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Equine Welfare Network Messenger

We are a 2017 Messenger!

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc. (GALLOPNYC)



Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc. (GALLOPNYC)
540 President Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn NY 11215
917-740-0469

Tax ID/EIN: 05-0615968
Year Founded: 2005
Last Updated 2017-07-10

Public Charity


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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization utilizes another organization or organization(s) with direct responsibility for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
GallopNYC, also known as Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2005. Its mission is to improve the lives of children and adults in New York City facing developmental, emotional, social, and physical challenges through the proven benefits of therapeutic horsemanship, by creating harmonious bonds between horses and our NYC community of people with disabilities and special needs.

Horse-related programs:
At GallopNYC, we use therapeutic horsemanship to help riders walk, talk, and learn, inspiring each one to live life as fully, productively and independently as possible. We currently serve 500 riders each week at our six locations in New York City. <br /><br />We offer therapeutic riding lessons and hippotherapy sessions to riders with a wide range of disabilities and special needs - both individual riders and school groups. We have expanded over the past several years to provide lessons to post-combat veterans in partnership with the Veteran's Administration. We offer free horse education programs that introduce the public to basic horse skills. We have developed a Youth Leadership Program for at-risk youth with autism spectrum disorder, and we now offer a Girls Empowerment program that provides horsemanship lessons for girls who have been victims of abuse. We also offer year round volunteer training and horsemanship classes. In addition, we have rescued several equines who now serve as valuable therapy mounts.<br /><br />GallopNYC has acquired two full-time therapeutic riding facilities, which will allow us to significantly expand our programs, the children and adults with disabilities that we serve, and our herd of therapeutic horses. Over the next five years we plan to expand our ridership fourfold. We intend to expand our herd with rescue horses, and will invest the time, training and care needed to prepare these horses for their new roles.

Non-horse-related programs:
None


Volunteer Opportunities


Therapeutic Riding Volunteers Needed In NY City
Minimum Age: 16
GallopNYC is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic riding lessons to people with disabilities. We operate our riding program at three locations - the historic Kensington Stables in the East Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn, near Prospect Park; Lynne's Riding School in Forest Hills, Queens; Bronx Equestrian Center and Riverdale Stables in The Bronx, and Jamaica Bay Riding Academy in Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn.

See https://volunteer.gallopnyc.org/

We need volunteers to lead horses and escort our riders. No prior experience with horses or in therapeutic riding is necessary.

GallopNYC bases its program on good horsemanship, sound riding principles, and therapeutic riding and hippotherapy standards that are approved by PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International).

Lessons are taught by a riding instructor certified by PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) and supported by licensed physical therapists, as well as a dedicated and experienced group of volunteers. The program offers a safe and supportive environment in which an individual can reap the many benefits of therapeutic riding.

Lessons are offered every day.

Wish List Items


Children's Riding Boots

Protective Vests

Devonshire Boots

Mounting Block