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The horses of Willow Creek Ranch





AQHA Registered Quarter Horse




15.3 hands


Kirsten Pape

Chexerrific, also known as Gator, has been part of the Pape family since he was five years old. He came from McBride Quarter Horses, near Medical Lake in Spokane, Washington. Gator has outstanding bloodlines from Chex Nu Jewel who earned titles in reining and cow horse competitions. But with Gator’s height and non-competitive attitude he did not make the cut to be a reining horse. In the spring of 2011, Kirsten, daughter of Willow Creek Ranch founder, accepted the challenge of training Gator to be a barrel racing horse for NBHA and a barrel and pole bending competitor in Little Britches Rodeo of Wisconsin and Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association team. During their NBHA barrel circuit career they qualified and became a State finalist in 2012. Gator and Kirsten also competed at the World Championships in 2012 and 2013 and Gator finished his career as a World finalist in Perry, Georgia. In four short years, Gator traveled over 20,000 miles! He will finish out his days here until his retirement as a therapy horse. He will have a forever home at WCR!

Gator was introduced into the therapeutic riding and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model programs in the fall of 2014. These programs offer sessions to individuals with special needs, abuse and trauma (PTSD), substance abuse, and depression. With his great qualities, he is an asset to those wanting to excel in their riding skills, social and communication skills, and improve self-confidence and esteem.

Gator, one of our taller horses at 15.3 hands, is an AQHA registered quarter horse and a Buckskin color. He is owned by Kirsten Pape and his birthday is April 2, 2006. He is quite interactive and social; he will welcome you into his personal space and often times invade yours. Gator loves the world he lives in and is quite curious. WCR is proud to have a horse with so much personality and poise.

Send Gator some treats or provide for his care to continue to be a part of our program.