WILLOW CREEK RANCH INC

Where life reins, miracles happen.

aka WCR Therapeutic Riding Center   |   MUKWONAGO, WI   |  www.willowcreekranch.org

Mission

The mission of Willow Creek Ranch, Inc. is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs by giving them the ability to enhance their physical, emotional, and cognitive development through the use of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). The benefits of equine assisted activities are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions that participants present. Research shows that children and adults can experience physical, emotional and mental rewards.

Willow Creek Ranch serves SE Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Waukesha, and Dane counties.

Notes from the nonprofit

Austin started riding Toby Horse in May of 2018, and in August, Austin got on his bicycle with training wheels and took off riding like he’d always been doing it! We truly believe riding Toby helped Austin gain the confidence and core strength he needed to balance on the bicycle and feel secure while riding. Before Austin started with horse therapy, he had never called us Daddy or Mama. He didn’t understand that a pet could have a name, and just called an animal dog, cat, or horse. As Austin progressed in therapeutic riding, he started learning that the other horses at the ranch each had their own names. He learned to remember and call them by name when he would see them during different visits. He eventually learned the dogs’ names at the farm and towards the very end of his sessions last summer, he did something had never done before, he called us Daddy and Mama. Before he started therapeutic riding, he protected himself from being overstimulated by keeping himself in a bubble.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Jennifer Pape

Chairperson

Marty Hren

Main address

7404 NORTHWEST HIGHWAY

MUKWONAGO, WI 53149 USA

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EIN

26-0607719

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Mental Health Disorders (F70)

Other Services (D60)

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Our programs

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Honey Creek Counseling & Recovery Services

Honey Creek Counseling & Recovery Services practices the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model with a mental health professional and equine specialist.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Riding and interacting with horses provides physical, psychological and social benefits. We extend those benefits to special needs children and adults through teaching basic horsemanship skills.
For a rider, a horse mimics the human gait: up and down, side to side, back and forth in synchronized, repetitive patterns. This movement can strengthen and improve balance, muscle tone, and head/neck control.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

PATH International Center Member 2007

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association 2014

Financials

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WILLOW CREEK RANCH INC

Board of directors
as of 1/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lincoln Murphy

Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer, S.C.

Term: 2009 -

Lincoln Murphy

Gendlin, Liverman, Rymer, S.C.

Angelica Arzola-Barr

Guggenheim Partners

Marty Hren

Columbia-St. Mary's

Rosemary Palmer

Lakeview Specialty Hospital & Rehab.

Tara Borger

Willow Creek Ranch, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No