For the past 34 years, RIO owners Matt & Jeannie Mitchell have been in the hospitality industry leading the way in restaurants. Their hands-on approach has allowed them to not only lead a team but be a part of the team. With the willingness to serve others in the trenches as well as teach a strong work ethic, the Mitchells have created their niche in the hospitality industry with a servant leadership approach. Starting as team members and working their way up the ladder, with the help of a very talented team, the Mitchells now own and operate 6 restaurants.
As fate would have it, in early 2015 the Mitchell’s became part owners of a 7-year-old warmblood named Sczarge. During the first half of 2015, they attended several local shows to watch Sczarge compete in the hunter ring, then as summer arrived, they traveled to watch him compete on a national level. While they traveled with Sczarge they realized there was a need for a facility to bridge the gap between local and national shows. The question quickly arose, “What would happen if we built a 200 stall show facility and added a heavy dose of hospitality for riders, horses, and spectators?” Led by that Sczarge-initiated dream, the search for the perfect property began and the result was the creation of RIO Equestrian Centre.
RIO hires its staff members on horse show experience, knowledge and the desire to offer a show experience that caters to riders. Above all our staff members are dedicated to providing a safe, enjoyable place to show your horse.
Rio was designed to offer riders and horses alike the ultimate showing experience.
Exhibitor and spectator amenities
Frequently asked questions
How do I check in when I arrive?
At RIO, you will be greeted by someone at our entrance, in the show office or a friendly face out and about ready to help with anything.
How do I find my stalls when I arrive?
Each of our 200 permanent stalls is clearly numbered for easy identification. When checking in at the office, a stall number(s) will be assigned with your show information. Should you need help finding the stall, a friendly staff member will show you the way.
Bedding & Feed or Services
What about anon-competing horse?
All horses are welcome! Just like horses in competition, proof of a negative Coggins within the previous 6 months is due upon arrival. Please complete an entry blank for each non-competing horse.
Is RIO available for rent?
Yes! We are happy to rent the farm for almost any equine event for almost any amount of time. We also offer rentals of Stillhouse Farm, a stunning wedding and meeting venue located on property.
Can I bring my camper to RIO?
Can I bring my dog to RIO?
Yes! Dogs are welome at RIO but they must be on a leash or in a kennel.