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Ways to Volunteer as an Individual

GallopNYC offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to children and adults with disabilities. We serve over 500 riders a week and operate our riding program at four locations, all within NYC and schedules at each location vary seasonally.  Individual volunteers are able to engage with the organization through support of our therapeutic riding programs, helping with our horses, office work and continued learning and social opportunities through our volunteer community, The Turnout. Volunteers can also join our board and offer pro bono services.

Learn more about:

Supporting Therapeutic Riding Programs

Help with Our Horses

Administrative Work

The Turn Out, GallopNYC’s Volunteer Community

Join the Board/Offer Pro Bono Services



 

Support Therapeutic Riding Programs

Therapeutic 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. New volunteers support our riders during therapeutic riding lessons by walking alongside the horse and supporting the riders and leading our horses. Experienced volunteers can support our therapeutic riding programs by becoming Site Leaders or Paddock Masters.

 

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.

  • 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

  • Help the rider follow directions given by the instructor

 

Lead- Walking: Lead horses during therapeutic riding classes, working with a group of side-walkers, keeping primary focus on assigned horse (and not the rider) while maintaining communication with team.

  • Executes directions of the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions
  • Depending on site, will bring horses in and out of arena

 

Site Leader: Assist instructor to ensure that on-site activities operate smoothly, especially with regards to volunteers, riders, horsemanship staff and any other on-site personnel.

Qualifications and preferred experience:

  • Volunteered for at least 5 volunteer shifts

  • Horse experience desirable but not necessary

  • Experience successfully managing people

  • Excellent customer service skills

 

Paddock Master: Assist the instructor during TR 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.

  • Volunteered for at least 5 volunteer shifts

  • Horse experience required

  • Halter, lead, crosstie a horse; able to tack a horse

  • Groom a horse without assistance

  • Demonstrate ability to plan ahead and anticipate needs of the instructor

  • Supervise other volunteers

  • Able to hear, speak and understand instructions in English

  • Able to lift up to 20 pounds (saddle) above his or her head

The process to volunteer is quite simple:
1. Create your account here - this allows you to manage your own volunteering schedule
2. Complete the online orientation sent to you in an email.
3. Sign up to volunteer by choosing your preferred day and location.
4. Complete the electronic document sent to you in a final email.

It's as easy as that!

Help with 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. Interested? Follow the steps below to get started!

1.Create your account here - this allows you to manage your own volunteering schedule

2. Complete a brief online orientation and sign the release form. Links for both will be sent via email

3. Sign up to volunteer by choosing your preferred day and location.

It's as easy as that!

 

Administrative  Volunteer

Like to stay indoors? 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 - this allows you to manage your own volunteering schedule

  2. Complete electronic waiver sent via email

  3. Share availability via email

  4. Look out for an email from us to set up orientation

It’s as easy as that!

 

Join the Board/Offer Pro Bono Services

As GallopNYC is 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. 

Share Your Interest in Offering Pro Bono Services