About 40 riders had a chance to show their skills, on horses Gracie, Lucille, and Sallie Sue from Fair Hill Farm and Gingerbread and Genie from Kensington Stables. A tiny pony named Chocolate Chip, also from Kensington Stables, served as a special guest. The Mounted Parks Patrol provided an honor guard.
At a noon ceremony, Senator Adams spoke movingly about the value of volunteering and the stresses that parents of kids with special needs face each day.
Emcee Peter Rose congratulated each rider with comments about their progress. Of Leah (pictured above), who has been involved in therapeutic riding for more than six years, he said: “While she is perfecting her riding skills she strengthens her core, improves her balance and confidence. Her favorite activity at Gallop is volunteer penning and [she] is capable of riding a variety of horses independently.Leah is considering becoming a physical therapist and working with a therapeutic program one day. GallopNYC is helping Leah fulfill her dreams.”
For more information on GallopNYC and its programs, visit gallopnyc.org.