Your generous gift can help New Yorkers with disabilities live life as fully, productively and independently as possible.

Your Donations Help Our RIDERS!

  • Over the year, we have 686 riders in our program. During our busiest months, we serve over 500 riders every week.
  • GallopNYC is committed to serving low-income and middle-income families.  We provide tuition scholarships to over half of our riders.
  • GallopNYC is a accredited BBB charity and Guidestar Platinum

The Need

Many NYC people need help to live a full, productive life:

  • One in 20 school-age children across the U.S. has a disability
  • In NYC, there are 1.6 million people living with disabilities
  • One in 88 American children has some form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

But so few families have the resources to help:

  • 1 in 5 NYC residents is now living in poverty
  • Families of a child with an ASD earned an average of 28% less than those with children with no health limitations

And Insurance and Government resources are not sufficient:

Having an autistic child is estimated to cost a family $10,000 to $50,000 a year in out-of-pocket expenses for medical treatment, therapy, and education.

The NYC Department of Education has reported that as many as 40 percent of students in New York City recommended for special-education services may not be getting them.

GallopNYC is an Award Winning Program

GallopNYC has received a number of high-profile awards including:

  • Awarded two government contracts by the NYC Department of Education to serve students from the District 75 schools for children with disabilities and the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene to serve children with autism.
  • Compelling press coverage including The NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, NY1, Scholastic Storyworks Magazine, NY Daily News, and Autism Speaks blog
  • The Brooke Mahoney Award for Board Excellence
  • A charity beneficiary of the Central Park Horse Show and The Longines Masters New York
  • Our Board Chair, Suzy Marquard, received the prestigious USEF/Equus Foundation Humanitarian award in 2017
  • In 2018, our Program Manager, Bonnie Perry, received the New York Nonprofit Media’s 40 Under 40 Award
  • Achieved certification as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, for excellence in our volunteer management

Legal & Tax Information

Your funds will be used to help people with disabilities in NYC enjoy the benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship.

Please make your check out to GallopNYC and mail to us at:
GallopNYC
88-03 70th Road Forest Hills, NY 11375

Our EIN is 0615968

Our New York State Charities Bureau Registration Number is: 20-98-28

Our legal name is: “Giving Alternative Learners UpLifting Opportunities, Inc.”

Testimonial

Here’s what the parent of a rider shared with us: “As a parent of a child with special needs it can be difficult to find a place or activity that he can really enjoy that will help him grow.  We found that place at GallopNYC . My son has more strength in his body and better coordination, he is more confident with himself and what is capable of doing, but most importantly he has the opportunity to interact with new friends and of course the horses.” 

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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

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.

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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.

Veterans

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.

Seniors

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.

Hippotherapy

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.

Leadership

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.