About the ranch and current owners:
Jack's parents had purchased 3 homesteads in the 1940 ies just North of Pringle, SD and occasionally used them to graze livestock, grow strawberries and produce hay for the winter. Jack came back home to live here in the 1970 ies, after the railroad quit running through his parents Lime Kiln operation a couple miles South of Pringle. Today the old railroad tracks have been converted into the Mickelson Trail, 110 miles recreational "rails-to-trails" from Deadwood to Edgemont, crossing through the ranch along Hwy 385.
Jack: After majoring in animal science and production from Colorado State University, and so many years of teaching, hard work and raising 8 children plus 4 step children, Jack is ready to pass on his incredible, very intuitive, physical as well as spiritual knowledge of all things nature so abundantly has to offer.
Isa's Story: In 1995, when Jack took me for the first time to a meadow he had named "Touch The Stars", I was instantly overwhelmed with vivid memories of my early childhood dreams. This was without a doubt the breathtaking scenery I had "seen" so many times, a natural meadow, completely surrounded by national Forest, just starting to green up after a long winter. Born and raised in Germany and now in my late 30 ies I finally had mustered up the courage to follow my dreams.
When Jack and I met in 1995 - a long story of co-incidences and synchronicity. Jack, then in his late 50 ies, had traveled to New York to pick me up, a stranger and her beloved horse, to bring them home to SD. Even though we had never met before in person, he was certain I would stay. During the 3 day journey we talked about our dreams - he wanted to create educational camps for Native American children and teens, I wanted to continue my art, as well as my psychic and healing work as a holistic practitioner, and both of us wanted horses and leave as much of the natural setting as untouched as possible. Little did I know how natural, rural and almost forgotten in time the place and also the local people still were - after all, I was a city kid from Munich and inspite my enthusiasm to have finally found my calling, cultural shock is a rather mild word for what I encountered. Isa
After 15 + years of breeding Spanish Mustangs and other horses, running trail rides for tourists in the summer seasons, hosting groups from Europe, operating a horse campground and horse boarding stable, teaching natural horsemanship classes, Plenty Star Ranch had developed into a most beautiful and peaceful setting, but in 2006 we were forced to take a deep breath when my health issues stopped us flat in our busy tracks, long enough to remind us of our initial dreams. The time had come to build on them, without forcing, pushing or "trying hard' - we simply allow our Spiritual Intuition to flow.....
Plenty Star Ranch is still our home (2017), including our 3 horses, 6 cats, dog Rusty and permanent camper Irwing and his horse Dolly.