GallopNYC provides free and low-cost therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children with disabilities. The impact is profound and lasts long after they dismount through improved movement, communication, focus, behavior, and learning ability. Our multi-year challenge grant will sustain increased operating costs of Gallop's physical expansion to stables in Forest Hills and Howard Beach, Queens, while a one-time capital gift will support irrigation and lighting in the latter site.
“In the beginning, these parents were very reluctant to have their child participate in the therapeutic horseback riding program because of the unknown. We spoke to the parents after many sessions of coming to watch their child participate in [the] program and they all had such positive comments. Parents were stating that they have never seen them smile as much as they are on a horse. Seeing our children progress and overcome their fears to get on and off the horse is amazing. Each week, our students look forward [to] and are eager for Tuesdays to go horseback riding.”