About Us


Riverside Drifters Saddle Club{RDSC} has been around since the mid- 80’s. Our club of today is busy setting up shows for the summer. We have 3 fun shows, a cowpoke and an old fashihoned show. Our fun shows are in May, June, and July with the Common Folk Cowpoke obstacle challenge in August. We are proud of all those that show up for our shows, we have a large attendance of riders. The shows are family events. We don’t promote or encourage alcohol at our shows. We encourage everyone to ride, watch, & relax! Our facility has plenty of spectator seating and parking.   We feel that it’s a good place to get “back in the saddle”,  if you are trying out a new horse, or just want to have fun. RDSC is all about having FUN while horseback! 


We have over 100 members in our club, from the surrounding area Duluth, Deer River, Hermantown, Finlayson, Brookston, Esko, Cloquet, Kettle River, Moose Lake, Carlton, and even as far as Lake Nebagamon WI. Our meetings are held on the first Wednseday of each month in Cromwell, at 6:30pm. Meetings are NOT mandatory but if you can make it great! If not we understand. You can contact us by phone, e-mail, or on our website  with any questions or comments. Together we can make things work the best we can. The one thing we do ask from all our members, is that when possible, we all help out when needed at the shows.



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Welfare Code of Practice - American Horse Council


American society has grown away from its agrarian roots of only a few generations ago.  The horse, which was once a staple of American agriculture and general transportation, is now used primarily for breeding, competition, sport, recreation and entertainment, although there are still many horses used for work on farms and ranches, and in urban areas and exhibitions.

The horse industry is committed to the safety, health, care and welfare of all horses and to always “Put the Horse First.”

We address equine welfare and responsible care (1) by supporting a uniform Code of Practice regarding the responsible breeding, training, competing, care, use, enjoyment, health, transportation, and retirement of horses; and (2) by initiating communication with the public, the media, federal and state officials and within the horse community regarding these issues.

Our Commitment to all Horses and the Horse Industry 

The organizations listed below are committed to the principle that the welfare and safety of the horse is the guiding principle in the decision-making process for all owners, service providers, organizations, events and activities.

WE ARE COMMITTED to the dignity, humane care, health, safety and welfare of horses in all our activities and care.  These are our highest priorities.  We are the stewards of our horses and must be firm in the standards and practices that guide us.  Our first principle is:

The welfare, safety and stewardship of the horse is the guiding principle in the decision-making process for all segments for the horse industry.

WE ARE COMMITTED to promoting responsible breeding practices and to produce better horses, not just more horses. 

WE ARE COMMITTED to responsible training techniques.  All training should be done with the maturation and ability of the horse considered.  Horses should be prepared for competition with proper training and conditioning methods.  Excessive disciplining methods, whether in stables, training areas, or during competition, will not be tolerated. 

WE ARE COMMITTED to educating owners, trainers, veterinarians, competitors, exhibitors and recreational riders to ensure that they know and respect their horse’s abilities and limits, and their own, so as to not push the horse or themselves beyond their ability level.

WE ARE COMMITTED to making all competitions fair and ensuring all competitors an equal opportunity to succeed.   Performance-enhancing drugs, practices or equipment have no place in competitions or exhibitions.  Effective drug testing by accredited laboratories is essential to the safety and welfare of our horses and the public support of competitions, with appropriate penalties levied for violations.  The welfare of the horse must take precedence over the demands or expectations of owners, breeders, trainers, sellers, buyers, organizers, sponsors, officials, or spectators.

WE ARE COMMITTED to the welfare of the horse as paramount during competition.  The horse industry should invest in the infrastructure, environment and facilities to provide a safe environment for all horses in all activities, whether breeding, competing, or simply riding.  Any facilities that house horses should be committed to the appropriate care and treatment of all horses while in their facility, and should be designed with the environment and the intended use of the horse in mind.

WE ARE COMMITTED to minimizing injuries to horses during training, competition, use, or work.  Whenever possible injury data should be collected, documented and reported to the governing body of the competition or any other injury database for analysis in order to ensure a safer environment.

WE ARE COMMITTED to the continual review, evaluation and improvement of all rules, regulations, policies and practices in all equine  activities, based on science (where indicated).  When warranted, they should be refined or changed.  This includes existing practices to ensure they are not being perceived as acceptable, particularly if new research has called them into question. 

WE ARE COMMITTED to providing continuing education on all activities involving horses and eliminate inhumane practices as well as strengthening sanctions for non-compliance. 

WE ARE COMMITTED to educating all people who own or work with horses to ensure they are knowledgeable in the proper husbandry, care, and handling of horses.   Each horse should be observed frequently to ensure that they are healthy.  In consultation with a veterinarian, all such individuals should develop a sound health care program, appropriate to the facilities, environment and needs of the horses.

WE ARE COMMITTED to providing an environment in which anyone aware of equine cruelty or neglect is willing to report it to the proper local, state or federal authorities.  Should an incident occur at an event it should be reported to judges, stewards, responsible authorities or the sanctioning organization.

WE ARE COMMITTED to improving the health and welfare of horses through scientific research, collaboration, advocacy and the development of appropriate rules.  The industry should continue to support and work with the many individuals, universities, veterinarians and foundations doing and funding equine health and welfare research in order to reduce injuries and improve health.

WE ARE COMMITTED to horse owners and caretakers ensuring horses in their care are current on vaccinations and following best practices to minimize infection and disease.     When a disease outbreak occurs horse owners and events must act quickly and responsibly, monitor the horses, report the outbreak to, and cooperate with, veterinarians, authorities, facility management and all stakeholders to bring a rapid resolution to the outbreak.

WE ARE COMMITTED to ensuring that our horses will have an opportunity to transition to additional careers, uses or activities as the need arises.  When necessary, owners and veterinarians may have to consider end-of-life decisions.  The welfare, safety and dignity of the horse must continue to be the guiding principle in deciding how and when to provide a humane death.    

WE ARE COMMITTED to being transparent about our activities in order to ensure the public, the media, federal, state and local officials and the various segments of the horse community understand what we do, why we do it, and support it.


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