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Willow Creek Ranch Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit therapeutic riding center for children and adults with special needs located in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

We are dedicated to providing a therapeutic riding program to children and adults with a variety of disabilities and conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Learning Disabilities, and Down Syndrome.

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Our program would not be possible without the help from volunteers and donors. Please consider making a donation to Willow Creek Ranch, click the button below to donate securely online.

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During therapeutic riding, a special needs individual’s body moves in a way very similar to human walking. The horse moves up and down; side to side; and back and forth in synchronized, repetitive patterns, much the same as the human gait. This movement improves the rider’s balance, body symmetry, muscle tone, and head and neck control.

The success of the riders has been unbelievable. Two of our autistics non-verbal children spoke their first words after a month of therapeutic riding. The children were able to ask the horse to "walk" and praise the horse by saying "good boy Slapshot".

We are a member of PATH Intl. PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has nearly 800 member centers and over 6,300 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 42,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activity and therapy programs.

Willow Creek Ranch is a member of PATH Intl., and has been in operation since September, 2007.


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Q & A on Therapeutic Riding

Read an Q&A with WCR Founder Jennifer Pape, as appeared in SHE Magazine, Kenosha WI.


We have an ambitious goal to raise funds for a major improvement in the ability of Willow Creek Ranch to provide on-going safety and consistency for our special riders. Currently, we are at the mercy of our wonderful Wisconsin weather and we want to provide an indoor arena to eliminate late cancellations of lessons due to rainstorms, cold weather or the hot sun.

Our goal is to raise $250,000 to build a facility for riding with a parent/visitor viewing area, tack room, handicapped accessible restroom, horse stalls, and a multi-purpose room for training, meetings and vocational therapy.


Families, friends and volunteers of Willow Creek Ranch have already spread the word. Download a copy of our letter/testimonials/donation form >

Thank you to the following supporters of our program:

Major Sponsor
Anonymous Donation
Mike & Jennifer Krupp, Coralville, IA
RESK Consulting, LLC., Gurnee, IL
Gabert & Rusch Properties, Oshkosh, WI

Support Level Sponsor
Vista360, LLC., Milwaukee, WI
Jeff Ploch, Waterford, WI
Runzheimer International LTD

Program Sponsor
Attorney Lincoln K. Murphy, Racine, WI
Fred L. Kann, Guttenberg, IA
Greg & LeeAnn Aronson, Bloomington, IN
Marty Hren, East Troy, WI
Melka's Roofing, LLC., Burlington, WI
Dr. Kathleen Davis, Ann Arbor, MI
Surface Wash & Restoration, Franklin, WI
Anonymous Donor
Kyle & Carla Becker, Greendale, WI

Class Sponsor
Charla R. Younk, Norway, WI
Kind Dentistry, LLC., Racine, WI
Leon & Mary Schlueter, Farmington, MN
Yun Pan & Ed Younk, Rochester, MN
Dan & Janelle Tavela, Franklin, WI
Chuck & Diane Graham, Boyonet, FL
Bob & Beth Simpson, Wadsworth, IL
Fritz & Ann Rouse, Fitchburg, WI
Waterford Family Dentist, Waterford, WI
Bob & Mystie Pieters, Porter, IN
Villani, Becker & Larsen SC., Kenosha, WI
West 20 Ranch & Saddle Co., East Troy, WI
John Amato FORD, Inc., Mukwonago, WI
Tom, Deb, Shaughnessy Yow, Racine, WI
Jon & Bekah Otte, Grafton, WI
Jenefer Lingar, Burlington, WI
The Brand Family, Franksville, WI
Don & Mary Harvey, Burlington, WI
Linda Lee & Gordy Bartlett, St. Johns, FL
Pinkalla Auto Solutions, LLC, Racine, WI
Bruce & Kathy Otte, Plymouth, WI
Willafried Digby, Clearwater, FL
Larry & Kathy Howard, Klamath Falls, OR
Derick & Kim Kann, Austin, TX
AbbVie Foundation, Mountain View, CA
Copies & Prints Plus LLC, Lake Geneva, WI

Rider Sponsor
Greg & Anna Mathy, Muskego, WI
Greg & LeeAnn Aronson, Bloomington, IN
Jeanne Johnson, Norway, WI
Mike & Judy Krier, Belgium, WI
Sam Younk, Norway, WI
Steve & Marie Blank, Florence, WI
Ed Bocek, Norway, WI
Carl Tavela, Milwaukee, WI
Ruth Wendtlandt, Middleton, WI
Dave & Marie Rouse, Florence, WI
Perfection Auto Body, Inc., Burlington, WI
J&D Restorative Products, St. Charles, IL
Ed Roanhouse, Waterford, WI
John's Main Event, Burlington, WI
Barb & Craig La Cour, Burlington, WI
Members of the Oak Creek Police Department, Oak Creek, WI
JoAnn & Alan Voss, Guttenberg, IA
Laurie & Glenn Olsen, Downers Grove, IL
Donna Titzer, Burlington, WI
State Farm, Bill Czaja Insurance, Waterford, WI
Richard & Jayne Davis, Pell Lake, WI
Jewell White, Cameron, WI
Miller Ford, Inc., Burlington, WI
Peggy & Darrel Stoen, Melrose, WI
Mike & Kathy Thompson, Indianapolis, IN
Larry & Jennifer Schmitt, Franklin, WI
Dan & Patsy Sebben, Deforest, WI
Pat & Charles Yates, McKinney, TX
Tina Romano-Allen, North Royalton, OH
Abbe Smith, Atkinson, NH


Old Settlers Inn, Union Grove, WI
Fox Valley Veterinary Service, Waterford, WI
Itzin's Shoes & Repair, LLC., Burlington, WI
Wines for Humanity, Burlington, WI
White Fox Den II, Waterford, WI
Hampton Inn, Burlington, WI
Performance Tire & Auto Service, Burlington, WI
Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Milwaukee, WI
Culver's Restaurant, Burlington, WI
RAW Salon & Spa, Burlington, WI
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Showboat Theatre, Lake Geneva, WI
Tractor Supply Company, Burlington, WI
Tractor Supply Company, Mukwonago, WI
Cotton Exchange, Waterford, WI
Don & Mary Harvey, Burlington, WI
Country Springs Hotel, Waukesha, WI
Midwest Chainsaw, Conover, WI
Lee Ann Michelau, Rochester, WI
Grainger Industrial Supply, Waukesha, WI
Don & Mary Harvey, Burlington, WI
End of the Leash, Mukwonago, WI
Bucky's Meats, Mukwonago, WI
Chocolate Expressions, Burlington, WI
Plaza Theater, Burlington, WI
Toppers Pizza, Mount Pleasant, WI
The Lemon Frog, Burlington, WI
Red Robin, Greenfield, WI
Rocky Rococo, Mukwonago, WI
Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee, WI
Willow Creek Ranch, Inc., Mukwonago, WI
Burlington Garden Center, Burlington, WI
Tantrum Tanning Salon, Burlington, WI
Norwex, Racine, WI
Thirty One Gifts, Racine, WI
Marilyn Borger, Salem, WI
Tara Borger, Salem, WI
Napoli's Restaurant & Pizzeria, Burlington, WI
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Greenfield, WI
A Younger You Medical Spa, Burlington, WI
Woodhouse Day Spa, Mukwonago, WI
3M Products, Prairie Du Chien, WI
Prostar Surfaces, Mequon, WI
Elegance Salon & Spa, New Berlin, WI
Seven Seas, Hartland, WI
ABC Supply, West Allis, WI
Wern Valley Sportsmens Club, Waukesha, WI



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Willow Creek Ranch is excited to announce our latest plans to better serve our riders—an indoor arena! Wisconsin is well known for quick changing weather and it really impacts our lessons and our riders. One day our riders need sweaters, the next day, sunscreen. Will the rain hold off or do we need to cancel our ride? Fall comes and the sun goes down earlier and earlier, eliminating that 5:30 or 6:30 evening ride.
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Willow Creek Ranch is happy to partner with the following great organizations:

Honey Creek Counseling



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Our program would not be possible without the help from volunteers. Make a donation!