23 July 2018 Welcome Nicole L. Cicogna! GallopNYC welcomes new Executive Director, Nicole L. Cicogna! Over the last ten years, Nicole had been the Executive Director of Hartley House, a nonprofit organization founded in 1897 to strengthen and serve the Hell’s Kitchen community in NYC, where she collaborated with the Board and staff to fulfill its mission, while increasing its capacity, expanding its programming, and diversifying its funding mix. Her work at Hartley House helped to serve those in the community by enriching their lives, expanding their opportunities, and building a sense of community. GallopNYC is honored to have Nicole join our team! “I am humbled to have been named GallopNYC’s next Executive Director. It is an incredible honor to lead this extraordinary organization! My father was a New York City Mounted Police Officer. I was the most popular girl in the schoolyard when he would gallop up to the fence in his uniform. He put me in my first saddle when I was eight years old and taught me how to ride. As a little girl, the horses seemed so tall and majestic; the ring enormous. Riding always gave me a sense of freedom, even then. In the mid 80’s, my father was severely injured on a horse and I vowed never to ride again—until recently. In 2014, I embarked on a solo trip to Italy and decided to get back on a horse, but did not reveal my intentions to a soul. I found a small ranch in the foothills of Tuscany and that day—after nearly 30 years—I rode again. It was a cathartic and therapeutic experience for me, and immediately, that sense of freedom returned. I vowed to make horses a part of my life again. GallopNYC’s mission of using therapeutic horsemanship to help riders in NYC with disabilities walk, talk and learn, inspiring them to live their lives as fully, independently and productively as possible is one I believe in, and am inspired by. Gallop’s work is impactful, life changing, and compassionate. In a relatively short period of time, GallopNYC has been able to accomplish remarkable and ambitious achievements: now serving up to 500 riders per week, across four locations, spread out over three boroughs. But while statistics can be shared for days on end, it is really about what happens daily at the barn. Some people say there’s no such thing as magic, but I beg to differ. There is magic in our barns…magic in the way the PATH Instructors encourage our riders to use verbal cues and their leg muscles to move the horse, magic in the laughter of our children with disabilities when they realize they are the ones propelling the horse forward, magic in the selflessness of our dedicated volunteers, magic in the tears of a parent watching their child make real progress over the course of just ten weeks. The magic happens when you believe in ability. The opportunity to lead GallopNYC in its next chapter is a dream, but it is also a privilege. Our work is relevant and important, and I commit to all of you that I will be as dedicated and brave as those we serve. I’ll see you at the barn!” – Nicole L. Cicogna http://gallopnyc.org/trot-on-times-meet-our-new-ed/
New York, NY - May 24, 2017 - International Horse Expert Chris Irwin Joins GallopNYC Council of AdvisorsChris and Lauren Chris Irwin, a international horse expert, has been appointed to join the GallopNYC 's Council of Advisors. Chris has been working with GallopNYC for the past 3 years as a horse trainer to provide the highest standards of horsemanship to our instructors and volunteers, so we get the best out of our horses. Chris's new role on the Council of Advisors will help guide GallopNYC in our mission to use therapeuitc horsemanship to help riders in NYC with disabilities walk, talk, and learn, inspiring them to live their lives as fully, independently and productively as possible. About Chris Irwin: From standing room only University lectures, to training the trainers in horsemanship, therapeutic riding and equine assisted coaching, Chris Irwin is the most innovative leader working with horses today. Horse & Rider magazine said, “nobody explains the horse human relationship better then Chris Irwin.” Hall of Fame Jockey, Sandy Hawley, said, “Absolutely amazing! I wish I could’ve ridden a Chris Irwin horse.” But Leif Hallberg best sums up his creative genius in her tome, Walking The Way Of The Horse, by proclaiming that Chris Irwin’s Insights are “bold and possibly the most useful and impactful concepts presented in any book.” chris irwinSurprisingly, personal coach and international best-selling author, Chris Irwin, did not grow up with horses. His was a childhood in an abusive home and dangerous neighborhood. Determined to overcome his environment, Chris won the gold medal in rowing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and was aspiring to compete at the Olympics at age 16. But Canada boycotted the 1980 Olympics. Chris moved to the Rocky Mountains searching for something to believe in that nobody could take away from him. Two years later he learned from a friend that work could be found at Long Acres racetrack in Seattle. The moment he saw the horses, Chris knew he’d found what he was looking for. He has been working with horses every since, first as a driver of harness draft horses, then as a cowboy and now as a coach and trainer. From equestrian training to executive coaching, mentoring for disadvantaged youth, resiliency workshops for 1st Responders and Military Veterans, to therapeutic, wellness programs, and even the prison system, the scope and impact of Irwin Insights are reaching far beyond the horse industry. As the Toronto Star wrote: “Chris Irwin is a man on a mission – to change the way we communicate with each other; one horse at a time”. DSC_6634About GallopNYC: GallopNYC brings the proven benefits of therapeutic horsemanship to children and adults with disabilities in NYC. Therapeutic horseback riding provides measurable benefits for people with developmental, emotional, social, and physical challenges. Through weekly riding sessions with PATH-certified instructors, we help riders walk, talk and learn, inspiring them to live their lives as fully, independently and productively as possible. GallopNYC serves 450 riders every week at six NYC locations. GallopNYC also offers hippotherapy services. For further information contact: Alicia Kershaw, ED Alicia@gallopnyc.org 917 602 1733 or visit GallopNYC.org
http://www.nj.com/horsenews/2017/06/gallopnyc_honors_four_people.html By Staff NJ Advance Media for NJ.com GallopNYC welcomed more than 200 guests to their second annual Barn Dance at The Foundry on May 18, to raise funds for their therapeutic horsemanship programs. GallopNYC also honored long-time riders and supporters, Eliza Dubinsky and Lauren and Sol Reischer. The Believe in Ability Volunteer Award was presented to volunteer champion, Louis Levin. Eliza Dubinsky, has been riding at GallopNYC Prospect Park, for four years now. She has grown in so many ways - her confidence, her strength, her independence. She sits tall in the saddle, connects with her mount and rides without side walkers. She is a beautiful, strong, and persistent young lady who shows us what is possible, according to GallopNYC. Lauren Reischer started out as a young rider with GallopNYC, gaining strength, balance, agility, and excellent horsemanship. She now rides independently, she was twice the Grand Champion at the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities at the Hampton Classic and competes against able-bodied rides. Her Instagram account says, "I have 99 problems but palsy ain't one of them." Those who know her, understand her determination, fearlessness and her compassion. Lauren is an exceptional young woman who has accomplished a great deal in her 18 years, but she was honored at the Barn Dance for being a champion to other riders. She works with the horses to help bring out their best qualities for the riders; she is a mentor and raises funds for GallopNYC in order to provide rider scholarships to riders from low-income families. Lauren's proud father, Sol Reischer's leadership and skills as a negotiator helped in the acquisition of GallopNYC's two new sites, GallopNYC Sunrise Stables and GallopNYC Forest Hills. He was a master negotiator in the real estate deal, he led the organization through this pivotal phase of growth through intelligent decision-making. And he's not afraid to get his hands dirty. He has devoted hundreds of hours of guidance and labor to ensure the sites meet standards of health, safety and comfort for the riders - and sometimes that involved hours of moving garbage and rocks from the new barns. Louis Levin is a Volunteer Site Leader at GallopNYC Prospect Park on Sundays. His generosity, compassion and belief helps riders reach new heights. He was thanked on behalf of all the riders whose lives he has touched, their parents who watched on with pride as their children reach new goals, and the instructors who benefit from his dedication. Levin will be attending the University of Chicago next year. GallopNYC opened two new locations in 2017, GallopNYC Sunrise Stables and GallopNYC Forest Hills, allowing GallopNYC to expand its programs and bring the benefits of therapeutic riding to hundreds more New Yorkers with disabilities. GallopNYC brings the proven benefits of therapeutic horsemanship to children and adults with disabilities in NYC. Therapeutic horseback riding provides measurable benefits for people with developmental, emotional, social, and physical challenges. Through weekly riding sessions with PATH Intl.-certified instructors, GallopNYC helps riders walk, talk and learn, inspiring them to live their lives as fully, independently and productively as possible. GallopNYC serves 500 riders every week at six NYC locations. See www.GallopNYC.org for more information. For more equestrian news see Horse News Horse News covers everything equestrian in the mid-Atlantic area and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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