The ranch is a busy place with many hands making the work light.  Our roles as mothers, fathers, grandparents, neighbors and friends add to our perspectives as we co-labor together.  We are glad to introduce you to the Ranch Hands at Acres for Joy.


Jeff Jackson
Margaret Jackson

Our Co-founders are here to help direct the ranch. 

Our Herd

We have a cast of character that whinny and neigh, that gallop and play, and that truly enrich the day.  

Each has a history, a contribution, and is uniquely valued.  



No list could be complete without including Joas, Ed, Rich, Randy, Denny, Kevin, Marv, Troy, Arvid, Bill, Brad, Keith, Pat, Arron, Jackie, Jenn, and Josh & Sarah.  The helpers are many, the friendships are rich, and the joy of laboring together is shared.

Our Board of Directors

Our Board is GREAT and is doing GREAT things!  Rolling up their sleeves month after month they are navigating the development of Acres for Joy.

  • Dr. Aron Adkins, Chairman
  • Dr. Mark Gideonson, Co-chairman
  • Heidi Boxx, Secretary
  • Paula Barka, Treasurer
  • Jenn Junker, Program Development
  • Emma Ottis
  • Brenda Schlafer
  • Jeff & Margaret Jackson


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We can always use volunteers, financial donations, and in-kind item donations.

Beth Crandall

Alisha Joy Berg

Our Equine Specialists are great.  They love horses, they love kids, and they love to get dusty playing outside.


Not forgetting Moe, Chloe, and Mia who are really not part of “the herd” but definitely characters of the ranch.

Our History

Well there you have it – a whole field working together to provide a safe and respectful equine environment that enriches relationships, encourages learning, and fosters joy.

**Spring Round Up – May 20th, 1 – 4**
This is a GREAT opportunity get to know us.
Come see the new arena, meet the herd, and sense the pulse of these acres.  


Second and Fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
First and Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 p.m.
Please call (715) 225-2849 to confirm your tour.
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Cali, Katarina, Sophia

Billy (the goat)

Rick & Sandy Spencer

Marvin and Well’s

Alisha Joy Berg

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Upcoming Events

  Ron & Vickie Anderson


Clyde & Dale



How to Help
About Us

Our Team

Our Equine Specialists are great.  They love horses, they love kids, and they love to get dusty playing outside.