There are many opportunities to help River Valley Riders by donating your time and talents. We welcome your involvement! We have a team of dedicated volunteers, highly trained certified instructors and gentle horses that 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're a co-owner in the mission and vision of what we're doing each and every week.


New Volunteers

Our programs require over 200 volunteers each week.  We hope you will join us for volunteer training in April 2018!

Getting started is easy! No experience is necessary and all training is provided. Please email us or call 651-439-2558 to RSVP for our next volunteer training day.  Please review the below Volunteer Handbook/Resources and complete these two forms:
2017 Volunteer Application
Volunteer Questionaire


Returning Volunteers

First, thank you for your passion and dedication to helping our riders! You are very important to their success!  Please email us or call 651-439-2558 with your availability including lesson site, day, and time for our 2017 season. Please download and complete the 2017 Volunteer Appliation form and bring it with you the first time you volunteer.


Volunteer Background Checks

Once you are scheduled to volunteer, you will be given the User ID, password, and instructions to complete the online background check.  Please email us or call 651-439-2558 with any questions.


Volunteer Resources

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

Volunteer Handbook

Mental Health and Children with Disabilities

Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin

List of Websites Related to Disabilities

Reading Horse's Ears

Sign Language Alphabet

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

River Valley Riders Seizure Protocol