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 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!



BOOKING NOW FOR ALL THE FOLLOWING 2016 EVENTS

ALL SEASON LONG: Practice roping and sorting every Thursday evening/night in the main arena. Come join us $20.


February 13th - Kick off the season with a meal, dance and romance! Yes, River Valley & Heart for Hooves are presenting a  Valentine’s Party.


March 26th & 27th - River Valley & Heart for Hooves presents the second annual Easter Bonanza. Dance, meal, & discounts on camping and cabins.


April 15th thru 17th: First of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, Extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more.


April 16th - Dr. Bill from the Keosauqua Vet Clinic will be providing Vaccinations, Coggins test, Castrations, etc. at reduced prices on the 16th. 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”.


April - Early riding clinics to be announced.


April 29th thru May 1st - “Kick Your Fears” Horsemanship Clinic with Heidi McLaughlin. 949.290.0822 for information.


May 6th thru 8th - Saddle Up for St. Jude. Includes trail rides, auction, dance, poker run, food, and much more.....and it is all for a good cause! Please bring an item for the silent auction.


May 7th - Kentucky Derby Party - Ladies be sure to wear your best “Derby Hat”.


May 20th thru 22nd - Second of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.


June 3rd thru 5th - 9th Annual Cowboy Fun Colt Starting Competition. 1st prize of $2,000 cash. Peoples Choice Award, dance, wine tasting, food, cattle sorting, and much more!


Exact date to be announced - Advanced Horsemanship Clinic with Mark and Miranda Lyons.


June 10th thru 12th - 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 17th thru 19th - Third of the Ranch Horse Show series featuring Hully Gully Horse Race and the normal Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.


June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th - Practical Horsemanship Clinic by Cornerstone Farm. This clinic is in preparation for both show and trail. This would be a great clinic to prepare you for the Showcase of Horsemanship Horse Show which will be held the following Saturday (see below). Call Greta Cummings at 319.931.1398 to enroll.


June 25th - Showcase of Horsemanship Horse Show - This show is open to anyone and has a full range of classes to accommodate all ages and all levels of skill. Call Greta Cummings at 319.931.1398 for details.


July 4th Weekend - Bob Smith 4 day clinic - Natural Elements. Limited spaces so call 563.380.2131 now!


July 10th - 14th - Youth Rodeo School. Chels at 309.368.4469 or Hailey at 309.368.9357 for details.


July 15th thru 17th - The fourth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, Extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.


July 15th thru 17th - 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. 19th thru 21st - The fifth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.


Aug. 19th thru 21st - 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. 7th thru 10th - Tri State Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Iowa Pageant at Ft. Madison. River Valley is a quiet camping location only 25 miles away.


Sept. 16th thru 18th - 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. 23rd thru 25th - Sixth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more.


Sept. 29th thru Oct. 2nd - 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. 1st - 5th 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. 7th thru 9th - Cornerstone Fellowship Ministry - All Girls weekend.


Oct. 8th & 9th - Check out the Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival during your Columbus Day Weekend.


Oct. 8th thru 10th - Camp with us for a long Columbus Day weekend.


Oct. 14th thru 16th - 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. 28th thru Oct. 30th - The Spooky Halloween Weekend....trail ride, wine tasting, dance, contests, and much more fun. Don’t miss this last event of the season!


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

T. O. Haas Tire & Auto - Keokuk, IA - 800.257.5430

Big Bend Livestock Solutions - Keosauqua, IA - 319.293.9105

Shiloh Outfitters - Mt Pleasant, IA - 319.986.5156

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

Rhinestones and Rawhide - 319.430.1148


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