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 9 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.

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News:

 

Just a reminder from Kim Gamble, of Central Iowa Pony Express, Sunday March 8th At 3:30pm is our next meeting. The bowling event will be discussed and so will ride weekend. Very important to get everyone's input and feed back. Hope to see you all there.

Weekend events:

 
March 6 - 8 Iowa Deer Classic Iowa Event Center, Des Moines
March 7 Dance/Auction, Music by Brooke Turner Dance/ Auction / Raffle items Wibholm Hall @ Page County Fairgrounds
March 7 at 5:00 PM White Elephant Auction The Duck Stop in Mallard
March 7 9 Pin No Tap Bowling Tournament - See flyer for details Madrid
March 8

Central Iowa PE Meeting 3:30PM Kim Gamble"s Place  Across from Equine Referral

Runnels 

 

Bowlers are still needed for this event

Saturday March 21st at 1pm is our Pony Bowl. 9 pin no tap event in Pleasant Hill at Premeir bowling(formally Strikers) WE NEED BOWLERS!! up to 5 people per lane... we have 20 lanes reserved. Cost is $20 per person( 3 games, shoes) We also have a silent auction and 50/50 drawings. So please come out and support us and help out with Auction items if you can.

 

 

 

 


Our goal was set for the 2014 year at $230,000.00. Not only did we reach this goal, WE SURPASSED THIS GOAL!!! THANKS to
another wonderful and tremendous effort put forth by this outstanding group of volunteers, our total for 2014 is $259,783.00!!!
WAY TO GO, PONY EXPRESS! We can truly, truly say that name with PRIDE!!!

Grand Total Raised in 47 Years: