Our team of dedicated volunteers, highly trained certified instructors and gentle horses allow us to provide therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving lessons to children and adults with special needs. We are privileged to work with a caring, patient and strong community of people. As a volunteer with River Valley Riders, you are a partner in our mission of creating a supportive community where people with special needs connect with horses and experience life-changing benefits.


New Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with River Valley Riders!  The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old.  No experience is necessary and all training is provided.  The next volunteer training session will be held Saturday, April 6, 2024 (date tentative).



Returning Volunteers

First, thank you for your passion and dedication to helping our riders! You are very important to their success!  We look forward to seeing you again! 


Volunteer Background Checks

River Valley Riders' policy requires that volunteers ages 18 years old and over have a background check every three years.  After you are scheduled to volunteer, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to complete the background check.  Click here for additional information or contact us with any questions.

Volunteer Resources

To help you better understand the important role you contribute, please review these documents:


Volunteer Handbook

COVID Protocol

Volunteer Application and Waiver/Release

List of Websites Related to Disabilities

Reading A Horse's Ears

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

River Valley Riders Seizure Protocol