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River Valley Riders Summer 2022 News

Message from Cheryl Holt, RVR Executive Director

Hello RVR Participants, Volunteers, Families, Caregivers, Friends,

We are already halfway through our 2022 year of programming!  We started the programming the week of April 18, 2022, and will finish on November 3, 2022.  Twenty-six weeks of riding and carriage driving at our Afton site.  We went to full programming right from the start, and all has been going well.

RVR is partnering with This Old Horse at their new facility near New Richmond, WI to offer therapeutic riding on Tuesdays evenings. We are working on expanding this program to accommodate eight riders. We are using their indoor arena and their horses.

RVR is also offering eight weeks of Hippotherapy with a physical abilities focus, on Wednesday mornings, which will wrap up in mid-August.  We are partnering with Sally DelGiudice, Physical Therapist and PATH Intl. Certified Instructor, to offer these classes to two participants who would not be able to participate in our regular therapeutic riding program.  RVR plans to offer speech focused Hippotherapy again in 2023 in partnership with Unbridled Abilities and Madeline Boe.  

We completed four sessions with the Waldorf school students as part of their summer camp!  Twelve students enjoyed riding as one of their activities for camp.  

We are planning our Phase 2 construction to start later this summer, creating our office building shell with indoor bathrooms, observation room, storm shelter areas, an office and small conference room, plus the annex building for mounting! We will continue our programming “around” this construction, so bear with us.

While focusing on the future, we also looked back at last year.  2021 was an incredible year and it was so wonderful to bring our mission to life again.  Please enjoy our 2021 Annual Report in review of the accomplishments of our riders and drivers as we resumed services.

It is a very busy year at River Valley Riders!

Warm regards,
Cheryl Holt
Executive Director


Dick Brennan's $10,000 Challenge Completed!

We are excited to share this special matching gift opportunity inspired overwhelming generosity!  Thirty-five RVR supporters donated in response to the challenge, raising $15,499 for a total of $25,449!  Thank you!

These gifts plus the donations from many individuals, businesses and foundations will support much more than just the buildings! Through RVR programs, our participants will achieve greater success with consistent programming, build stronger bodies and minds, and increase their smiles and laughter of joy!

Thank you to everyone who contributed!  Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of our riders and drivers!


2022 Walk-Wheel and Ride-A-Thon

  • Lake Elmo Park Reserve: Saturday, September 10th - RSVP is required
  • RVR Riders and Drivers: During your lesson with a special trail ride planned!
  • Virtual Event: Continues through September 30th

RVR's 23rd Annual Walk-Wheel and Ride-A-Thon will raise funds to keep our services affordable for the families we serve. This grassroots campaign is unique in that it gives everyone an opportunity to participate with a gift of any size or by sharing their personal RVR story and inviting friends and family to make donations to RVR.

You can support our mission by saddling up your horse or grabbing your walking shoes or wheels and join us for a fun 8-mile ride or 3-mile walk/wheel on trails in the beautiful Lake Elmo Park Reserve on Saturday, September 10th.  If you would rather not gather with us - please choose the activity, date and location for your own virtual event with your friends and family!  We also offer a special trail ride for our riders and drivers to participate during their lessons.

2022 Round-Up Gala and Auction

The RVR Family will be able to gather at Jimmy's Event Center in Vadnais Heights on Saturday, November 19th.  Save the date! 

We will be inspired as we hear from our participants, their families and our volunteers about how RVR has improved their lives!  The accomplishments of 2022 will be celebrated!  We will enjoy live music by Tom Burnevik's TomTyme, delicious food and desserts!  There will be our live and silent auctions, fun games supporting RVR and the opportunity of seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

Save the date! We hope you will join us for the 2022 Round-Up Gala on Saturday, November 19th!

Community Support Highlights

We are grateful to our Afton community for their support!  RVR received generous gifts from the Memorial Lutheran Church and Saint Peter Lutheran Church to help fund the Afton facility improvements and expansion of services!


River Valley Riders
8362 Tamarack Village, Suite 119-440  Woodbury, Minnesota  55125
(651) 439-2558 |

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River Valley Riders (EIN# 41-1949447) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with support from individuals, foundations and corporations.  Your financial donation directly benefits the children and families served by River Valley Riders.  All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.  Financial statements will be provided upon request.

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