I applied to run for GallopNYC because I strongly believe that individuals with and without disabilities benefit from therapeutic horsemanship.
My horse, Hawk, saved my life. I was battling mental health issues and still do to this day. Fortunately, Hawk and running have gotten me through days where I feel worthless. If it weren't for him and running, I wouldn't be as strong as I am today.
I teach a class of 7/8th grade students whom have Language Learning Disabilities. I absolutely love teaching them and I advocate for them every day. Unfortunately, there is a stigma placed on those with disabilities when in reality, they're human too. I wish that others would see them through my eyes, they are brilliant and one day they will run the world. I want to run for my students so they can see how we can face adversity despite our differences because our uniqueness makes us who we are.
I also want to run for GallopNYC because I strongly believe in helping those with disabilities through therapeutic riding. As a volunteer at Sunnyside Equestrian Center, I can see how therapeutic riding helps our riders feel as if they are worth something.
A young boy labeled as non-verbal speaks for the first time, giving a command to a horse.
A thirteen-year old gains sufficient core strength to bathe and shower independently.
A girl develops new confidence working with a GallopNYC instructor, and she begins speaking up in her school classroom.
A veteran managing post-traumatic stress develops new inner peace so that he can go back to work.
At GallopNYC we see these an many other breakthroughs every day. Our riders take these kinds of victories that occur in the arena into their daily lives in lasting and meaningful ways.
Therapeutic riding changes lives. GallopNYC brings the benefits of therapeutic riding to New Yorkers with disabilities and special needs. We have a special commitment to serving low-income and middle-income families, and because of generous donors, we offer fee waivers to 80% of riders.
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