We have the HORSEPOWER to change the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities and special needs.

We have the HORSEPOWER to change the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities and special needs.

Welcome to GallopNYC!

Look on this page for information about our team, horses, facilities and board.

How It Works

Therapeutic horsemanship uses the pleasures and skills of horseback riding and horse knowledge to build developmental, emotional, social, and physical skills for each individual rider.

Under the direction of a PATH International certified instructor, supported by trained volunteers, each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvements in life skills. Through weekly sessions, we help riders walk, talk, learn, and have FUN! We also offer hippotherapy services.

Therapeutic horsemanship means learning to ride a horse. But it means much more – it means building a bond with a horse, learning to care for a horse, understanding how horses perceive the world and respond to people, and being a leader to a horse.

Our Program Page

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We can’t do it without our volunteers!

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Most of our Riders cannot afford the costs of lessons. Please donate now to support GallopNYC’s riders.


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Our Team

Meet our Talented Staff!

Alicia Kershaw
James Wilson
Virginia Terry
Bonnie Perry
Amanda Gallo
Sam Pollard
Leanna Pizer
Danny Rosenthal
Jill Levey
Emma Missouri
Henry Dylan Brown
Beth McReynolds
Helen Chiu
Maggie Munoff
Lillian Jimenez
Dianne Garcia
Susannah Gersten
Samantha Tully
Sarah Jane Casey
Marie Varvaro
Courtney Clifford
Dana Fairbairn
Amanda Gallo
Eren Gibson
Alicia Kershaw
Leslie Lewis
Suzy Marquard
Aine Mulligan
Katie Murell
Carrie Nydick
Abigail Welhouse
James Wilson
Lauren Reischer

Our Board

GallopNYC is led by a Board of Directors,  assisted by a Council of Advisors and a Rising Professional Group.  Interested in joining our leadership?  Contact Alicia (above).

GallopNYC Board, led by Board Chair Suzy Marquard
GallopNYC Council of Advisors

Click here for  our list of Advisors,  eminent supporters including equestrians, medical professionals, educators and parents

Rising Professionals Group

Our Rising Professionals organize fun events, like a Derby Day party,  and shadow our board.   Click here for the list of RPG members.

Our Horses and Ponies

These lovely, patient animals are the key to GallopNYC’s uniquely effective program. All are at the end of their careers and most are rescues. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of horse care, and have won awards and grants for our work with horses.


Mocha is a rescued horse. He is a 15 year old bay gelding with a calm and sweet temperament. Mocha is healthy and pretty but a bit arthritic,  and has a high wither. This makes him a perfect Therapeutic Riding horse – after all no one at GallopNYC is perfect!

Mocha was homeless and faced an uncertain future, perhaps even a kill auction.

We were able to adopt Mocha with the combined efforts of GallopNYC, the NYC Parks Department and Equine Rescue Resource

At GallopNYC we are delighted to have such a great therapeutic horse AND be part of the effort to protect horses in NYC.


Cinnamon is a sweet little pony who was injured and blinded in one eye. Jamaica Bay Riding Academy generously donated her to GallopNYC. She has a gentle willing temperament and is well trained, so she is popular with our more advanced riders as well as our beginners.


Gracie is on lease from the International Riding Camp. She’s a sweet pony who is doing a lot of Hippotherapy because she has a peppy pace!


Pride  new rescue horse from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. He was raced and earned a whopping $12,728 – he wasn’t very fast! But that makes him all the more wonderful as a therapy horse. He is BIG and sweet, and we are training him with plans to put him to work in our Spring Session.


Zest joined us from a stable where he was under occupied. He’s a beautiful Morgan Haflinger cross and a big favorite among our riders. He’s sturdy and can carry a lot of weight. He’s needed a few manners on the lead but we are training him and he’s a great addition to our team.


Shown with rider Lauren Reischer, Trusty is a gorgeous Hanoverian who was a competitive dressage horse. His owner Judith Sloan is a member of our Council of Advisors. When decided to retire him, she thought we might like him. We love him!


Patience is another pony we are leasing from The International Riding Camp, because Gracie reccommended her. She’s a lovely hardworking little pony.

Our Trainer

GallopNYC works with Chris Irwin, an international horse expert, to provide the best possible standards of horsemanship to our herd. 


GallopNYC offers lessons at six NYC locations, four in NYC Parks.

GallopNYC (Sunrise Stables, Lindenwood)
80-98 Linden Blvd.

Howard Beach, Queens NY 11414

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GallopNYC (Forest Hills)
8803 70th Road
Forest Hills, NY 11375

(718) 261-7679

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GallopNYC (Prospect Park, Brooklyn) 
Bowling Green, Kermit Place and Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn NY

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GallopNYC (Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn)
Jamaica Bay Riding Academy
7000 Shore Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11234
(718) 531-8949

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GallopNYC (Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx)
Bronx Equestrian Center
9 Shore Rd.
The Bronx, NY 10464-1007
(718) 855-0551

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GallopNYC (Van Cortland Park, The Bronx) 
Riverdale Stables
6394 Broadway
The Bronx, NY 10471
(718) 548-4848

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