The River Valley Riders Board and Staff have made the difficult decision to postpone programming until the 2021 season. Consistent with our efforts in the past, we have always prioritized the safety of our riders, drivers, volunteers and staff. We will continue to balance the risks against the important benefits we know RVR brings to our riders. Our volunteer training day is planned for late Spring/early Summer 2021. We will keep you promptly informed about updates as decisions are made in January 2021.  For more information.

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 the next volunteer training.  The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old.

Getting started is easy! No experience is necessary and all training is provided. Please email us or call 651-439-2558 to RSVP.  Please review the Volunteer Handbook/Resources found below.


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!  Please email us or call 651-439-2558 to be scheduled to volunteer when lessons resume in 2021.


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