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In the News

What are people are saying about GallopNYC? Take a moment to review some present and past articles, interviews, video, broadcasts and multiple educational sources that help give a better understanding of Who We Are at GallopNYC!

In the News / Video

March 28th: “A Riding Center for The Disabled Struggles to Care for Its Herd” an organization that provides therapeutic riding lessons for people with disabilities said a tearful goodbye amid fears over the spread of coronavirus.  – Todd Heisler for The New York Times

Winter 2019/2020: New York Horse Magazine – The note is written in a child’s hand, blocky letters in purple, red, yellow and blue magic marker. “Thank you GallopNYC!” it begins, the exclamation point dotted with a large purple heart. http://gallopnyc.org/gallop-nyc-in-new-york-horse-magazine

Summer 2019: Challenge Magazine – Max’s mother shares how the horses and his weekly lessons at GallopNYC have helped him with his communication skills and building strength.  And GallopNYC instructor Abigail explains the benefits of therapeutic riding. https://www.disabledsportsusa.org/about/news/challenge-magazine/?fbclid=IwAR3DVXRon7GMy9mD9fG5-WvX_XhIEz-hwDsCEGqeKrEGCMyDtGTpjwVymuc 

Jan. 7: Giving back is all that matters to Grand Prix rider Carolina Villanueva Suarez. Carolina visits GallopNYC Sunrise Stables to generously donate her profits from El Cavalho.  Carolina created El Cavalho as way to give back to the equestrian community. GallopNYC is featured on her blog here: https://www.elcavalhobycarolina.com/single-post/2019/01/07/Giving-Back-is-all-that-matters

Dec. 1: A GallopNYC Rider’s Wish Comes True… Learn how our community partnered with The Make-A-Wish Foundation to help make Jukai’s wish come true. Watch here: https://youtu.be/t1tbMipK6Fs

Oct. 23: GallopNYC welcomes new Executive Director, Nicole L. Cicogna! Learn more here: https://youtu.be/f3T4kLpTiLA

Oct. 1:  GallopNYC is featured in MANHATTAN Modern Luxury with Give Back for Special Equestrians and Georgina Bloomberg! Read here: https://bit.ly/2ybFzHr

Aug 1: GallopNYC‘s Beth McReynolds is featured on WTEN at the Saratoga Race Track. Watch here: http://bit.ly/2FoPdMf

June 17: GallopNYC’s Ride with Pride Horse Show in Central Park is featured on NY1. Watch here: http://bit.ly/2QzWB9n

June 12: GallopNYC staff and rider Jasmary Alfonso-Andaluz are interviewed by reporter Roger Clark on NY1. Watch here: https://bit.ly/2MmMvI4

May 9: GallopNYC is on an episode of People TV! Learn how therapeutic horsemanship is helping riders in NYC with disabilities. Fast forward to 3 minutes into the episode to see GallopNYC. Watch here: http://bit.ly/2SLsaiv

Feb. 27: GallopNYC receives a mention by New York Nonprofit Media in NYN Media Buzz for being named an official charity partner of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. Read the story here: http://nynmedia.com/news/nyn-media-buzz-feb-27-2018

Feb. 26: GallopNYC mentioned in Equestrian Living on page 86. Read here: https://issuu.com/wynnwood/docs/feb18?e=4427353/57900232&utm_source=EQ+Newsletter&utm_campaign=1db8e42e21-Febissueout_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2495376c4b-1db8e42e21-130089033

Feb. 15: GallopNYC is featured on That’s The Spirit, a YouTube show for equestrians and fans of DreamWorks‘s Netflix show Spirit Riding Free! Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICvbd2xW2xs








CUNY TV: Cut to minute 17:40 to the video on the GallopNYC veterans program. Video here.

Elite Equestrian Magazine: Give Back for Special Equestrians Presents $10,000 Donation to GallopNYC, Sept. 26, 2017 Read the story here.

The Forum: GallopNYC Sunrise Stables Open House an Unbridled Success, Sept. 21, 2017. Read the story here.

Business Insider: GallopNYC at the RBC Race for the Kids, Sept. 16, 2017. Read the story here.

VVHTV: The GallopNYC Equestrian Team at the Hampton Classic Horse Show, August 28, 2017. Watch the video here.

Queens Chronicle: Horse around with GallopNYC in Lindenwood, August 21, 2017. Read the story here.

Untacked: Charity Spotlight with GallopNYC, July/August 2017 Story Here

One On One with Steve Adubato, June 19, 2017  Video

Pix 11 News: It’s a G Thing, June 14, 2017 Story and Video

QNS on GallopNYC acquires stables in Forest Hills, May 5, 2017 Story

El Diario, March 3, 2017  http://eldiariony.com/2017/03/19/terapia-a-todo-galope-para-discapacitados/

Queens Chronicle on Forest Hills. http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/forest-hills-meet-your-new-neigh-bor/article_853ee20b-5aaa-5a56-99af-d19b8f4a344e.html#.WKXye6R8iYw.email

Home Depot Gallops to Help Vets with PTS, FOX Business,  Nov. 11, 2016. Story and Video

GallopNYC Breathes new life into Cedar Lane Stables,  Nov. 8, 2016. Story here

Horsing Around in Lindenwood,   Queens Chronicle, Nov. 3, 2016.  Story and Photos

The NY Times features GallopNYC’s new home, with a piece by Sarah Maslin Nir.  Read it Here

GallopNYC WINS Brooke Mahoney Board Governance Award. News Report

Suzy Marquard interview “At the Board Table,”  March 2, 2016.  Full Interview


Beth McReynolds on “Animal Instinct” on Heritage Radio Network, October 26, 2015. http://goo.gl/DNgKdc

NY1 New Yorker of the Week, August 22, 2015. http://ny1ne.ws/SGA9Eb

Horsemanship Radio Interview (start at 6 minutes): Watch here

The Giving Library,
  Video Overview and 10 questions,  2014.   http://www.givinglibrary.org/organizations/gallopnyc

Colgate Palmolive Video 2015

New Learning Times Videos  – filming a school group from day one and six weeks later:

Day 1:  https://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/13198

Six weeks laterhttps://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/13273

Board Leadership Video 2015

“Animals Help Children Overcome Challenges,” The Child Mind Institute, January 2013
Watch here

Keep GallopNYC Riders in the Saddle, The Chronicle of the Horse, October 2012



Heart of Brooklyn Panel on Serving People with Disabilities, May 2013

Senator Eric Adams, an honorary judge for GallopNYC “Ride With Pride” Show, June 2012


Press Release in Chronicle of the Horse: Courtney King Dye to Speak to GallopNYC, April 2012


Article on events with RJ Mitte, February 2012:


Press release on events with RJ Mitte, January 2012:


GallopNYC Submission to “Autism Around the Globe”


Profile of GallopNYC in Education Update Online:


Article on GallopNYC event with NYRA Jockeys and NY State Senator Eric Adams, June 2011:


Video of GallopNYC on Cablevision’s Neighborhood Journal, June 2011:


Profile of board president Suzy Marquard on NY State Senator Eric Adams’ website:


Video of GallopNYC’s therapeutic horseback riding program on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Viskt3LRQ

GallopNYC in The Horse, an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History (see video entitled “Enduring Bond: Part Three”):  http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/horse/?section=multimedia

Feature in “Brooklyn’s Best Volunteer Gigs” on the blog Brokelyn:


Article on Stable Brooklyn’s website about their collaboration with GallopNYC:


GallopNYC’s Social Networking Sites

Network for Good profile: http://www2.guidestar.org/PartnerReport.aspx?Partner=networkforgood&ein=05-0615968

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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.