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Advisory Council

Our Council of Advisors are eminent supporters of our therapeutic programing and consist of equestrians, medical professionals, educators, parents, and more.

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Danielle BarthFounder. Licensed Physical Therapist. 2005
Jessica BentPrincipal in Blackstone’s fixed income investment division focused on consumer and distressed debt investments. Lifelong rider and former horse owner. 2017
Board Member 2014-2017
Sasha Blair GoldensohnActive in disabillity rights, especially accessability. Member Advisory Board Disability Rights Advocates, and co-founder of the Rise and Resist Elevator Action Group, a direct action advocacy group that holds rallies and protests for increased transit accessibility. Sasha is a graduate of Amherst College, University of Michigan and Columbia University. . 2017
Georgina BloombergEquestrian professional. Active member of the Board of the Equestrian Aid Foundation. Co-author of a young-adult series of novels includingThe A Circuit(2011) and My Favorite Mistake(2012). 2012
Alan BrownfeldEquestrian. Alan’s family originally owned the famous Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland NY. Philanthropist. 2020
Michael John CarleyFounder and first Executive Director of GRASP (The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership). Autism/Asperger executive, author, and consultant. 2011
Sissy DeMariaSissy DeMaria is the president of Kreps DeMaria Public Relations and Marketing and the founder of WorldWise PR Affiliates, a global network of PR firms. An equestrienne, she is a founder of Give Back for Special Equestrians, which encourages horse owners and riders to make a small donation – as little as a buck or as much as a hundred dollars – with their monthly boarding payment to therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities, or for those who are economically disadvantaged. 2019
Nicole EppsManaging Director, Programs and Policy, World Childhood Foundation. Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in non profit organizations that serve vulnerable, abused and child victims of exploitation. Strong community and social services professional with an MBA and pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) focused in Management and Policy- Social Policy Concentration (VAWC emphasis).GallopNYC volunteer. 2019
John E. Franzreb IIIHorse Show Ringmaster and Steward nationwide. Life-long equestrian, stable, and riding school owner. Location and animal consultant to film and media. Staten Island civic leader. 2011
Iris Gold IIIBarclays. Iris grew up in NYC and rode at Lynne’s (now GallopNYC Forest Hills). 2017
Frances M. GreenAttorney and equestrian. Of Counsel in the Labor and Employment practice of Epstein Becker and Green, and co-head of the firm’s nationwide Women’s Initiative. Contributor to The Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change, edited by Stephanie Marohn and published by Elite Books. Ms. Green is also the author of the Executive Women’s Networking Blog. Fran is a member of the Old Chatham Hunt Club and enjoys being out with the beautiful and spirited hounds on her Thoroughbred, Lady Gaga. 2014
Chris IrwinInternationally acclaimed horse expert and author. 2018
Hendrik LavergePrincipal Frick, Wellington & Laverge. LLM Private and Corporate Law, Leiden University. Experienced horseman. 2018
Board Member & Treasurer 2005-2018
Sarah Maslin NirSarah is an equestrian and a staff reporter for the New York Times.  2019
Ken PaternoStrategist in Financial Services. Passionate about helping others and person-animal connection. 2017
Herbert H. SambolA passionate horseman and business person with a background in real estate development and finance, Herb is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he serves on the President’s Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Citizens Committee for New York, and the Advisory Board of the Abington Square Conservancy. Herb lives in the West Village. 2014
Judy Place SloanPrincipal with Deloitte Tax LLP, withleadership roles in the firm’s Global Employer Services (GES) practice as well as the US Global Office. Country Relationship Leader (CRL) for the US firm in its work with the French Member Firm. BA, English Literature, from Georgetown University. A life-long equestrian and avid competitor in the discipline of Dressage. She has earned her Bronze and Silver Medals from the United States Dressage Federation, is a top ranked amateur in New England and nationally and also competes at the international levels of the sport. 2015
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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.