The Mitchells

The Owners

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 Staff

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.

The facility


Rio was designed to offer riders and horses alike the ultimate showing experience.



(10x) 20 stall barns

12 x 12 box stalls with stall gates

Shaded and Sunny turnouts –64 x 64

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(1) 200 x 400 Warm up arena

(2) 275 x 175 Competition arenas The addition of a higher rail to one of the arenas will be complete by June 2018!

Water spigots on each side of every barn

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Friendly staff ready to help

Dressing room in each barn

Equine photographer

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Exhibitor and spectator amenities



15-20 minutes from hotels, shopping and restaurants

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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

RIO teammates are happy to get bedding, feed and/or handling services during your stay, if you choose. We are happy to feed, muck and turnout if you’re running low on time or just need an extra hand. Goods Premium Flake Pine Shavings $9/bag Grain price varies by type of feed desired, 50 pound bag minimum Prarie hay in square bales $TBD (Minimum purchase quantity is 1 bale) Services Feeding- inquire in the office Mucking- inquire in the office

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?

Trailers with living quarters and campers are welcome, however, they must be self-contained. RIO does not have RV hookups. For RV hookups, check out Kansas City East Trailside RV Park and Campground located at1000 RD Mize Rd. Grain Valley, MO 64029.

Can I bring my dog to RIO?

Yes! Dogs are welome at RIO but they must be on a leash or in a kennel.

Where should I park?

Ample parking is available. Trailer parking is just beyond the south side of the barns. Spectator and guest parking is the asphalt lot near the arenas.

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