About the Race


The Race

The fourth annual River Rat Paddle Challenge on our scenic Ouachita River will be held on September 28, 2019. Proceeds will benefit Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana, Inc. We hope to have over 150 racers participating in this year's event.  The race is about 6 and a half miles long and includes divisions for paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks (multiple lengths/styles) for men, women, and children.


Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana (HATS)

Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana, Inc. provides therapeutic horsemanship instruction to people who are “differently-abled.” We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization incorporated in 2009, and we are located in Calhoun, LA.  


Attention Rat Packs

The River Rat Paddle Challenge is not just about speed, but our ability to showcase just what makes our event so fun!  Some of our most coveted awards are presented to Rat Packs who are, well, a little special!  "The Big Cheese" is awarded to the largest Rat Pack (as measured by the number on your team), "The Speedy Gonzales" is awarded to the fastest team (determined by the finish time of the third team member). Everyone's favorite, though, is the "I Smell a Rat" (as determined by the amount of fun your team is having, costumes or theme, or however you show off your River Rat style).   What is YOUR definition of a river rat?  We don't hide our crazy around here! We put it on the river for all to enjoy! 



We offer everything you need to have a great day on the water or trail! Brands include: BOTE boards,  KULA, FRIO, Mojo, Stormtech, and Geaux Hammocks.  


Cajun food restaurant located on the beautiful Ouachita River. Enjoy the scenery, the best Cajun cooking, lunch specials, and weekly live music.  


Louisiana Delta Adventures works to bring “new dollars” into northeast Louisiana by capitalizing on agritourism, nature-based tourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism. 

Sponsor the River Rat Paddle Challenge 2019 and See Your Logo and Link Here!

Contact Leslie Vowles at Horse Assisted Therapy Services for details!

(318)243-1211 or hatsofnla@yahoo.com



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Special Thanks


  • Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Reserve Unit 
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Horse Assisted Therapy Services volunteers and families
  • Race Committee: Scott Moore, David Dupree, Mark Elliott, Stephanie Herrmann, Leslie Greene, Melissa Haisty, and Leslie Vowles