Our plan to resume services balances the benefits of our program to the risks of the virus situation. For more information.

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

Due to COVID-19 precautions, there are limited volunteer opportunities this year.  Our 2021 volunteer training will be held in a small group setting.  All currently scheduled volunteer training sessions are full.  Please contact us to receive information about future training dates or check back in March 2022.

The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old.  No experience is necessary and all training is provided.  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 when more volunteer opportunities are available starting in June/July 2021.


Volunteer Background Checks

River Valley Riders' policy requires that volunteers ages 18 years old and over have a background check every three years.  After you are scheduled to volunteer, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to complete the background check.  Click here for additional information or contact us with any questions.

Volunteer Resources

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


2021 Volunteer Application

2021 Liability and Photo Release

2021 COVID-19 Release

COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan

Pre-Screening Health Questionnaire

Volunteer Handbook

Mental Health and Children with Disabilities

List of Websites Related to Disabilities

Reading Horse's Ears

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

River Valley Riders Seizure Protocol