For the past 34 years, RIO owners Matt & Jeannie Mitchell have been in the hospitality industry as leaders in restaurants. Their hands on approach has allowed them to not only lead a team, but also 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 and then as summer arrived they traveled to watch him compete on a national level. As they traveled with Sczarge the realization that a need existed for a facility to bridge the gap between local and national shows became apparent. 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?” Lead by that Sczarge-initiated dream, the search for the perfect property began and has resulted in the creation of RIO Equestrian Center.
RIO CONCIERGES & STAFF
RIO hires its staff based on horse show experience, knowledge and the desire to offer an experience above and beyond any other.