GallopNYC Elects New Chairman of the Board and Board Developments

New York, New York, October 30, 2019:  Sol Reischer was elected to the position of Chairman of the Board of GallopNYC, effective October 28, 2019.

Prior to accepting this position of Chairman, Sol served for two years as GallopNYC’s Vice Chairman. He joined the board in 2014. Instrumental in GallopNYC’s expansion and the success of GallopNYC’s Forest Hills and Sunrise Stables, Sol is a retired Option Specialist on the American Stock Exchange.  Sol also served as Chairman of the Specialist Association from 1995 – 2002.

The parent of a daughter with Cerebral Palsy, who began therapeutic horseback riding at 3 1/2 years old, Sol has a father’s understanding of the benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship.  When asked about his new position Sol states,

“GallopNYC uses Therapeutic Horsemanship to help riders with disabilities walk, talk and learn, inspiring them to live their lives fully, independently and as productively as possible.  I know this firsthand, as my daughter Lauren participated in GallopNYC’s program at an early age and she now is riding competitively with the Brown University Equestrian Team. The experience changed our lives. I am thrilled to have been elected to the position of Chairman of the Board for GallopNYC. I look forward to serving our New York City Community.”  

Preceded by outgoing Board Chairwoman Suzy Marquard, Sol assumes his responsibilities immediately.

Ms. Marquand led the GallopNYC Board through a period of growth and resigned from her role due to illness.  Suzy devoted extensive time to work with Veterans and was honored for her work at the May 2019 GallopNYC “Barn Dance.” She was also honored by the 2016 EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award.  Ms. Marquand began her life as an equestrian at the age of ten. Always an advocate of horses, after building a successful corporate career and family, she joined the Board of the National Horse Show helping to raise the show’s public profile and strengthen standards for excellence in competition. But it was September 11, 2001 that inspired her to join GallopNYC to bring the healing power of horses to those who might best benefit from it. Suzy will be sorely missed by the GallopNYC Board, staff, horses and riders.  

In addition, Alicia Kershaw was elected Vice-Chair of the Board, filling the seat made vacant by Sol’s election. Alicia is a Founder of GallopNYC and served as the Executive Director until July 2018. 

Anna Goldman was elected to the Board.  She is a Director, Global Cobrand Business Development, at AMEX. Anna was on the Vanderbilt equestrian team and will bring marketing and fundraising experience to our Board. 

Natalia Kory has resigned from the Board due to the press of work after two years of service.  GallopNYC greatly appreciates Natalia’s service. 

Nicole Epps, a former Board member, was named to the Council of Advisors.   Nicole is Managing Director, Programs and Policy, World Childhood Foundation. Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in nonprofit organizations that serve vulnerable, abused and child victims of exploitation. Strong community and social services professional with an MBA and pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) focused in Management and Policy- Social Policy Concentration (VAWC emphasis). GallopNYC volunteer.

Sarah Maslin Nir was named to the Council of Advisors.  Sarah is an equestrian and a staff reporter for the NY Times. 

About 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 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 about 600 riders every week at four NYC locations. 

For an overview of all programs click here:  GallopNYC Program Overview
GallopNYC offers therapeutic riding lessons and community lessons daily, and interested riders can learn more and sign up at  GallopNYC TR. GallopNYC also offers riding to the general public as part of its horse education programming. To book a lesson, riders can visit Recreational Riding.

GallopNYC Sunrise Stables is at 80-98 Linden Blvd., Howard Beach, Queens NY 11414.  
GallopNYC Forest Hills is at 8803 70th Road, Forest Hills, NY 11375.