Suzanne Marquard Named 2016 EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award Recipient
It takes vision to see that horses can have a role in an urban environment and to develop safe, humane, and sustainable ways for horses to live happily in a city. Suzanne (Suzy) Marquard, the 2016 recipient of the EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award, is among the very few with the vision and the dedication to make urban stables a reality.
L-R: Chrystine Tauber, Suzanne Marquard & Lynn Coakley
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| Marquard received the award at the Pegasus Awards Dinner on January 13th held during the annual meeting of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
She 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 showís public profile and strengthen standards for excellence in competition.
But it was September 11, 2001 that inspired her to bring the healing power of horses to those who might best benefit from it.
Since that time, Marquard has devoted her talents, energy, and philanthropy to expanding the public’s understanding of horses and to championing the horse-human bond.
“Marquard has been the guiding force to build GallopNYC, also known as Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, from a small, part-time volunteer program to a premier therapeutic riding program all the while ensuring the highest standards for equine care and stable management,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President who presented the award to Marquard with then-USEF President Chrystine Tauber.
GallopNYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults facing developmental, emotional, social, and physical challenges and serves over 350 riders with special needs, including veterans, in five locations across New York City.
A quiet visionary, Marquard demonstrates her passion for horses on a daily basis not only in her leadership role as the Board Chair of GallopNYC since 2010 but also hands-on as a certified therapeutic riding instructor. By bringing horses to people in New York City, under Marquard’s leadership, GallopNYC is helping advance the appreciation and affection for horses in city dwellers.