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Who We Serve
Red River Riders helps people with disabilities regardless of age. We began giving lessons in 1985 with 3 riders and 1 horse. We currently serve 60+ riders.  We have served riders with hearing impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, and cognitive disabilities, as well as many other disabilities.
How You Can Help

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Knights of Columbus - $131.21

Doug Knope - $250.00 & huge roll of plastic for the Duck Race

Caroline Aces 4-H Club - $50.00

Presbytery of Winnebago - $650.00, 2
nd quarter Mission Local Grant

Robert & Gloria Beyer - $1,000.00

Shawano Optimist Club - $100.00

Matty’s Fund - $200.00

Marci Heilbronner – Cash Donation

Peggy Texeira - $984.00

Kwik Trip - $500.00, plus a $100.00 gift card

First Presbyterian Church - $192.28, 2
nd quarter Mission Grant

United Way Fox Cities - $490.72

ThedaCare Volunteers - $700.00 – Kathie Dahlie, Tom Bruce, Deb Retzlaff, Muffy Culhane

Wolf River H.O.G. Chapter and Doc’s H-D - $29,221.70, 2013 Annual Benefit Ride

Tractor Supply – 125 small bales of hay

Presbytery of Winnebago - $650.00, 3
rd quarter Local Mission Grant

Steve Rhode – Cash donations through Brown County United Way

Bleser Family Foundation - $2,500.00

Bruce & Linda Grassman - $300.00

Pat & Ruth Crawford Family Foundation - $1,200.00 for a computer

Winnebago Presbytery - $2,500.00 pledged for 2014

First Presbyterian Church - $192.28, 3
rd quarter Mission Grant

Lynn & Peter Daniels – Cash Donation

Schoenike Portable Toilets – Use of a handicapped, and a regular portable toilet for 2013

Norbert & Darlene Kleczka – Cash Donation and postage stamps

Donna & Tom Thomas – Cash Donation

Mark & Patty Fuller – Cash Donation

Salem United Methodist Church U.M.W. of Red River - $200.00

Tara Aguilo – Cash donation through Thrivent Choice Dollars

Presbytery of Winnebago - $650.00, 4
th quarter Local Mission Grant

Olga Brener Third Grade Students - $1,633.00

Darci & Eric Swenson - $750.00

Ralph & Jacki Horsens - $150.00

Parelli – Horse training educational materials

Wolf River H.O.G. Chapter – 51" TV

First Presbyterian Church - $303.77, 4th quarter Mission Grant

Thank you to All – if I missed anyone, please let me know. 



You can help people with disabilities by becoming a member of Red River Riders. Red River Riders is a 501(c)(3) federally registered nonprofit organizations. All donations of monies, equipment, feed, and horses are tax-deductible. All donors will receive our newsletter. 

Please send your tax-deductible check, payable to Red River Riders, to:Red River Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding for the Disabled, Inc.
N6669 Cherry Road
Shawano, WI 54166
Contact Us

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Phone:715-853-6449 or 715-526-6400  Fax:715-526-6400

Red River Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding for the Disabled, Inc.
N6669 Cherry Road
Shawano, WI 54166

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Red River Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding for the Disabled, Inc.
N6669 Cherry Road
Shawano, WI 54166

How Our Program Helps

Our riders show improved coordination, balance, flexibility, muscle strength, and body tone. This is especially true for our wheelchair-dependent riders. Riding not only exercises the body, but also exercises the mind. While learning the skills of horsemanship, our riders gain self-esteem, improved attention spans, and the ability to follow directions. These qualities carry over to their daily lives.


Periodically we need to retire one of our horses. We gratefully accept and appreciate donations of calm, quiet, sound horses. Age is not as important as disposition and soundness. We have utilized horses ranging from 4 to 30 years in age. Please call for more information if you have a horse who could become a member of our therapeutic team.

See the form in the Newsletter tab

Our Program

Our instructor, Chris Baldwin, has attended courses at UW-River Falls and Cheff Center in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Students learn basic horse handling and care. Depending on their capabilities, riders are responsible for grooming and helping to saddle their mounts. A typical lesson consists of riding instruction, as well as horse-related games and activities. All of our equipment meets the safety standards required for therapeutic riding.
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