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Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Autism, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Disabilities, Equestrian, Health, Human Services, Sports

Mission: GallopNYC uses therapeutic horse back riding to help riders In NYC with disabilities walk, talk and learn, inspiring them to live their lives as fully, independently and productively as possible.

Results: We serve 450 riders each week, 80% pay no fees or deeply discounted fees. Using our detailed evaluation we can show measurable benefits across a wide range of physical, cognitive, develomental and social goals. And all of our riders learn riding skills!

Target demographics: People with Disabilities in NY City, especially those otherwise unable to access therapeutic horseback riding

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 450 riders weekly live their lives as as fully, productively and independently as possible.

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: Therapeutic horseback riding, hippotherapy, wounded veterans, at risk teens, kids in counseling, job skills programs and internships

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities. Joy is the word to be apart of the GallopNYC Community. Board Members, Staff, Volunteers, Clientele, Donors and our beloved horses. As a parent, watching my daughter thrive, grow and achieve independence is an experience I'm privileged to share over and over with 1000's of other families in New York City. Smiles daily.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has been doing therapeutic riding with Gallop for about 6 months now. The staff and volunteers are caring and patient, both with the riders and the horses. There is a meaningful shift that is visible among riders when taking to the saddle. This work is worthwhile and helps gives the people it serves a sense of purpose and pride, while giving the riders mobility, confidence, physical and emotional improvements, and something to look forward to.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with GallopNYC has amazing. I have seen riders far exceed anyones hopes. Kids that were identified by teachers as nonverbal have spoken on many occasions. Riders that never made eye contact start to look into the horse's eyes and then into the instructors eyes. Riders get stronger, more confident, more related. Riding is an activity they CAN do.
Gallop NYC has helped so many people with all kinds of abilities in a kind, caring and professional environment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is on the autism spectrum and has been working with Gallop for 6 years now. He has gained tremendous confidence through riding. With his everyday challenges, especially in sports it is wonderful that he feels he can succeed in horseback riding. The trainers and volunteers are always supportive and enthusiastic.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the best for meeting the challenges of our special needs population. The sessions are conducted as a family event. The recognition given at the year end Ride with Pride event - always brings tears to the eyes of our families. I am proud to be part of this organization for over 10 years and watching it grow

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gallop is an incredible organization that helps so many children and their families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gallop is the best program that helped my daughter to learn new skills, she loves touching the horse, she gets happy, each time she rides the horse.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been deeply impressed by the benefit Therapeutic Riding has for people with disabilities! I have MC'd the annual Horse Show in the past and the happy families make it a great day

Client Served

Rating: 5

GallopNYC has done so much for my developmentally disabled child. My daughter Jeanne is intellectually disabled and suffers from anxiety. She loves riding and the caring staff has made this the one activity that Jeanne wouldn't miss! Gallop has helped Jeanne in so many ways. I cannot say enough about Gallop and how it has enriched Jeanne's life. As a mother, it is so wonderful to see Jeanne so happy because of this program and the many people who show how much they truly care. Her smile says it all!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two boys, ages 14 and 10, that have been riding with GallopNYC since the age of 3! They are both non-verbal and need full assistance with walking. When they first started they both needed a lot of prompting and support by the side riders. Now they need very little support and they absolutely love it! This program is such a wonderful opportunity for our children, being that there are not many activities available for them, and seeing the improvements in their abilities is a feeling like no other! The staff is amazing, patient, kind and understanding! We are so happy to see how much the program has expanded and how many more children and adults are able to get the benefits from being around these wonderful animals!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GallopNYC accepted me into their family right after I graduated college in 2014. It has been a joy to share my love of horses with students who love to learn. The confidence that students gain helps them shine in the riding arena, but also in school, at work, and at home.

The staff of GallopNYC has also encouraged me to grow personally and professionally. I have gained the courage to earn new certifications, present at national conferences and plan future research through my Master's degree. In such a short time, GallopNYC has become such a positive part of my life, and I know it is the same for many riders and volunteers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a part of the GallopNYC show team has been an absolute joy. The community of the Gallop staff, volunteers, horses, and other riders is invaluable. I am so grateful for the strength I've gained, partnering with my horse to tackle new physical challenges in such a supportive environment. I am especially grateful for being part of the show team while recovering from a brain injury. Seeing tangible progress has helped both my self-confidence and sense of accomplishment. Thank you GallopNYC for this wonderful experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing people with amazing animals would probably be the easiest way to sum up this non-profit but that wouldn't do it justice. GallopNYC has helped me grow so much as a person and has helped me figure out my path in life. I've loved horses for years but finding out that they're used as a form of therapy was mind-boggling. Working with the riders, I've seen amazing success in many different forms. From the child that was terrified to even step near an animal bigger than they were, becoming a confident equestrian, to others who have trouble walking when on the ground but manage to move their horse gracefully through multiple obstacles.The bonds these riders establish with not only their horse but with the friends they make during lessons is incredible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at GallopNYC. It's very rewarding to see the rider's progress as the develop strength and independence each week. I've witnessed how the therapeutic riding lessons help riders gain confidence, develop social skills and verbal communication, and become more balanced in the saddle as they get stronger. It's truly an amazing experience and I love going each week.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GallopNYC has an incredible vision and excellent execution. The kindness of its staff results in thousands of smiles from children in NYC year after year. Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

GallopNYC is a wonderful non-profit and I am a proud donor. The work they do with children and with veterans is nothing short of amazing - in particular the impact the program has on children with autism. The children seem so connected with the horses - they have a chance to find themselves, to find a different part of themselves, and feel fully comfortable, in control, and it brings out their best. The staff and instructors are so warm and empathetic.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about GallopNYC from a friend of mine whose son rides in the program. Her son was born with significant physical disabilities and for years had very little core or neck strength. But then he started riding with GallopNYC. There's been a huge difference, far more than the traditional physical therapies he was involved in. He could sit up straighter in his wheelchair. And he had far more neck strength which means he can hold his head high and look at the world he loves so much. But even more important, it brings him great joy. He has the biggest smile on his face when he is riding. He is free and moving! Riding on a powerful horse. It is a beautiful thing to see. He is getting important physical therapy but he is also participating in something that brings him joy.

PennieLane

Donor

Rating: 5

Love GallopNYC! What a great organization and I am glad I had the opportunity to volunteer with the children and horses at their Forest Hills, NY location. I was so impressed with their program that I wanted to help in other ways besides a monetary donation. They were extremely grateful for my efforts put forth to obtain 2 round trip tickets with an international airline that was auctioned off at their annual fundraising dinner that took place that year. I know that many of the non-profit's goals are to get as many cash donations whenever possible in a given year but GallopNYC puts a large amount of effort into their fundraising planning and events and working with individuals who can help them in all forms of donations...being open to any suggestions and grateful for all the support given to GallopNYC by each and every individual, from the organization's past to present day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago, I was feeling like my existence did not make much of a difference. A friend said, "volunteer". So I found GallopNYC. Being around horses was already amazing, but I had no idea that being around the people who make up GallopNYC would change my outlook on life. Watching the joy and the gratitude of the riders and their parents is the best medicine for a lost soul. Being able to give of myself in this way has been a magnificent gift.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I started as a volunteer with Gallop in Forest HIlls over three years ago. I was then hired to work with them on developing an educational/internship program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum sponsored by a grant from Autism Speaks. I loved working with the staff at Gallop and the children and adults who benefited from their patience and experience. This is a great place to volunteer or work!