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The horses of Willow Creek Ranch





Registered Appaloosa


Chestnut, with a star and blaze, one white sock


14.2 hands


Kirsten Pape

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Senators Slapshot has been part of the Willow Creek Ranch founder’s family since he was two years old. He was the very first horse and babysitter for Kirsten, daughter of the founder of Willow Creek Ranch! Slapshot is a registered Appaloosa, a chestnut with a star and a blaze and one white sock and is 14.2 hands. He was born March 28, 2002.

Slapshot was one of WCR’s first of three program horses during the pilot program in 2007. He played a dual role in 2008 of lesson horse and barrel racing horse until he and Kirsten became trained athletes to compete. Slapshot and Kirsten’s competition career: In 2008, they took home the title of All-Around High-Point champion, making them the youngest to win at the Walworth County fair. In 2009, they were Youth Reserve Champion barrel racer in age18 and under category. In 2010, the Kirsten-Slapshot team accomplishments included: Youth State NBHA finalist, open plug champion and arena record holder, Youth Champion barrel racer at two local arenas, 4H State reserve champion in pole bending, 4H three time State Champion in barrels, Plug, and LT special, 4H State six time top 10 qualifier. In 2011 and 2012 they were competitors in the Little Britches Rodeo of Wisconsin, and from 2012-2013 were also part of the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association team. During their NBHA barrel circuit career they qualified for State in 2010, and also competed at the World Championships in 2011 and 2012. Slapshot finished his career as a World finalist in Perry, Georgia.

By the time Slapshot was 12 years old, he and Kirsten had traveled over 20,000 miles during his eight year career. He took some much needed time off in 2013 to relax and recuperate, and in 2014 Senators Slapshot was reintroduced back into the therapeutic riding program, offering lessons to individuals with special needs. Willow Creek Ranch is proud to have the young, athletic, charming, goof-ball with the program! He will finish out his days as a therapeutic riding horse until his “official” retirement. Thank you to Kirsten for sharing her beautiful, talented, loving horse with children and young adults with special needs. He will have a forever home at WCR!

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