Red River Riders

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

A Message From Chris…

I’m way behind, but catching up quickly. Last year was a blur after Walt’s strokes & many doctor & therapy appointments. We are getting our feet back on the ground & ready to make 2017 a great year. Walt’s doing well. Back to work full time & adapting to changes in sight & memory. We are ready for a major vacation. Does anyone know anything about train travel? Looking for suggestions & experiences with Amtrak. The horses are weathering winter well. Everyone is happy, healthy, & well fed. The ice hasn’t been a problem in the paddocks this year. That’s been a great benefit for all. I think they are starting to shed. Quite a few hairs on my glove after petting Torka yesterday. The horses & I are looking forward to seeing all of you as soon as the weather heads into spring. Next newsletter, I’ll aim for the end of April, I’ll add pictures of all the horses here. There are a couple you may not know yet, & our main crew. If anyone has a good picture of one of the horses, please share by texting or emailing it to me. You will find a page listing the class schedules for this year. Now is the time to contact me to reserve your class. Remember – first come, first served. This year you must pay as soon as you sign up. Last year we held several spots & the rider never came. That made our finances tight & we had to turn away riders who wanted to ride. We have not raised our rates for many years, so please send your $90.00 per session as soon as you sign up. If you have to cancel we can refund your payment, if we know early enough, to let someone else use that spot. Checks should be made out to Red River Riders & mailed to N6669 Cherry Road, Shawano, WI 54166. Call or text me (Chris) at 715-853-6449, or email me at cmbaldwin@frontiernet.net. Volunteers, we hope you can join us again this year. We miss all of you. Please check out your schedule & call to sign up for your shift. Bring a friend or family member. Anyone interested in learning how to become an assistant instructor, or full instructor? We will send any serious prospective instructors to seminars for training after completing a year here as an assistant instructor. We will pay for seminars and certification. Call if you would like more info. Wishing you a great 2017!





  We are very sad to announce that Dawn Novitski will not be instructing this year. Dawn has been part of RRR since she was 13 years old. Dawn completed certification as a therapeutic riding instructor after she graduated from high school & has been working hard at RRR ever since. This year Dawn & her family will be taking time out to focus on 4-H & rodeo drill teams. Besides enjoying trail riding as a family as often as possible, Dawn is a thrilling rider for Rodeo City Riders drill team. The team exhibits during local fairs, rodeos, & events, and they travel to a few other states to do demonstrations. This year Piper will be following in her Mom’s footprints (stirrups?) in the Shawano County 4-H drill team. The Novitski’s are a family that works together to make all this work along with several other interests they all share. We wish Dawn, John, Walker, & Piper a great year, but we are anxious to see Dawn return to instructing as soon as she can.

2017 Classes: Riders We are making a few changes this year.

Classes will be: Tuesday & Wednesday at 4:00p.m. and 5:15p.m. Thursday at 5:00p.m. & 6:15p.m. Thursday is now the late night. Cost: $90.00 per six-week session. Riders must pay as soon as they sign up for a session. Checks should be made out to Red River Riders and mailed to: N6669 Cherry Road, Shawano, WI 54166 Please read my opening letter & check the calendar page before signing up. Volunteers: Please note the time changes listed above, Thursday is now the late night.

I would like to introduce our new Volunteer Coordinator – Toni Zuercher. We will be scheduling an instructors & volunteer coordinator meeting very soon. We’ll send out an email & text as soon as Toni feels comfortable scheduling volunteer time. Toni will be the person you call this year to sign up and discuss any questions, suggestions, and schedule conflicts. You can still call me if you have to cancel last minute, or you can’t get in touch with Toni right away. I’d also like to let everyone know that we are always interested in inviting any adult who would like to consider becoming an assistant instructor, and possibly continuing on to be certified as a therapeutic riding instructor to call me for more information.

Toni – Home – 715-752-4712

Cell – 920-277-4968

Email – toniz2006@yahoo.com

Would you like to help out the Red River Riders? Here’s How:


We are contacting you about becoming a sponsor for our Day at the Races event.  The event will be Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Shawano County Park Pavilion in Shawano, WI from 12:30 pm-5:00 pm. Sponsorship at any level is appreciated.


1) MAJOR Sponsor, $1,000 – Only 1 available!  Be named as our presenting sponsor and get 8 tickets to the event to share with your friends, employees, colleagues and friends.  “(Name of your business) 10th Annual Red River Riders Day at the Races” – Please call Karen for availability.

2) VIP sponsorship, $250 – Due January 15 – will have name on all advertisements and 2 tickets to attend.

3) Horserace naming rights, $150 – Due February 10 – will be printed on all programs and race will be called with your special name.

4) Horse & Jockey naming rights, $15 – Due February 10 – will be printed on all programs with your special name.

5) Any dollar amount you care to donate will be gladly accepted.

6) Any item or gift certificate from your business appropriate for a raffle.

7) Any donation of a product your business may have that we can serve on race day, i.e. snacks, trail mix, bakery goodies, cheese, fruit or veggie trays, etc.


Donation receipts are available on request. Red River Riders is a 501(c) (3) organization.


Questions can be directed to:

Karen DeKelver, coordinator, can be contacted directly at 715-526-3840


Chris Baldwin, President 715-526-6400


We hope to see you February 19th at the 11th Annual Red River Riders Day at the Races for a day of fun and fundraising! Tickets go on sale January 20, 2017.

Find Red River Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Facebook for more information.


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Thank You in Advance from Red River Riders

To all our Thrivent Financial Friends:

Did you know that you can designate Red River Riders as a recipient of your Choice Dollars?
Thrivent has a charitable program that will distribute charitable outreach funds to eligible nonprofit organizations.
Red River Riders has been approved & we are currently receiving funds through this program.

Thrivent Financial

United Way:

Red River Riders has been the recipient of funds through several United Way agencies in the area.
This is a contribution through your workplace. Often the employer will match funds.
United Way has helped fill in many gaps in our operating expenses.
Thank you to all contributors. All donations help keep our services affordable for all riders.

United Way Shawano County

Red River Riders is also a member of the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce

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