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 2023 EVENTS

JUST A REMINDER...if you have already made 2024 reservations in 2023 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.



April 4th - 7th - A Cornerstone Horsemanship instructional retreat called "Camp Gallant". This is the clinic for riders with fear and anxiety. This is an all inclusive event. For details call Greta Cummings at 319.931.1398.


April 12th - 14th - First Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series with barrel racing.


April 12th - First Ron Wallace Barrel Racing Series

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April 12th -14th - Trail Clinic by Lala O’hara, a learning clinic that will teach you about trail challenges and more. Call Gail Gray at 319.470.4529 or Teresa Murray at 319.795.1260.


April 19th - 21st - First of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, team roping, barrel racing, food concessions, and more. Contact Will Dean at 217.741.3086.


April 20th - Dr. Bill from the Keosauqua Vet Clinic will be providing Vaccinations, Coggins tests, Castrations, etc. at reduced prices on the 15th. Also, both a farrier and an equine dentist will be onsite for your convenience. No appointment is required but would be appreciated. You can call ahead for a no waiting “fast pass”.


April 25th - 28th - An instructional retreat called "Cowboy Dressage Clinic". Learn more about Cowboy Dressage and what it has to offer you and your horse. This is an all inclusive event. For details call Greta Cummings at 319.931.1398


April 28th - RETURNING Annual Spring Horse and Tack Consignment Auction. Contact Terry at 309.657.1602.


May 3rd - 5th - 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. Special camping rates!


May 3rd - 5th - Second Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series.


May 4th - Morning: Lockridge Rough Riders Fun Show. Afternoon: Kentucky Derby Party - Ladies Wear Your Best “Derby Hat”.


May 10th - 12th - First Cowgirl Challenge. Contact Terry Kear at 309.657.1602.


May 17th - 19th - Second of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, team roping, barrel racing, food concessions, dance, and more. Contact Will Dean at 217.741.3086.


May 30th - June 2nd - 17th Annual Cowboy Fun Colt Starting Competition. 1st prize of $2,000 cash. Peoples Choice Award, dance, wine tasting, food, clinics, and more! Colts will be offered for sale after the event.


June 7th - 9th - Pony Express Riders of Iowa. Includes trail ride, dances, kids fun show, auctions, poker run, food, and more. A Camp Sunnyside benefit. Special rates for primitive campsites.


June 7th - 9th - Farmington Strawberry Festival....come camp with us and enjoy the festival.


June 9th - 12th - Gaited Horse Clinic (all horses welcome) with Carl Bledsoe from Georgia. Call 770.403.4635 for details.


June 14th - 16th - Third of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, dance, food concessions, and more. Contact Will Dean at 217.741.3086.


June 21st - 23rd - Third Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series with Barrel Racing.


June 21st - June 23rd - River Valley Trail Challenge

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June 27th - 30th - An instructional retreat called "Boot Camp" by Cornerstone Horsemanship. Get you and your horse off on the right foot with our Boot Camp. This is an all inclusive event. For details call Greta Cummings at 319.931.1398.


July 12th - 14th - Riding Clinic. Call Sheri Dill-Billings at 641.919.4021.


July 19th - 21st - The fourth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, wine tasting, food concessions, and more. Contact Will Dean at 217.741.3086.


July 26th - 28th - Unofficial “Old Cowgirls Never Die Get Together”.


Aug 2nd - 4th - Second Cowgirl Challenge. Contact Terry Kear at 309.657.1602


Aug 4th - Summer Consignment Horse and Tack Auction. Call Terry at 309.657.1602.


Aug 9th - 11th - Fourth Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series and Barrel Racing.


Aug 9th - 11th - River Valley Trail Challenge...call Gail Gray at 319.470.4529 or Teresa Murray at 319.795.1260.


Aug 16th - 18th - Fifth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, wine tasting, food concessions, and more. Contact Will Dean at 217.741.3086.


Aug 22nd - 25th - An instructional retreat called "Camp Engage". Take your horsemanship to the next level with Camp Engage. This is an all inclusive event. For details call Greta Cummings at 319.931.1398.


Sept 4th - 7th - Tri State Rodeo & Cinch Shootout at Ft. Madison. River Valley offers quiet camping only 25 miles away.


Sept 20th - 22nd - Sixth of the Ranch Horse Show series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, food concessions, & more. Contact Will Dean at 217.741.3086.


Sept 20th - 22nd - 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 27th - 29th - Fifth Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series.


Oct 3rd - 6th - BFMFRW (Bentler Family Memorial Fall Ride Weekend). Dance, trail ride, wine tasting, food, and more. A special weekend for all families and friends.


Oct 4th - 6th - Cornerstone Fellowship Ministry Cowgirl Retreat - All Girls weekend. Greta Cummings 319-931-1398.


Oct 5th - Lockridge Rough Riders Fun Show.


Oct 11th - 13th - Wright’s Donkey Sorting Series and Barrel Racing Finals with Season Awards.


Oct 11th - 13th - Finals of the River Valley Trail Challenge Series. Call Gail at 319.470.4529 for details.


Oct 11th - 13th - Check out the Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival for a great time.


Oct 18th - 20th - Finals of the Ranch Horse Show series. Don’t miss this final competition and awards. Contact Will Dean at 217.741.3086.


Oct 25th - 27th - The Spooky Halloween Weekend....trail ride, dance, wine tasting, contests, benefit auction and much more fun.  



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

Shiloh Outfitters - Mt Pleasant, IA - 319.986.5156

Rhinestones and Rawhide - 319.430.1148

Rock Ridge Saddles and Tack - Palmyra, MO - 573.406.5389


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