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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