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Welcome to GallopNYC! 

GallopNYC is a non-profit organization based in New York City that offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to children and adults with disabilities. We serve 500 riders a week and operate our riding program at four locations. Two of the locations are operated by GallopNYC primarily for therapeutic programs.  Schedules at each location vary seasonally. 

Winter '20 Volunteer Shifts

Please join us at one (or more!) of these volunteer shifts. Our winter term will run for ten weeks and we strongly encourage our volunteers to return for the same shift for at least half the term (5 weeks) and ideally for the full term (10 weeks). Our riders and our horses get to know our volunteers, and the benefit of therapeutic riding is enhanced when the same volunteers are working week over week. That's why we love to have repeat volunteers!

Also, in an effort to continue to improve the quality of lessons we provide all volunteer shifts will begin 30 minutes before the start of lessons. This way we have more time to dedicate to training volunteers, warming up horses and communicating the lesson for the day. We appreciate all the cooperation and support of our improvement efforts. 

The latest from our blog

New Research Shows Unique Value of Horseback Riding for Cognitive Development

By josephgallop. Mon, 09 Dec 2019

Children’s Cognitive Abilities Enhanced by Horseback Ridinghttp://blog.springtimeinc.com/childrens-cognitive-abilities-enhanced-by-horseback-riding/ A study by Mitsuaki Ohta, a professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture, proves that memory, learning, and problem-solving are all boosted benefits of horseback riding. A horse’s movements create vibrations that activate the equestrian’s sympathetic nervous system while riding. This is where Ohta proved, through testing children […]

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Walking Shrubs

By josephgallop. Tue, 23 Jul 2019

Many years ago my husband and I went on a tour of Greenwood Cemetery. I’m sure we were told all about the famous people buried there, but the one thing that stuck in my mind was the perfect circle of weeping beech trees. Our guide told us that one tree had stood in what now […]

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GallopNYC Announces New Executive Director

By josephgallop. Wed, 03 Jul 2019

GallopNYC, a therapeutic horseback riding program for New Yorkers with disabilities, is pleased to announce that James M. Wilson has accepted the position of Executive Director of GallopNYC, effective April 2, 2019. James M. Wilson served as GallopNYC’s Director of Operations for five years and was instrumental in GallopNYC’s expansion and the success of its two stables in NYC. The GallopNYC Board […]

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I remember Plants better than I remember people

By josephgallop. Wed, 03 Jul 2019

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 […]

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What I like about this time of year…

By josephgallop. Mon, 13 May 2019

Galloping Into Spring

By josephgallop. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

At this time of year everything happens very fast. This is one small section of the Caton strip, moving from daffodils to budding tulips to full bloom – and it’s already almost over.   The plum tree has bloomed and faded, but the lilacs have begun: And there are many less showy plants blooming too: […]

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