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

Support Level Sponsor
Dr. Kathleen Davis, Ann Arbor, MI
Jeff Ploch, Waterford, WI
Runzheimer International LTD
Vista360, LLC., Milwaukee, WI

Program Sponsor
Anonymous Donor
Attorney Lincoln K. Murphy, Racine, WI
Carla & Kyle Becker, Greendale, WI
Fred L. Kann, Guttenberg, IA
LeeAnn & GregAronson, Bloomington, IN
Marty Hren, East Troy, WI
Melka's Roofing, LLC., Burlington, WI
Surface Wash & Restoration, Franklin, WI
Willafried Digby, Clearwater, FL


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



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Kids Build Workshop May 20, 2017

Exciting news! The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters Union in partnership with Bloom360 Learning Community and Willow Creek Ranch is offering a FREE, Kids Build carpentry workshop for individuals with special needs ages 5 and up! The workshop is being held on Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. There are three fun wood projects to choose from and each child is paired with a volunteer carpenter. Space is limited and registration is required.

Event details including the registration form for this event can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Braun at 414-935-6360 or pbraun@bloom360.org.

We look forward to exploring our creativity character strength with you and your child.

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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. 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... ]

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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!