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GallopNYC’s workshops combine working with Horses with traditional elements of team training, using the discipline of Equine Experiential Education (E3A) to guide goal setting, exercises, debriefing and actionable outcomes. Our program adds the unique element of working with horses to create a memorable and effective team experience. In the sessions, the horses actively participate, representing a work challenge such as a project, a process, or a team dynamic.

The workshop consists of simple yet structured activities followed by a guided debriefing.  No prior horse knowledge is needed.

“What works with a horse works with all living things.” 
Nate McMillan, Indiana Pacers Head Coach 

Based on your team’s objectives, we develop a customized program in which your team is matched with our horses under the guidance of our Program Leaders. Over the course of the workshop, the exercises facilitate insights and allow team members to find success. Exercises simulate organizational and interpersonal challenges that are typical in the workplace, and bring out the strengths of each team member. Program Leaders build on team members’ observations by making clear the parallels between the challenge with a horse to challenges at the office.

 The Horsepower for Team Leadership program includes needs analysis interviews, before and after surveys, an onsite workshop with our horses and trainers, a comprehensive report, and follow up check-ins.

At the end of the session, the team is guided to apply lessons learned in the exercises to real life challenges and to find practical ways to improve team productivity. Our Leaders help participants identify replicable lessons learned, highlighting insights for changes in behavior and more effective outcomes. We provide clear take-aways and actionable suggestions, distilled from your team’s own insights to create a learning experience that extends far beyond your team event.

I was skeptical, but as we began, I could immediately see the parallels to challenges we face at our office.

Stratasys Executive



Financial Times Article on Equine Coaching:  Let a Horse Lead You to Better Management“,  FT,  3 February 2020.  Let a horse lead you to better management | Financial Times

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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.

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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.


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.