Welcome To Pony Express Riders Of Iowa                                                                             

Pony Express Riders of Iowa, Inc. is a network of volunteer "Riders" who host fundraisers in their home county throughout the year. No formal qualifications are needed to become a  member of Pony Express - men, women, and children join in the common cause of helping children and adults with disabilities. The money raised is used to benefit Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines, IA. The "Riders" receive no compensation for their time, the smiles on the children's faces and knowing they've made a difference in their lives is the truest reward!

Stub Johnson, Leo Gray, and Wayne Neilson had the idea to ride "Pony Express Style" county to county, not to carry mail but to carry money to help Iowa children and adults with disabilities. The first ride, March 30, 1968 raised $12,000.00 in NW Iowa. The success spurred them to expand the ride throughout the state the following year.

While the annual ride held Easter weekend involves horses, many members don't ride or own horses.  With regional rides starting at various points across the state on Good Friday and converging in Des Moines, IA for the big ride into Camp Sunnyside on Saturday afternoon, the event concludes Saturday night with a Victory dance to announce the year's grand total. In the 40 plus years, Pony Express Riders of Iowa have raised over 10 million dollars for Camp Sunnyside.

Other states have patterned groups after the Iowa Model but none have come close to matching the success and support of Iowa's Pony Express.


50th Anniversary Belt Buckle Sales

Pre-paid Buckles will be available during Ride weekend, April 15, 2017, at Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside following the parade and also at the Victory Dance at Lake Robbins Saturday evening.  Please can contact Jason Reinertson for more information.

Still some 50 year anniversary buckles available for sale, please call Kim @ 515-202-0954 to reserve yours!

The #1 Buckle will be auctioned at the 50 Year Ride Re-Creation Dance in Spencer on March 25th.  If you’re unable to attend, phone/call in Bids will be taken by calling any of these numbers:



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In Spencer, IA on March 25th. Where the Pony Express Riders will be riding the 3 original routes, starting in Spencer, reenacting that first Ride raising money for Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside. Then all are encouraged to come help celebrate this milestone at a DANCE & AUCTION  at the Clay County Fairgrounds that evening.

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Ride Day 2017 is April 15th!  See you all there!


Grand Total Raised in 49 Years: