Premium Ranch Horses
At WCR, our goal is to sell quality and versatile ranch horses that can go in any direction. Where “gentle” and “broke” meet in the middle. We produce quality prospects that will be equally handy in the show pen as well as on the ranch, or down the trail.
We are so pleased with Willow Creek Ranch. The training is impeccable and the experience was transparent, friendly and fun! Sarah and Karin made the whole experience wonderful. We could not be happier! Thank you!
- Anne & Woody H., McCloud, CA
I just want to let you guys know McArthur is doing great! He is such a good boy. I took him trail riding the past few days and some arena work. River crossings he practically had to swim across were no issue. Steps out by himself, trusting. He follows you around, loads, trailers, is polite. He’s wonderful, everything I was looking for in a horse. Thank you again.
- Molly S., Redding, CA
Awesome work Karin, you must be so proud. If you are reading this and need some horse training, go see Karin and Sarah they are amazing! This 3 year old boy came to Willow Creek Ranch about 4 weeks after his 3rd and last race at Golden Gate Fields. Yes, he is a Thoroughbred. He has learned so much in the last couple of months.
- Carolyn S., McCloud, CA
MEET OUR TEAM
Karin - Head Trainer
Karin grew up in the Woodside, California area. She began riding at the age of 8 and showed hunter/jumpers throughout high school. After that, she attended Feather River College where she found a love for colt starting and western performance. While studying for her AS in Equine Science, she worked for reined cow horse trainer Todd Crawford for two summers as an intern. After college, Karin went to work for reined cow horse trainer Monica Caetano for two years.
In 2019, she began working at Willow Creek Ranch. Karin is passionate about bringing young horses along and making them as "fancy broke" as possible to be able to excel in any western performance discipline. She finds this ranch to be an excellent and unique place to train young horses, and treats the vast acreage of trails as an extension of her riding arena. She shows her mare, Helen, in reined cow horse events in her spare time. She is very excited to be training horses here at the ranch.
Sarah - Program Manager
Sarah is from Northern Arizona and grew up riding. She became very interested in natural horsemanship at an early age. Sarah has always been fascinated with equine psychology and different disciplines. In high school she worked for colt starter, Ned Leigh before going to Arizona State to get her B.S. in Supply Chain Management.
In between college years she worked for a variety of horse trainers including Monty Buntin and Ryan Rose and took a year off in college to study with Linda Parelli.
Sarah loves horses and people and using her business degree to manage the horse training and sale program at Willow Creek Ranch. In her spare time, Sarah loves to ride her personal horse, expand her knowledge of western performance and to spend time with her husband, Mike.