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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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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.


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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 major supporters of our program:

Major Sponsor
Mike & Jennifer Krupp
RESK Consulting, LLC - wishing great luck to great people!

Program Sponsor
Greg & Lee Ann Aronson
Fred L. Kann
Attorney Lincoln K. Murphy "Best wishes and good luck for a successful 2015 rodeo."

Raffle Prize Donations
Tractor Supply Company, Burlington, WI
Culver's Restaurant, Burlington, WI
Hampton Inn, Burlington, WI
Old Settlers Inn Bar & Grill, Bowling Alley
Racine Art Museum, (Pass admits one family - 2 adults & up to 3 children Performance Tire & Auto Service
White Fox Den II



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.
So, for the safety and consistency for our special needs riders, we are asking for the help of our friends and supporters to build an indoor arena. [ Read more... ]

Check out the APRIL 2015 NEWSLETTER!
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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!