Fund the Vision



You can be a part of helping RVR grow and provide more opportunities for people with special needs with your gift supporting the final expenses of Phase 2 of construction!

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The Future Afton Facility and Programs

“Fund the Vision” has two important parts - the facility and the programs.

The facility part of our vision is to create a site dedicated to equine-assisted services. The many improvements to the Afton site include large indoor and outdoor arenas, observation area, indoor bathrooms, classroom and office space, trails, and paved driveway and parking lot. The site is fully-accessible. The future additions include therapy rooms, stables for the RVR owned horses, pastures/fences, hay/equipment storage buildings, a larger classroom, and more offices. This facility will provide RVR the opportunity to expand our programming.

RVR is well placed to continue expanding our equine-assisted services to people with special needs. The Afton location is easily accessed by the Twin Cities metropolitan and western Wisconsin areas which it serves. The equine-assisted services industry is growing as the benefits of these activities and therapies are becoming increasingly recognized by both medical and mental health professionals. The expanded facilities will enable RVR to accommodate more participants, increasing the offerings of therapeutic riding and carriage driving.

In addition, there will be new program opportunities including hippotherapy (with physical therapists, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists), mental health services (with psychologists), veterans’ programs, and equine-assisted learning. RVR will also expand our existing partnerships with local schools and create new partnerships with other organizations that provide services for individuals who could benefit from our programs.

RVR has a 20+ year history of partnering with local schools. The expanded facilities will allow RVR to increase educational support to the local school districts. RVR’s programs will help the students accomplish goals and objectives in the areas of social skills development, communication, motor strength, fitness and health.

Equine-assisted services have been shown to be beneficial for people challenged by cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, and a variety of mental health issues. It is easy to understand that many individuals will benefit from the new programs. The outcome of this vision will allow RVR to serve more people and provide programming year-round. The future of this vision is very exciting! Thank you for your support!

There are a number of ways to make a donation to the Afton improvement fund:

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Make your check for a tax deductible gift payable to River Valley Riders Afton Fund and mail it to River Valley Riders, 8362 Tamarack Village, Suite 119-440, Woodbury, MN 55125

Give a gift of publicly-traded securities to River Valley Riders’ brokerage account. We suggest you discuss the potential tax benefits with your financial advisor and tax accountant.

Make a pledge to give your contribution monthly/quarterly/semi-annually or annually over two/three years.

Contact Kathy Jo Hanson at for additional information about gifts and pledges.