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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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How you can help

Our program would not be possible without the help from our therapy horses, volunteers and donors. Please consider making a donation to Willow Creek Ranch, to help fund the Indoor Riding Arena project, Sponsor a Therapy Horse or Donkey, provide a Scholarship for riding lessons, or donate your time and talents! 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.

Thank you to the following supporters of our program:

Abbe Smith-Jackson
AbbVie Employee Engagement Fund
Connie & Aldo Bosco
John Amato Ford
American Transmission Co. LLC
Ann & Fritz Rouse
AT&T Employee Engagement Fund
Aurora Health Care Employee Fund
Bekah & Jon Otte
Benevity Cause
Bob Birchell
Cardinal Health Foundation
Catholic Financials
Charla Younk
Cindy & Dwight Lee
Cindy & Randy Schultz
Donna Titzer
Fred L. Kann
Honey Creek Counseling & Recovery Services
IBM Employee Services Center
Jan & Lynn Lee
Jane & Michael Durovy
Jennifer & Michael Krupp
Jennifer Pape
Jennifer Schmitt
Jim & Marcie Caughey
Jody & Andre Antreassian
Joni Nelson
Judy & Mike Krier
Judy Supko
Julie Holloway
Kathleen Davis
Kathy & Bruce Otte
Knights of Columbus 524 Center, INC.
Lake Geneva Country Meats


Larry Schmitt
Laura & Jeff Rauman
Lee Ann & Greg Aronson
Leonard Yow
LindaLee & Gordy Bartlett
Lorraine & Gary Oldenburg
LuAnn Martins
Marcie & Jim Caughey
Marie & David Rouse
Marie & Steve Blank
Mark Krupp
Marty Hren
Mary & Don Harvey
Mary & Leon Schlueter
Melka's Roofing, LLC
Michelle Harken
Morgan Stanley Employee Match
Pat Schittone
Patti & Scott Lojeski
Patti & Peter Sommers
Payne & Dolan, Inc.
Peggy & Darrel Stoen
Rebecca & Jacob Melka
Runzheimer International Ltd.
Sam Younk
State Farm Insurance-Bill Czaja Office
Ted Jan
Thrivent Financials
Tricia & John Shinners
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties
Vicki & Brian Volp
Waterford Family Dental, S.C.
William Girdzius
Zella & Ronald Greb



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2017 Ranch Rodeo - 10th Anniversary Photos, CLICK TO VIEW GALLERY

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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!