Ways to Volunteer as an Individual

We ride Tuesday-Sunday indoors at GallopNYC Forest Hills and outdoors as weather permits at GallopNYC Lindenwood (Sunrise Stables), Prospect Park and the Bronx Equestrian Center. Schedules vary seasonally, by location. Please be aware that our volunteer process changed in Fall 2020 so if you’re returning for the first time managing your volunteer account will look a little different.

As COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to be lifted we are cautiously welcoming more volunteer support on-site. This includes therapeutic lesson support roles that are well suited for new volunteers becoming familiar with therapeutic riding and/or GallopNYC, like side-walking. As these roles require close contact we recommend vaccinated volunteers. The health and safety of our community is very important to us and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we increase capacity safely.

Support Theraputic Lessons  |  Administrative Volunteer  |  Join the Board/Offer Pro Bono Services

Support Theraputic Lessons

Therapetic horsemanship teaches the skills of horseback riding and horse knowledge to build developmental, emotional, social, and physical skills for each individual rider. Under the direction of a PATH International certified instructor, supported by trained volunteers, each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvements in life skills. Through weekly sessions, we help riders walk, talk, learn and have FUN! Volunteers play a very important role in our therapeutic riding lessons. In fact, we can't have lessons without you.

Volunteer requirements

  • Age 16+ or by instructor permission
  • Ability to stand and walk for an extended period (at least 30-minute intervals)
  • Ability to briefly jog with the horse and rider

Volunteer Duties

Side-Walking:
Assist the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions by working directly with the riders. Act as an intermediary between the rider and instructor by assisting the rider in carrying out the instructor’s directions.

Duties and Expectations:

  • Help prepare riders for lessons
  • Assist with rider support during mounting and dismounting
  • Walk (and jog) next to the rider throughout the class and provide physical support as necessary
  • Prompt the rider to follow directions given by the instructor
  • As necessary you may be asked to fulfill other important roles

Lead-Walking:
Support therapeutic lessons by lead-walking horses and supporting instructors with lesson preparations.

Duties and Expectations:

  • Lead horses during therapeutic riding classes, working with a group of side-walkers, keeping the primary focus on your assigned horse (and not the rider) while maintaining communication with the team.
  • Executes directions of the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions
  • Depending on the site, will bring horses in and out of the arena
  • As necessary you may be asked to fulfill other important roles

The Volunteer Process:

  1. Registration: Complete our simple volunteer registration here: gallop.nyc/volregistration
  2. Complete the online orientation: After completing orientation you will receive an electronic waiver via Conga Sign. Please make sure to complete before coming on-site. *Volunteers under 18 need to provide a parent/guardian name and email for the waiver*
  3. Managing your volunteer account: In order to check on your volunteer hours and jobs, report your volunteer hours, update your demographic information, skills and availability you'll enter your name and email address at gallop.nyc/myvolpage and we will email you your unique personal volunteer link to access your volunteer information.
  4. Volunteer job listings: In order to view and sign up for volunteer jobs from a list view (limited), click here: gallop.nyc/voljoblistings
  5. Volunteer calendar: In order to view and sign up for volunteer jobs from a calendar view, click here: gallop.nyc/volcalendar

It's as easy as that!


Administrative Volunteers

Like to stay indoors or work remotely? We need volunteers to help GallopNYC staff with office work ensuring that rider and volunteer paperwork is recorded and handled appropriately. You’ll be trained in data entry through our record-keeping system, Salesforce. Interested? Follow the steps below to get started!

  1. Create your account here
  2. Email us at volunteer@gallopnyc.org and share availability for orientation and volunteering
  3. Look out for an email from us to set up the orientation

It's as easy as that!


Join the Board/Offer Pro-Bono Services

As GallopNYC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2005, doing uniquely effective therapeutic work with people with disabilities in New York City, we welcome professional pro bono services. Receiving such services facilitates us providing effective and affordable therapeutic services. Interested? Share your interest via email by using the link below.


Join the Board/Offer Pro-Bono Services