If you like organized activities combined with a lot of fun then join us for our special events....we'll be looking for you.
Our goal for the River Valley Horsecamp 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!
ALL SEASON LONG: Practice roping and sorting every Thursday evening/night in the main arena. Come join us $20.
April 18th - Dr. Bill from the Keosauqua Vet Clinic will be providing Vaccinations, Coggins test, Castrations, etc. at reduced prices on the 18th. Also, both a farrier and equine dentist will be onsite for your convenience. No appointment is necessary but you can call ahead for a no waiting “fast pass”.
May 2nd - Kentucky Derby Party - Ladies be sure to wear your best “Derby Hat”.
May 9th & 10th - Ground Work Clinic “Natural Elements” with Bob Smith. Build a better relationship with your horse. Call Natural Elements at 563-380-2131 to sign up.
May 8th & 9th - This Friday and Saturday Farmington is having their annual City-Wide garage sales and the biggest and the best will be right here at the River Valley Lodge. Giant “Ga-Lodge” Sale!
May 15th thru 17th - Second of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.
May 29th thru May 31st - 8th Annual Cowboy Fun Colt Starting Competition. 1st prize of $2,000 cash. Peoples Choice Award, dance, food, wine tasting, cattle sorting, and much more!
June 6th & 7th - Practical Communication Clinic “Natural Elements” with Bob Smith. Work on engaging and interacting with your equine in a way that makes sense to them. Call Natural Elements at 563-380-2131 to sign up.
June 12th thru 14th - 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 19th thru 21st - Third of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.
June 26th thru 28th - “Kick Your Fears” Horsemanship Clinic with Heidi McLaughlin. Call 949.290.0822 for information.
July 3rd thru 6th - “Natural Elements” Boot Camp with Bob Smith. This is the first time at our location. Call Natural Elements at 563-380-2131 to sign up.
July 12th - 16th - Youth Rodeo School. Chels at 309.368.4469 or Hailey at 309.368.9357 for details.
July 17th thru 19th - The fourth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, Extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.
July 17th thru 19th - In conjunction with the above Ranch Horse Show we will also be having the Youth All Around Horse Championship. This was new last year and was a great success so it is being repeated. You must register by July 1st to be entered.
Aug. 14th thru 16th - The fifth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.
Aug. 14th thru 16th - In conjunction with the above Ranch Horse Show we will also be having the Senior All Around Horse Championship which includes Conformation, Barrels, Breakaway Roping, Ranch Cutting, Ranch Western Pleasure, & Ranch Riding. First place is $1,000.00! You must register by August 1st to be entered. Note: you may change riders.
Sept. 9th thru 12th - Tri State Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Iowa Pageant at Ft. Madison. River Valley is a quiet camping location only 25 miles away.
Sept. 18th thru 20th - 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. 25th thru 27th - Sixth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.
Oct. 1st thru 4th - 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. 3rd - 4th Annual Fall Horse and Tack Consignment Sale. Gary at 309.268.6948 or Terry 309.657.1602. For your convenience there will be a riding horse preview.
Oct. 8th through 12th - Iowa Parelli Savvy Fest - A 5 day level 3/4 Horsemanship Clinic with cattle. Your leader will be 5 Star Instructor Dave Ellis. For clinic information contact Diane Nitzell at 515.418.0598. For camping information call Carolyn at 319.878.3888.
Oct. 9th thru 11th - Camp with us for a long Columbus Day weekend.
Oct. 9th thru 11th - Check out the Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival during your Columbus Day Weekend.
Oct. 9th thru 11th - Cornerstone Fellowship Ministry - All Girls weekend.
Oct. 16th thru 18th - 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. 23rd thru Oct. 25th - The Spooky Halloween Weekend....trail ride, dance, contests, and much more fun. Don’t miss this last event of the season!
Keosauqua Vet Clinic, Dr. Bill Helling D.V.M. - 319.293.3580
Buford Dozing & Excavating - Bonaparte, IA - 319.470.1492
Big Bend Livestock Solutions - Keosauqua, IA - 319.293.9105
Shiloh Outfitters - Mt Pleasant, IA - 319.986.5156
L & M Ranch - Knox City, MO -
JMW Enterprises - The Original Gooseneck Easy Coupler - 319.931.5727
Denly Ag Service - Farmington, IA - 319.878.3344
Rhinestones and Rawhide - 319.430.1148
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