If you like organized activities combined with a lot of fun then join us for our special events....we'll be looking for you.

Special Events


Our goal for the River Valley Lodge and Campground is to provide a quality camping experience for you and your horse. For some, that means peace and quiet. For others, that includes organized events and the potential for a large gathering of horsemen, horsewomen, and horses.

This Special Events page will highlight an organized event open to anyone who would care to participate.

We hope to provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy, either quiet or a busy day of activities. You make the choice. 

We want Happy Campers and Happy Horses!


BOOKING NOW FOR ALL THE FOLLOWING 2018 EVENTS

JUST A REMINDER...if you have already made 2018 reservations in 2017 please confirm these reservations just to be on the safe side. Call Carolyn at 319.878.3888.


Special Just a reminder that you should never assume that the cabins are all taken...give Carolyn a call at 319.878.3888 and find out for sure. Yes, they are usually booked but cancellations do happen so you might well get lucky.



May 11th - 13th - Unique 3 Day Horsemanship Clinic

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May 11th - 13th - This weekend is the "New Barn Opening" (aka "Open Barn") so come join us and see this great addition to the River Valley complex and celebrate this event with a dinner and dance.


May 18th - 20th - Second of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more.


May 25th - 27th - Wright's Donkey Sorting Series

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May 31st thru June 5th - 11th Annual Cowboy Fun Colt Starting Competition. 1st prize of $2,000 cash. Peoples Choice Award, dance, wine tasting, food, cattle sorting, and much more!


May 31st - June 5th - Horsemanship Clinics with Mark and Miranda Lyons

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June 8th - 10th - Pony Express Riders of Iowa. Includes trail ride, dance, kids fun show, mutton bustin’, poker run, food, and more. A Camp Sunnyside benefit. Special rates for primitive campsites.


June 15th - 17th - Third of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more.


June 22nd - 24th - "Let's Paint the Trails" A Women's Trail Riding & Painting Weekend

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July 13th - 15th - All Around Ranch Horse Versatility Championship and All Around Youth Championship. The last several years these events have been a great success. You must be registered by July 1st to be entered.


July 20th - 22nd - Fourth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more.


July 21st - 22nd - AHDRA II My Back Yard will be held at River Valley Horse Camp in Farmington, IA (previously held in Wyanet, Illinois). This will be the first time for the Arabian Horse Distance Riding Association at River Valley but we hope they will be back in the future.


June 26th - 31st - Old Cowgirls Never Die Trail Ride

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For more info call Laura at 563.210.3703.


August 17th - 19th - Fifth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more.


August 24th - 26th - All Around Cowgirl Challenge featuring four events which are Ranch Pleasure, Ranch Cutting, Barrel Racing, and Team Sorting. Limited entries so call Kim Clinton at 641.214.2926 or 563.880.6112.


Sept. 5th - 8th - Tri State Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Iowa Pageant at Ft. Madison. River Valley is a quiet camping location only 25 miles away.


Sept. 14th - 16th - Mule Festival at Kahoka, Missouri. Camp at quiet River Valley and take in this great event that is just across the state line. Entertainment Deluxe!


Sept. 21st - 23rd - This weekend they will be filming "Best of America by Horseback" which is America's Premier Trail Riding Television Show! This will be a really special event and your chance to be on National TV. It is STRONGLY suggested that you book very early so give Carolyn a call at 319.878.3888 or call 540.829.9555 to reach Best of America by Horseback directly for more details.


Sept. 21st - 23rd - Sixth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.


Oct. 4th - Oct. 7th - BFMFRW (Bentler Family Memorial Fall Ride Weekend). Dance, trail ride, food, wine tasting, and more. An annual event you don’t want to miss!


Oct. 6th - Seventh Annual Fall Horse and Tack Consignment Sale. Call Terry 309.657.1602 or Kelly at 309.657.3280. For your convenience there will be a riding horse preview.


Oct. 10th - 14th - Ty Evans - Mulemanship and Trail Riding Clinic (horses are welcome) call 801.598.7465.


Oct. 12th - 14th - Cornerstone Fellowship Ministry - All Girls weekend.


Oct. 12th - 14th - Check out the Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival.


Oct. 19th - 21st - The finals of the Ranch Horse Show series. Don’t miss this final competition and awards. Don’t miss this Series Final Celebration...please join in.


Oct. 26th - Oct. 28th - The Spooky Halloween Weekend....trail ride, wine tasting, dance, contests, and much more fun. Don’t miss this last event of the season!


More events and clinics to be announced as dates and details become available so check back at this website often.


A Special "Thank You" to our Sponsors

Keosauqua Vet Clinic, Dr. Bill Helling D.V.M. - 319.293.3580

Buford Dozing & Excavating - Bonaparte, IA - 319.470.1492

L & M Ranch - Knox City, MO - 660.341.8748

JMW Enterprises - The Original Gooseneck Easy Coupler - 319.931.5727

The Tack Room - Victor and Ashley Munford - Croton, IA - 319.795.4710

Shiloh Outfitters - Mt Pleasant, IA - 319.986.5156

Rhinestones and Rawhide - 319.430.1148


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