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RIVER VALLEY RIDERS

Equine-assisted services

Woodbury, MN   |  www.rivervalleyriders.org

Mission

River Valley Riders is dedicated to creating a supportive community where people with special needs connect with horses and experience life-changing benefits. Our equine-assisted services include therapeutic horseback riding, carriage driving and hippotherapy.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you to donors, volunteers, families, and horses. It is because of your dedication and support of this organization that the vision of River Valley Riders will move forward. Because of you, people with special needs and challenges of all ages are accomplishing more than they ever imagined through the healing power of our horses. Sincerely, Cheryl Holt Executive Director

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Cheryl Holt

Main address

8362 Tamarack Village Suite 119-440

Woodbury, MN 55125 USA

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Formerly known as

River Valley Therapeutic Riding

EIN

41-1949447

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

River Valley Riders (RVR) serves people with special needs. This is a broad statement and includes people with physical, developmental, cognitive and social issues. RVR can also help people with mental health or life skills difficulties.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equine-assisted services

Therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving for children and adults with special needs. Individual physical therapy sessions utilizing the movement of the horse.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Region VI Volunteer of the Year 2013

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Region VI Volunteer of the Year 2011

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Region VI Horse of the Year 2011

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Region VI Instructor of the Year 2009

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Region VI Certified Professional of the Year 2016

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

International Certified Professional of the Year 2017

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Region VI Volunteer of the Year 2020

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Region VI Certified Professional of the Year 2019

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Equine-assisted services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023, we served 150 children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and many other types of disabilities. In 2020, all services were on hold due to COVID-19.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

River Valley Riders' mission is to serve a diverse population of people with special needs through relationships and activities with horses. The goal is to see participants enjoy greater physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits in their lives.

River Valley Riders (RVR) offers therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving programs for their participant with diverse special needs. RVR is focused on providing the highest quality services and increasing opportunities to serve more participants. RVR has partnered with a licensed physical therapist and a speech pathologist to expand the types of services offered.

Dedicated, certified staff offer quality lessons for participants. Over 200 lesson volunteers support participants in their efforts. A solid financial base supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations allow successful operations and a capital base to improve and build facilities.

Program: From the first lessons in 2000, the number of participants in horseback riding and carriage driving served has increased from 18 to 150. 2024: Programs are seasonal: mid-April through late-October. After the full equestrian center at our Afton facility is complete, programs will run year round.

Facility: Funds raised to purchase 38 acres of land in Afton, MN. Current (2024) assets include indoor and outdoor riding arenas, office/classroom building, hay field, carriage track, storage building, tack shed, picnic shelter and small paddocks. Future improvements will include stables, pastures, offices and therapy rooms.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RIVER VALLEY RIDERS

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathy Doucette

Keller Williams Premier Realty

Term: 2024 - 2026

Tim Ward

Logisolve

Lyz Carlson

First State Bank and Trust

Susan Connolly

Saint Therese

Terry Smith

3M (retired)

Shannon Treichel

White Bear Lake Area Schools

Randy Ellingboe

MN Department of Health (retired)

Bray Smith

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/07/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.