Heaven’s Gait Ranch is a nonprofit, therapeutic riding center whose mission is to build a compassionate community that embraces individuals who recognize the need to heal and challenge their adversity to grow.
Heaven’s Gait Ranch strives to be a community leader in improving the quality of life in individuals with special needs and disabilities through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
While offering equine-assisted activities and therapeutic services to individuals in need, Heaven’s Gait Ranch will create an extended family who cares for the well-being of its fellow man: stranger or neighbor. This family understands the need to care for that whole person—mind, body, and soul. Therefore, because Heaven’s Gait Ranch was founded under our Christian values, we will strive to lead by example and offer opportunities for children, teenagers, young adults, veterans, and retirees to grow in these ways—not just as riders but also as volunteers.
Heaven’s Gait Ranch began in the mid 2000s when the late Elaine McClaren envisioned the power of its potential. As a new resident to Cedar Grove who was entering her encore career, she came across the perfect property to open a therapeutic riding center, a long-held dream of hers. With her faith in God, love of horses, and respect for U.S. veterans, this facility was undoubtedly one way she hoped to make a difference in the lives of those around her. Nevertheless, while working to organize all of the details that go into opening, funding, and staffing a non-profit organization, Elaine was diagnosed with an uncompromising form of cancer, and she sadly passed away before her plans for the ranch ever came to fruition. Now, years later, it is her son Brian and his wife Margaret Mary who have taken over the reins. Picking up where Elaine left off, Brian and Margaret Mary have not only committed to promoting her cause but also to fulfilling her dream by opening Heaven’s Gait Ranch. And in 2016, Heaven’s Gait Ranch became an Accredited Member Center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.
With the support of their family and friends, Brian and Margaret Mary took the leap of faith to make this dream become a reality. Beginning their journey as volunteers in the equine therapy industry, the couple was inspired by the positive effects therapeutic riding not only had on each rider, but also each spectating family member and participating volunteer. As a result, they hope to share this incredibly moving experience with you.
Heaven’s Gait Ranch rests on a 17 acre property in the heart of Cedar Grove, WI. Maintained with the care and talent of Jeremy Ebert and EZ Signs, LLC, our beautifully-manicured, therapeutic riding center is a hidden gem off Main Street. Forty minutes north of Milwaukee and 20 minutes south of Sheboygan, our facility is centrally and conveniently located to serve your needs. We offer both indoor and outdoor riding arenas for our participants, as well as grooming stables and rotating paddocks for our program horses. Our visitors and spectators can view the magic comfortably from our heated viewing area, and our barn cats Goose & Hollywood will keep you company while you relax. With riding trails and activity fields, there is no shortage of room for fun, learning, and growing at Heaven’s Gait Ranch!