COVID-19 UPDATE 5/21/2020

The safety and well-being of our clients and volunteers remain our number one priority. We continue to monitor the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus as we plan for tentative training and program start dates. Please continue to visit our website for our next update in early June. 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 (date to be determined).

Getting started is easy! No experience is necessary and all training is provided. Please email us or call 651-439-2558 to RSVP.  Please complete the forms and 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 in lessons.  Please print and complete the 2020 Volunteer Application 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

Please print, complete and bring these forms with you for Volunteer Training or the first time you volunteer:

Volunteer Application Form - new and returning volunteers

Volunteer Orientation Form - new volunteers only


To help you better understand the important role you contribute, please review these documents:Delaney_5_for_website.jpg

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