Jeff and Margaret Jackson

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.  

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.

Our Team

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

Clyde & Dale


How to Help



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

Alisha Joy Berg


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.

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

Coco & Daunte