Ms. Kershaw said. “They get on the horse and they can tell the horse where to go, and where they can’t go. It’s really a feeling of power. It gives them a sense of possibility they don’t often feel.”

New York Horse Magazine: When I Look Out There,  I Don’t See A Kid With Disabilities.

“More pages fill the wall. Horses with heart-shaped wings. Rainbow horses. Butterfly horses. A blue “secret dragon” horse with silver wings and tail. In them, the drawings and words, find the smiles and laughter of children who may have otherwise never spoken a word. Find the hugs, kisses and pats showered upon each horse; the difference made physically, socially and emotionally by these patient and gentle four-legged teachers.”


The Gardens Living Magazine: Changing Lives In Forest Park, One Ride at a Time.

“GallopNYC offers over 400 weekly therapeutic riding lessons at four different locations in NYC in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, including GallopNYC Forest Hills and Sunrise Stables in Howard Beach. Their programs include private and group therapeutic riding lessons, programs for Veterans, leadership programs for young people with disabilities, and programs for older adults. They also offer horse education programs to volunteers, Boy and Girl Scout programs, and recreational riding lessons, including lessons on the Bridle Path in Forest Park.”