River Valley Riders annual Ride-A-Thon


A rider with her horse and volunteers at River Valley Riders. That’s me leading the horse! Photo borrowed from RVR’s website.

Good morning!

I had another post prepared for today, but I wanted to take a detour to talk a bit about River Valley Riders (RVR) and their annual Ride-A-Thon fundraiser.

River Valley Riders is a therapeutic horseback riding and driving program for people with disabilities located in the eastern Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. It is a nonprofit organization that relies solely on donor funding and volunteers.

I have been a volunteer with RVR since it was founded in 1999. Because I have been with the program so long, it is very near and dear to my heart and the program, as well as the people I have met through the program have had a big part in shaping who I am. Prior to volunteering with RVR, I was with another therapeutic riding program, which means I have been volunteering for 15 years (literally half of my life)!

Although I support many worthy causes, River Valley Riders is the only one I do fundraising for. I realize everyone knows someone at any given time who is fundraising for some worthy and wonderful organization, so I limit asking for donations to the one nonprofit that I am involved with in a hands-on manner. I can honestly say I see where every dollar goes. We keep our administrative costs as low as possible so that as much as possible goes to our operating costs and capital campaign.

River Valley Riders is holding their annual Ride-A-Thon event on Saturday, June 23rd at Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Lake Elmo, MN. Everyone is invited to join us for our big day, whether it’s bringing your horse for the 8 mile trail ride, walking or wheeling the 3 miles on the paved bike trail, or supporting the event through donations of cash, door prizes or food. Lake Elmo Park Reserve offers a lake (obvious, right?), man-made swimming hole, playgrounds, camping, archery range and trails for hiking, biking, and riding. You can learn more about this beautiful park here.

If you are a situation in which you have a little extra, I ask that you consider supporting River Valley Riders so that we can continue to expand our program to serve more people. Horses possess magic that they willingly share with our riders and drivers that creates confidence, builds friendships, enhances balance and motor skills and makes smiles. To view the RVR YouTube video, read more about my involvement with RVR or to make a donation, please visit my fundraising page. To learn more about River Valley Riders, please visit their website at www.rivervalleyriders.org. If you are interested in donating your time, horse supplies, food, etc., please email me directly at happierheather@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance!

I plan on getting back to my regular posts soon about my trip to Williamsburg, my first half marathon, and training for my first marathon. I realize the upcoming posts will be a little running intensive, but I’ll scatter other topics in, I promise! I sincerely thank those of you who continued to check in while I was gone and hope to be here more regularly going forward.

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