I remember Plants better than I remember people

I’m face-blind. I have a terrible time remembering what people look like; I’ve sometimes walked up to myself in a full length mirror I didn’t know was there without realizing that the person I was approaching was me. It’s a social embarrassment and I’ve learned to tell new acquaintances that if I walk right by them the next time we meet it’s because I don’t have a clue that I’ve ever seen them before.

The reason I mention this now is that I can and do remember plants and animals very well. 

As old friends appear on the Green I always know their names:

Yellow rocket                                                                    

Green Tulips

Tree Spirea
Star of Bethlehem




Peonies (not Ponies)
Bishops’ Weed


Perhaps by now you’re wondering why I mentioned my face-blindness. Well, here’s why: I found this pretty yellow wildflower blooming near the corral and said, “Bird’s foot trefoil!”

It never grew on the Green before and I probably hadn’t seen it in years – but I knew:

The reason it’s called that is that the seed pods, when they form, look like a bird’s foot. But there were no pods yet; I just knew. (Of course the plant wouldn’t have been offended if I didn’t remember its name – unlike some of the people I’ve met.) 

But there are also brand new things to try to identify. I think GallopNYC is bringing seeds along with those bales of hay; that’s why these new things keep appearing. And not only didn’t I know the names of these two, but I can’t find the grassy one in my excellent weed book. The flower is little starwort:

Do you remember seeing them before? Did you remember their names? 

These pictures were taken during the month of May; the first flowers bloomed at the beginning of the month and were gone by the time the last were in bloom. Those in turn have died back to make room for the next wave.

And I recognized the velvet grass – but what on earth is this?

I’ll close with what’s blooming now: day lilies!                                                                                       

And for dessert (it wasn’t on the Green, but I just have to share it with you): a tiger swallowtail butterfly drinking somebody’s spilled ice treat:

Happy Summer!

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.