8:45am to 5:15pm
Attire: All of our locations except GallopNYC Forest Hills are outdoor locations. Volunteers should make sure to dress in weather appropriate attire and most importantly, volunteers need to wear shoes that covers their entire foot, ideally boots.
Location/Directions: GallopNYC Lindenwood (Sunrise Stables), 80-98 Linden Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414
- Take the A train to the 88th Street- Boyd Avenue stop.
- Turn onto 88th Street heading towards 107th Avenue.
- Make a left onto Pitkin Avenue and then an immediate right back onto 88th Street.
- Make a left onto Arion Road. Arion Road turns right and becomes Pedestrian Opas.
- Take the pedestrian path across and continue ahead to 149th Avenue. T
- he pedestrian entrance to GallopNYC is on the right, at the end of the fence, just before the start of the homes.
- Simply open the gate and come in
Driving directions: In order to drive into the property, you’ll have to be going East on Linden Blvd (towards Conduit Blvd). After you pass the Lindenwood Diner on your right, and a big shopping center on your left, just after the 79th St intersection, you’ll begin to see white fence on your right. The entrance to GallopNYC Lindenwood is on your right, just before the intersection of Linden and Conduit. Come through the gate, park on the west side of the property, and come down to the barn.
GallopNYC is a non-proﬁt organization based in New York City that 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. Therapeutic horsemanship teaches the skills of horseback riding and horse knowledge to build developmental,emotional, social, and physical skills for each individual rider. Through weekly sessions, we help riders walk, talk, learn and have FUN!
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: Volunteer will 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
*Note: No experience necessary. We provide all required training.
Alicia Kershaw, ‘78 JD