Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) Team Goes on a Trail Ride

The small towns in the state of Nayarit organize public horse riding on designated trails to celebrate different types of events. Among the events are church festivities, political support, honoring a dead person, beginning or ending of Mardi Gras and parades. The riding can go from one town to another or within the same town, from the main entrance to the central plaza of the town. The riding time can last from 1-6 hours in the same day, depending of the distance between towns.

Last month Hermosa and Billy Biscuit, two of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) horses, had the opportunity to participate in a trail ride from La Peñita to La Puerta de la Lima. Their riders were the young trainers Julie (12 years old) and Christian (11 years old), who were accompanied by George and his horse Pinto and Bertha and her horse Renato. The ride started at 12pm (Mexican time), that means it was 1:30pm when all the horses started the journey. The group was escorted by the transito/police from the starting point and along Highway 200 heading north until the horses could get off the highway and onto the dirt trail along the side. This was a behavioral and health test for the horses. Hermosa and Billy Biscuit were calm and seemed to get along with the other equines and they proved to be in good health and physical condition after riding 20 miles from La Peñita to La Puerta de la Lima.

The J.E.E.P. team is planning their first annual trail ride. We will wait to announce the date when all of our sponsors and friends return to town in the fall. This will be an opportunity of a lifetime.

(top photo) “Peace and Love” says Christian
“Paz y Amor” saluda Christian durante la cabalgata


The J.E.E.P. Team waiting to start the trail ride.
El equipo de JEEP esperando para iniciar la cabalgata.


Bertha, Christian, Julie and George on the way to La Puerta de la Lima.


A ten minute rest before continuing the journey.

by Loretta Leavitt and Bertha Cueva

About Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.)
Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) was established in December 2012 by George & Loretta Leavitt to help large animals like horses, donkeys and mules who are ill, malnourished or being mistreated in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit, Mexico. To learn more or to make a one-time gift or recurring donation, visit Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.)

Your donation will help J.E.E.P. buy food, shelter, medication and the equipment necessary to care for our rescue horses. Remember, donations of tack and gear, both new and used are always needed and much appreciated.


Los Caballos de J.E.E.P. Participan en una Cabalgata

En el estado de Nayarit, los pueblos organizan cabalgatas por senderos establecidos, para celebrar diferentes tipos de eventos tales como son las fiestas eclesiásticas, apoyo político, honrar a una persona que ha muerto, desfiles para anunciar el inicio o fin de Carnaval o aniversarios de fechas históricas del país. Las cabalgatas se llevan a cabo de un pueblo a otro o de las avenidas principales hacia la plaza central del pueblo. La duración puede ser de 1 a 6 horas en el mismo día, dependiendo de la distancia que haya que recorrer.

El mes pasado, dos caballos que pertenecen al grupo del Proyecto de Educación Jaltemba Equinos (JEEP) , hermosa y billy biscuit , tuvieron la oportunidad de participar en una cabalgata de La Peñita de Jaltemba hacia La Puerta de la Lima. Sus jinetes eran los jóvenes entrenadores Julie (12 años) y Christian (11 años), quienes estuvieron acompañados por George y su caballo pinto y Bertha y su caballo renato. El viaje comenzó a las 12 de medio dia, horario mexicano que significa que la salida a cabalgar fue hasta la 1:30 de la tarde. Las patrullas de transito dirigieron el grupo del punto de partida y sobre la carretera 200 hacia el norte, hasta el momento en que los caballos entraron a la terracería a lo largo de la carretera

Esta cabalgata fue una prueba de comportamiento y resistencia para los caballos de J.E.E.P.. Hermosa y billy biscuit estuvieron tranquilos y parecían llevarse bien con los demás equinos y demostraron estar en buen estado de salud y condición física después de haber cabalgado 20 millas de La Peñita a la Puerta de la Lima.

El equipo J.E.E.P. está planeando su primera cabalgata anual. Vamos a esperar a que todos nuestros patrocinadores y amigos regresen a la Peñita en sus vacaciones de otoño para anunciar la fecha del evento que sabemos será una experiencia inolvidable.

por Loretta Leavitt y Bertha Cueva

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    Wow, looks like you all had a great time. Can't wait to be part of the first annual trail ride this winter. Say hi to Bertha and her husband for us. Have to admit Mexico has been on our minds lately!!!!

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