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Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc. (GALLOPNYC)

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Alicia Kershaw

Employees:   Full-Time:  7  Part-Time:  28  Volunteers:  750

Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No

Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. GallopNYC provides on-site orientation and ongoing training to all volunteers, which equip them to perform side-walking, lead-walking, and other duties in our therapeutic riding program. For our employees, all of our instructors are certified through PATH International and complete significant training prior to teaching in our program. All instructors complete continuing education on an ongoing basis. All employees have job descriptions and participate in evaluations on an annual basis. Our office staff also maintains a Manual of procedures, policies, human resource information, and other information.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  6

Number of Board Members:  17  Number of Voting Board Members:  16

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board Relationships:

Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No

Board Affiliations:

Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No

Conflict of Interest:

Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes

Additional Comments:
Each board member and senior executive signs a conflict disclosure form which is reviewed by our Audit committee
Photo release is not mandatory, we respect privacy if requested
Background check is required for most but not all roles. We do not do random drug checks


II. PROGRAMS

1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     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.

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.

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.

3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 3

4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. None

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  No



III. POLICIES

1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable), ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and condition of the horses accepted by your organization. 
     GallopNYC recently acquired our first full-time, dedicated therapeutic riding facilities- Sunrise Stables in Lindenwood, Queens, and GallopNYC-Forest Hills in Queens. Our new sites give us complete autonomy over the care of our herd. GallopNYC is committed to the health, welfare, and happiness of our horses and we allocate a significant portion of our budget to their care.

Guided by our commitment to excellence in horse care, GallopNYC continually invests in clinics and coursework for our instructors, staff and board on the highest standards of horse management; provides regular training for our volunteers; leads horse education programs to the general public; maintains horse health under the supervision of highly respected veterinarians; and rescues and rehabilitates unwanted or abused horses so that they can have a high quality of life in their new role as a therapeutic mount.

We engage Chris Irwin to conduct horse training clinics for staff and volunteers. We also have implemented more training for volunteers who wish to be horse leaders. Staff regularly attend PATH Int'l conferences.

We also have one veteran staff member at each barn assigned to manage the training of incoming and junior staff members. The condition of our horses as well as any problems or perceived illnesses among our herd is reported organization wide using our cloud based software. Horses are accepted on a 30 day trial pending a veterinary exam. We only accept horses that meet one of our program needs.


We have always tracked horse hours but we now run a weekly report of each horse's work load - by hours and intensity of work - so barn managers can carefully monitor each horse's work load.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     We acquire our horses in a variety of ways, including adoption, donation, lease, and purchase. We recently inherited 15 horses from a stable that we purchased, (formerly Lynne's Riding Center, now GallopNYC-Forest Hills). Below is a list of the current members of our herd, not including those we inherited from Lynne Holzhauser, former owner of GallopNYC- Forest Hills, and a brief description of their acquisition.

Mocha - Equine Rescue
Pride - Adopted from Standardbred Retirement facility, Returned this year
Zest - Adopted from riding stable (word of mouth)
Trusty - Dressage horse donated by member of GallopNYC Council of Advisors; Adopted
Cinnamon - donated by Jamaica Bay Riding Academy- blinded in one eye
Grace - pony leased from a summer camp
Patience - pony leased from a summer camp
Joker - thoroughbred donated by Board Member
Foxy - lesson pony donated by Stable

3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization. Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives you have to attract potential adopters. Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses that need to be retired. 
     Regarding our own horses, we have now retired two horses. One was returned to the Rescue home we adopted him from and one was adopted by a dressage stable. Our policy ensures proper care by making sure we know the adoptee ,visiting the farm and we plan follow up visits to the farms. If necessary, for the time being we plan to retire horses at our Sunrise Stables riding facility, which has ample outdoor space and a wash-rack, round-pen, and three turnout fields.

4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination, test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.). 
     We require a complete workup from our veterinarian to assess each horse's overall physical health. We also obtain the horse's health records from his previous owner. All of our horses enter our program on a 30 day trial period, during which time the horse’s temperament, health and relationship with our riders is assessed. We spend time, sometimes months, schooling the horses and having our team take them on test rides and provide other forms of training prior to using them in our lessons. All of our horses, even those that are visiting our stables, are required to have a coggins test.

5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule. Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses and horses with serious issues. 
     We follow the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ guidelines assiduously, but in many cases, we defer to the authority of our longtime veterinarian, as AAEP suggests: “Because appropriate horse care practices may vary due to climate, region use and many other factors, the guidelines are intentionally broad. For answers to specific questions, owners, employees and volunteers at rescue and retirement facilities are encouraged to consult their veterinarians.” Dr. Dennis Farrell, our veterinarian, is responsible for the care of all horses that GallopNYC owns and uses in our program. We follow Dr. Farrell's proposed schedule for vaccinations and worming. Dr. Farrell has established an effective parasite control program for all of our horses.

Our horses are monitored routinely by Marie Varvaro, our Horse Care Manger. Marie has been with us for 6 years, and thus, has an intimate understanding of each of our horse’s habits and health record. Should any health concerns or emergencies arise for members of our herd, we are confident in Marie’s ability to recognize the issue, and care for the animal effectively before the arrival of Dr. Farrell.

At the barns where we rent horses, we work with the barn owners and managers to assure the proper care of the horses we use.

6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse for space: 
     Regarding our own horses, we haven’t had to make these decisions yet, but we would never euthanize a healthy horse. The only circumstance in which we would consider euthanizing a horse is if it was experiencing incurable pain, and our vet advised us to do so. We believe strongly that even the most difficult or temperamental horse can be retrained in some useful way.

For our rental horses, this is the responsibility of the three commercial stables that shelter them.

7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt, donate, sell, etc. a horse: 
     We do not breed our horses and there are no stallions on our sites.

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 
     No

9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training? 
     N/A

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No

11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. 
     N/A

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 
     No

13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: 
     N/A

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Not applicable; None received

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Not applicable.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Our organization has never considered this concept.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed: N/A



IV. FACILITIES

This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.

Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 3

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Location 1 of 3
Bronx Equestrian Center

9 Shore Rd. Bronx NY 10464

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: James Wilson

2. Contact's Phone: 646-450-1618

3. Contact's Email: James@GallopNYC.org

4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Use

5. If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility: 9 Shore Road
Bronx, NY 10464

Marcy Brennan
718-885-0551
bxstable@aol.com

6. If your organization does not own this facility, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   No

7. If your organization does not own this facility, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     We rent horses by the hour at times and rates are negotiated with the owner.

8. If your organization leases or uses a part of this facility, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated.. 
     We rent horses by the hour and use the outdoor arena for lessons two days a week.

9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 3.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 1

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. 1 barn, 3 paddocks, wood and poly fencing.

3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
     A rotation is observed, also this facility has an upstate facility (not used by GallopNYC) used for horse R and R.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 2

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     Outdoor arena with poly and wood fencing and sandy footing.

6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have observed trailers usable for this purpose on site.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     Tack is assigned by the facility owner. If needed, GallopNYC will supplement with specialized tack.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Each horse stall is labeled and following NYC regulations, all horses have hoof tattoos.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     We rely on the barn owner and veterinarian for horse management.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     We rely on the barn owner and veterinarian for the horse's feed management.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We have shared this information with our instructors, including printed posters, and use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score as a guide. We follow PATH Intl. guidelines for horse work hours and comply with NYC regulations.

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
     This is the responsibility of the stable, but we have observed proper care. Note that all stables we use are regulated by NYC, which regulates carcass disposal and other matters.

17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
     We leave this to the facility, where all rules are posted. NYC regulates horse use in extreme hot or cold weather. GallopNYC has emergency procedures in place for extreme weather.

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
     The facility owners are responsible for all security concerns. There is a locked entry gate restricting public access.

19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     ASPCA 520 8th Ave., 7th Fl. New York, NY 10018 Phone: (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450 Website: http://www.aspca.org/aspca-nyc.aspx

20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     American Association of Equine Practitioners 4033 Iron Works Parkway Lexington, KY 40511 Phone: (859) 233-0147 Email: aaepoffice@aaep.org PATH Intl’ P.O. Box 33150 Denver, CO 80233 Phone: (800) 369-7433 Email: PathIntl@PathIntl.org Equus Foundation New York State Horse Council 1467 Blakeley Road East Aurora, NY 14052 Phone: Jeannette Dietrich, VP- 518-526-0718 Email: Jeannette Dietrich, VP- Jeannette.Dietrich@NYSHC.org NYC Parks Mounted Auxiliary Unit Arsenal West 24 West 61st Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10023 Phone: (212) 408-0100


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/15/2018

Veterinarian: Dr. Dennis Farrell

    Street: 69 Wading River Hollow Rd.    City: Ridge,  State: NY    Zip: 11961

Phone: 516-984-7302    Email: Horsedoc730@Yahoo.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Alicia Kershaw

     2. Instructor: James Wilson

     3. Instructor: Victoria Fullerton


3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 6.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 24

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 30

2017 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2017? Please select Yes or No. Yes

Additional explanation:Horses are rented from this facility, we do not own any of the horses at this facility.

2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

           + 0 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

6 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

0 = Total of 2d-2f

2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            6 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.


2017 Horse Care Costs

$     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$     Bedding.

$     Veterinarian.

$     Farrier.

$     Dentist.

$     Manure Removal.

$     Medications & Supplements.

$     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$     Horse Care Staff.

$     Horse Training.

$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$9587     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

365     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2017.

Average cost per day per horse: $26
Question 3 ($9,587 ) divided by Question 4 (365).

Average length of stay for an equine: 61 days
Question 4 (365) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (6).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

Missing


6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 43

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 10

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 22

4. What is the average wait list time? 3 Years(Weeks/Months/Years)

5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)

    Mounted: 5.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 6

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 2

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 100%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. All lessons include a ground work component



Location 2 of 3
GallopNYC Sunrise Stables

80-98 Linden Blvd. Howard Beach NY 11414

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: James Wilson

2. Contact's Phone: 646-450-1618

3. Contact's Email: james@gallopnyc.org

4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Own

5-8. Not Applicable.

9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 8.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 5

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. 6 total enclosures 1 stable with 27 stalls 3 pastures 1 round pen 1 TR ring

3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
     We have 14 horses at this facility. With three large pastures and about 5 acres of space at this sight, horses have ample space for turnout given our relatively small herd.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 6

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     Large "rodeo" arena, outdoors, with sand and earth footing and disability suitable mounting ramp

6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     Trailer on site

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     We provide suitable tack for each of our horses. GallopNYC instructors evaluate this tack and provide supplemental tack as necessary for use in our therapeutic riding program.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     We maintain a horse database that describes each horse. Each stall at Sunrise is labelled. All NYC rental horses are licensed and bear hoof brands.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     We have turnout at this stable, and all horses are given turnout daily. As well, we have an exerise program using the round pen and the arena.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     We consult with our veterinarian to ensure that each horse’s specific nutritional and dietary needs are met. We encourage our instructors to familiarize themselves with equine dietary needs, and one of our instructors, Abigail Welhouse, is currently enrolled in an Equine Nutrition course at Rutgers University. Following the AAEP guidelines, we feed our horses twice daily, and for the members of our herd that have limited turnout, we provide the necessary supplements and supplemental feed to ensure their health and well-being. Our horses have separate feeding areas to eliminate competition for feed, so each horse is provided an appropriate portion. Our feeding buckets are cleaned routinely. Our horses mostly move at a relaxing pace, and generally only canter when our instructors and trainers are exercising them. Therefore, we usually provide them with a Maintenance level of feed, depending on their age and individual workload. Each horses has its own dietary plan which varies according to its age, workload, and individual dietary needs. The dietary plan for most of our horses includes a combination of the following: herd pellet feed; senior feed; alfalfa; Smart Digest; Vitamin E; Gastro Teck; Himalayan salt or iodized salt. We also provide them with free choice hay. Each horse’s feed management plan is established and posted at each location in consultation with our veterinarian.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We have shared this information with our instructors, including printed posters, and use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score as a guide. We follow PATH Intl. guidelines for horse work hours and comply with NYC regulations.

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
     We have a quarantine plan in place in the event one of our horses contracts a communicable disease and we follow AAEP’s Biosecurity guidelines. We have a composting system to which we use to handle horse waste. We share our compost with neighborhood membersif they need it. Carcass disposal is governed by NYC regulations which require cremation. All of our horses, as well as horses that visit our arenas, have Coggins tests. We also have quarantine areas available for a horse in the event it contracts a communicable disease.

17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
     NYC Regulates horse use in extreme hot or cold weather. Our emergency preparedness plans regarding fire safety and other hazardous scenarios are posted on site and in our employee manuals. All of our sites have a sufficient number of fire extinguishers and are regularly inspected by the FDNY.

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
     There is a locked entry gate restricting public access and security cameras that can be accessed online remotely.

19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     ASPCA 520 8th Ave., 7th Fl. New York, NY 10018 Phone: (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450 Website: http://www.aspca.org/aspca-nyc.aspx

20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     American Association of Equine Practitioners 4033 Iron Works Parkway Lexington, KY 40511 Phone: (859) 233-0147 Email:  aaepoffice@aaep.org PATH Intl’ P.O. Box 33150 Denver, CO 80233 Phone: (800) 369-7433 Email: PathIntl@PathIntl.org Equus Foundation New York State Horse Council 1467 Blakeley Road East Aurora, NY 14052 Phone: Jeannette Dietrich, VP- 518-526-0718 Email: Jeannette Dietrich, VP- Jeannette.Dietrich@NYSHC.org NYC Parks Mounted Auxiliary Unit Arsenal West 24 West 61st Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10023 Phone: (212) 408-0100


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/15/2018

Veterinarian: Dennis Farrell, DVM

    Street: 69 Wading River Hollow Road    City: Ridge  State: NY    Zip: 11961

Phone: 516-984-7302    Email: Horsedoc730@yahoo.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Alicia Kershaw

     2. Instructor: Dana Fairbairn

     3. Instructor: Eleanor Harrison

     4. Instructor: James Wilson

     5. Instructor: Katie Murrell

     6. Instructor: Kimberly Cripps

     7. Instructor: Marie Varvaro

     8. Instructor: Suzy Marquard


3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: *Missing.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: *Missing

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: *Missing

2017 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2017? Please select Yes or No. Yes

2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

           + 10 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

17 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 4 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

4 = Total of 2d-2f

13 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            13 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.


2017 Horse Care Costs

$     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$     Bedding.

$     Veterinarian.

$     Farrier.

$     Dentist.

$     Manure Removal.

$     Medications & Supplements.

$     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$     Horse Care Staff.

$     Horse Training.

$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$155907     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$32499     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

5475     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2017.

Average cost per day per horse: $28
Question 3 ($155,907 ) divided by Question 4 (5475).

Average length of stay for an equine: 322 days
Question 4 (5475) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (17).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

Missing


6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 50

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 24

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 28

4. What is the average wait list time? 1 Years(Weeks/Months/Years)

5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)

    Mounted: 5.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 6

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 4

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 100%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. All lessons include a ground work component.



Location 3 of 3
GallopNYC- Forest Hills

88-03 70th Road Forest Hills NY 11375

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: James Wilson

2. Contact's Phone: 646-450-1618

3. Contact's Email: james@gallopnyc.org

4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Own

5-8. Not Applicable.

9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 9.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: <1

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. GallopNYC (Forest Hills) is located in Queens, NY, and does not have substantial acreage. However, horses can be ridden in Forest Park along a four-mile trail. Beginners and therapeutic riders use a large indoor arena. Equines are housed in box stalls in a large indoor stable.

3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
     Not applicable, GallopNYC-Forest Hills is an urban stable and does not have pastures or paddocks.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 0

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     GallopNYC's activities take place in a large indoor riding arena.. There is natural footing in the arena, which is regularly maintained by GallopNYC's staff and volunteers as needed.

6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     Emergency horse transportation is available at this facility by use of our trailer stored at Sunrise Stables- about a 10 minute drive away.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     We provide suitable tack for each of our horses. GallopNYC instructors evaluate this tack and provide supplemental tack as necessary for use in our therapeutic riding program.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     We maintain a horse database that describes each horse. Each stall at GallopNYC (Forest Hills) is also labelled.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     While we don’t have turnout at this stable, all horses are exercised on a 3.5 mile bridle path in nearby Forest Park so they are not confined to their stables.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     We consult with our veterinarian to ensure that each horse’s specific nutritional and dietary needs are met. We encourage our instructors to familiarize themselves with equine dietary needs, and one of our instructors, Abigail Welhouse, is currently enrolled in an Equine Nutrition course at Rutgers University. Following the AAEP guidelines, we feed our horses twice daily, and for the members of our herd that have limited turnout, we provide the necessary supplements and supplemental feed to ensure their health and well-being. Our horses have separate feeding areas to eliminate competition for feed, so each horse is provided an appropriate portion. Our feeding buckets are cleaned routinely. Our horses mostly move at a relaxing pace, and generally only canter when our instructors and trainers are exercising them. Therefore, we usually provide them with a Maintenance level of feed, depending on their age and individual workload. Each horse has its own dietary plan which varies according to its age, workload, and individual dietary needs. The dietary plan for most of our horses includes a combination of the following: herd pellet feed; senior feed; alfalfa; Smart Digest; Vitamin E; Gastro Teck; Himalayan salt or iodized salt. We also provide them with free choice hay. Each horse’s feed management plan is established and posted at each location in consultation with our veterinarian.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We have shared this information with our instructors, including printed posters, and use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score as a guide. We follow PATH Intl. guidelines for horse work hours and comply with NYC regulations.

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
     We have a quarantine plan in place in the event one of our horses contracts a communicable disease and we follow AAEP’s Biosecurity guidelines. Horse waste is stored suitably, and is trucked from GallopNYC- Forest Hills by a third party waste removal company on a regular basis. Carcass disposal is governed by NYC regulations which require cremation. All of our horses, as well as horses that visit our arenas, have Coggins tests. We also have quarantine areas available for a horse in the event it contracts a communicable disease.

17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
     NYC Regulates horse use in extreme hot or cold weather. Our emergency preparedness plans regarding fire safety and other hazardous scenarios are posted on site and in our employee manuals. All of our sites have a sufficient number of fire extinguishers and are regularly inspected by the FDNY.

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
     There is a locked entry gate restricting public access and security cameras that can be accessed online remotely.

19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     ASPCA 520 8th Ave., 7th Fl. New York, NY 10018 Phone: (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450 Website: http://www.aspca.org/aspca-nyc.aspx

20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     American Association of Equine Practitioners 4033 Iron Works Parkway Lexington, KY 40511 Phone: (859) 233-0147 Email:  aaepoffice@aaep.org PATH Intl’ P.O. Box 33150 Denver, CO 80233 Phone: (800) 369-7433 Email: PathIntl@PathIntl.org Equus Foundation New York State Horse Council 1467 Blakeley Road East Aurora, NY 14052 Phone: Jeannette Dietrich, VP- 518-526-0718 Email: Jeannette Dietrich, VP- Jeannette.Dietrich@NYSHC.org NYC Parks Mounted Auxiliary Unit Arsenal West 24 West 61st Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10023 Phone: (212) 408-0100


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/15/2018

Veterinarian: Dennis Farrell, DVM

    Street: 69 Wading River Hollow Road    City: Ridge  State: NY    Zip: 11961

Phone: 516-984-7302    Email: Horsedoc730@yahoo.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Alicia Kershaw

     2. Instructor: Amanda Gallo

     3. Instructor: Claudia Carmel

     4. Instructor: Dana Fairbairn

     5. Instructor: Eleanor Harrison

     6. Instructor: James Wilson

     7. Instructor: Jenna Payne

     8. Instructor: Kimberly Cripps

     9. Instructor: Sarah Jane Casey


3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 10.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 15

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 30

2017 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2017? Please select Yes or No. Yes

12 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

           + 2 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

14 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

0 = Total of 2d-2f

14 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            14 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.


2017 Horse Care Costs

$     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$     Bedding.

$     Veterinarian.

$     Farrier.

$     Dentist.

$     Manure Removal.

$     Medications & Supplements.

$     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$     Horse Care Staff.

$     Horse Training.

$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$195568     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$22500     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

4745     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2017.

Average cost per day per horse: $41
Question 3 ($195,568 ) divided by Question 4 (4745).

Average length of stay for an equine: 339 days
Question 4 (4745) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (14).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

Missing


6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 66

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 24

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 44

4. What is the average wait list time? 1 Years(Weeks/Months/Years)

5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)

    Mounted: 5.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 6

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 5

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 100%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. This facility is located in New York City and does not have pasture turnout or extensive acreage. Horses are turned out in the indoor arena and lunged daily. Horses are exercised on the bridle paths through adjacent parkland. Most GallopNYC riders do not use the park. All lessons include an unmounted component.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Abigail Wellhouse

         *Facility Participation:

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH INt'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2015

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Instructor


     2. *Instructor: Alessandra Sorrenson

         *Facility Participation:

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Path International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2018

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Instructor


     3. *Instructor: Alicia Kershaw

         *Facility Participation:

         Bronx Equestrian Center

         GallopNYC Sunrise Stables

         GallopNYC- Forest Hills

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH INt'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2011

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Instructor


     4. *Instructor: Amanda Gallo

         *Facility Participation:

         GallopNYC- Forest Hills

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Int'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2016

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Instructor


     5. *Instructor: Claudia Carmel

         *Facility Participation:

         GallopNYC- Forest Hills

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Path International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2017

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Instructor


     6. *Instructor: Dana Fairbairn

         *Facility Participation:

         GallopNYC Sunrise Stables

         GallopNYC- Forest Hills

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Path International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2016

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Instructor


     7. *Instructor: Eleanor Harrison

         *Facility Participation:

         GallopNYC Sunrise Stables

         GallopNYC- Forest Hills

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Path International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2018

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Instructor


     8. *Instructor: James Wilson

         *Facility Participation:

         Bronx Equestrian Center

         GallopNYC Sunrise Stables

         GallopNYC- Forest Hills

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH INt'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2016

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Instructor in Training


     9. *Instructor: Jenna Payne

         *Facility Participation:

         GallopNYC- Forest Hills

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Int'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2017

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Instructor


     10. *Instructor: Katie Murrell

         *Facility Participation:

         GallopNYC Sunrise Stables

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH INt'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2104

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Instructor


     11. *Instructor: Kimberly Cripps

         *Facility Participation:

         GallopNYC Sunrise Stables

         GallopNYC- Forest Hills

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Path International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2016

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Instructor


     12. *Instructor: Marie Varvaro

         *Facility Participation:

         GallopNYC Sunrise Stables

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH INt'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2007

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Instructor


     13. *Instructor: Sarah Jane Casey

         *Facility Participation:

         GallopNYC- Forest Hills

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH INt'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2007

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Instructor


     14. *Instructor: Suzy Marquard

         *Facility Participation:

         GallopNYC Sunrise Stables

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH INt'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH Intl. Certified Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Extensive training in Veterans program Volunteer Board Chair


     15. *Instructor: Victoria Fullerton

         *Facility Participation:

         Bronx Equestrian Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Int'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2015

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified Instructor