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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.



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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!



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 & Linc Jackson
AbbVie Employee Engagement Fund
Adventures in Advertising
AG Shaw
Alayne Bell
Aldo Bosco
All American Window & Door Co.
Amanda Kachikis
Amato Ford, Inc.
AmazonSmile Foundation
American Online Giving Foundation
Amy & Jameson Durkin
Amy Johnson
Andrea McHugh
Andy & LeAnn Cartwright
Ann & Fritz Rouse
AT&T Corporate Giving Program
Aurora Health Care
Barb & Craig La Cour
Barb & Dave Bradley
Barb Jermyn
Benevity Cause
Best Radon Solutions LLC
Bev & Lamar Buchholz
Bob Birchell Photography
Bob Sherwood
Brandon Kann
Brian Murphy
Brianna Kampmeier
Bucky's Meats
Cardinal Health Foundation
Carey & Scott Privatt
Charla Younk
Charles Roy
Christine MacCrindle
Cindy & Dwight Gosh-Lee
Cindy & Randy Schultz
Corbin Renner
Createscape Landscaping Service
Dan McKissick
Darci Borcherding
Darlene & Joe Gosh
Deb & Tom Yow
Debra Winter
Diane Szolyga
Dirk Fishback
Donna Titzer
Dr. Kathleen Davis
Dr. Tom Wanezek
Eileen & Tom Rauman
Elizabeth Johnson
End of the Leash
Erin Westphal
Fred L. Kann
Gendlin, Liverman, Rymer
Gene Stang
Germaine & Mike Kann
Glenn Wille
Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund


Gordon J. Maier & Co.
Hahn Building Company, LLC
Hal Koller
Harold Jackson
Honey Creek Counseling & Recovery
IBM Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign
Jack Pease
JamieLyn & Tim Callahan
Jan & Lynn Lee
Jane Jones
Janelle & Dan Tavela
Jayne Abu-Hijleh
Jeannie Jilek-Horn
Jennifer Pape
Jennifer Schmitt
Jenny & Diane Wanta
Jessica Lund
Jill Ninko
JoAnn & Alan Voss
JoAnn Voss
Joe Schimpf
Joe Waterman
Joni Nelson
Jordanne & Nathaniel Waldschmidt
Judy & Frank Supko
Judy & Mike Krier
Julie & Richard Holloway
Kathy & Bruce Otte
Kathy & Dan Voeltner
Katie & Ben Voss
Keith & Kinsey Schulz
Kim & Derick Kann
Kim & Timothy Rymer
Kiwanis Club of Union Grove
Kiwanis Club of Waterford
Kristi & Ryan Dietz
Kristin Martinez
Kurt Hennelly
Lake Beulah Country Club
Lake Geneva Country Meats
Lara Simmons
Larry Schmitt
Laura & Jeff Rauman
Lee Ann & Greg Aronson
Lenny Gums
Leonard Yow
Linc Murphy
LindaLee & Gordie Bartlett
Lisa & Dan Holden
Lisa Hannes
Lisa Holden
Lisa Newcomer
Lisa Schatz
Lori & Curt Harmaty
Lorraine & Gary Oldenburg
LuAnn & Dennis Martins
Lynn Hoefs

Marie & David Rouse
Mark Cartwright
Mark Krupp
Mark Pattison
Marnie Hess
Marty Hren
Mary & Don Harvey
Mary & Leon Schlueter
Melissa & Jared Burback
Melka's Roofing, LLC
Michael Shawhan
Morgan Stanley Foundation
Nancy & Clay Nuehring
Nancy Leahy
Nancy Wilant
Nate & Megan Schlueter
Network for Good-Facebook
Next Step Life Coach
Nichole Gladney
Pam & Tom Hoffman
Pam Mueller
Pat & Victor Schittone
Pat Davis
Patti & Tom Angerer
Payne & Dolan Inc.
Peggy & Darrel Stoen
Pete & Sandy Oemichen
Rebecca & Jake Melka
Rebecca Caradonna
Rene & Russell Hall
Roger Carter
Roger Davis
Rosemary Palmer
Rusty Wear
Samantha Wille
Sandra Anderson
Schwab Charitable Fund
Sharlae & Matt Lund
State Farm Insurance, Waterford
Stefanie Cimoli
Stephanie & Skip Weidner
Steve Berg
Strategic Sourcing Soluntions, Inc.
Tami Kann Daniels
Tammy & Emily Cadman
Tari & Troy Wyss
Ted Jan
Terry Wiskes
Thrivent Choice Dollars
Thrivent Live Generously
Tractor Supply Co., Mukwonago
Tricia & John Shinners
Tri-City Bank
Vicki & Brian Volp
Waterford Family Dental, S.C.
Willafried Digby
WISILL HRC members
Zella & Ronald Greb
WCR Volunteers, Staff, & Equines