Entries by Jaltemba Equine Education Project (JEEP)

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – July 2015 News

What a Difference a Year Makes! The author of our newsletter joined J.E.E.P. one year ago. Valerie notes how “simply amazing it has been to watch the transition this project has undergone during this time. Much credit has to go to George and Loretta Leavitt for their donations and persistence. Generous ongoing donations can be credited as well. Thanks all around to everyone […]

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – April-May 2015 News

J.E.E.P. is very proud of our Team. Volunteers just keep stepping up for the project. We appreciate each and every volunteer and would like to give a special thanks to some extra special people: Ron & Simone Nicholls have been caring for four of our rescues (Rusty, Joey, Jenny and Benji) at their home because they needed special […]

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – March 2015 News

What’s next, Doggie Day Care? Just kidding, but our dog and cat rescue operation has greatly expanded, so we are looking for visiting vets to volunteer their time to help spay and neuter our rescues (learn more below). Hilltop Refugio Updates Refugio Horse Rescue and Education One of our founding members, Donna Brownfield, was here this month. She worked with […]

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – February 2015 News

We never know who’s going to come visit the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita these days. Recently, a boy brought a rooster to us after hearing that we accepted rescues. Even though Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) is not a “refuge for roosters,” we were able to find the rooster a new home and he is doing well! […]

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – November 2014 News

The 3rd Annual Pony Up! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. Mark your calendars and please consider a donation to the silent auction. We will be hosting a BBQ and it will be fun for all! More details to come. Special thanks for two very generous donations: […]


In Search of Something: My Month in La Peñita, Mexico (Part 2)

I have been struggling to write something that I feel could accurately put into words those amazing last twenty-two days in La Peñita, Nayarit, Mexico. I ended Part 1 with an excitement of new friendships, animals and humans alike, how could I wrap up the last portion of my trip with words? I kept my promise […]

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – October 2014 News

Start donating now for the Spring Silent Auction at the annual J.E.E.P. Fundraiser (date to be announced). Be creative! Donations can be dropped off at Los Compadres Restaurant & Bar in La Peñita. Construction The water is hooked up and being delivered now. We can now wash the horses regularly. They are quite happy about their baths and […]


In Search of Something: My Month in La Peñita, Mexico (Part 1)

I arrived in La Peñita the night of September 29th, having never been to Mexico before (other than when I was a toddler) and not speaking a sentence of Spanish. Many would call this a quarter life crisis. I had recently acquired some free time, last minute unforeseen circumstances forced me to enroll in online classes for […]

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) News – September 2014

Exciting things are happening with J.E.E.P. up at the Hilltop Refugio! Last month’s article provided updates on the building project at the Hilltop Refugio complete with pictures. Click here to read more J.E.E.P. news. Construction Now completed are 10 state-of-the-art stalls, a tack room (below), feed room and bathroom. Most of the area which will include an arena […]

J.E.E.P Stables and Hilltop Refugio are Being Transformed

Hi Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) friends. Many of you have been wondering about what has been happening at the Hilltop Refugio and asking what you can bring down for J.E.E.P. this season. We could use lead ropes, horse brushes and cinches (medium to large), as well as school supplies for the special needs children […]

Three Regional Special Needs Schools Travel to La Peñita as part of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P)

Over 100 children, parents, teachers and school directors from three special needs schools visited the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita this past Thursday. George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), and his team of volunteers are working hard to turn the Hilltop Refugio into a safe, fun and educational place for children, especially […]


Storage Wars is Coming to La Peñita

The owners of El Monteón Storage are getting creative. They are donating four of their abandoned lockers and a fishing boat to a local cause. The contents of each 5’w x 10’d x 12’h locker will be auctioned off to the highest bidder sometime in February and all proceeds will be donated to Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). More […]


Announcing the 1st Annual Trail Ride and 2nd Annual Pony Up! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) founders, George and Loretta Leavitt, their dedicated volunteers and junior trainers work year-round to care for their rescue horses. J.E.E.P. is holding two fun events to raise funds to build a shade structure at the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita and to pay for the ongoing cost of feed, medication […]

A BIG Thank You to J.E.E.P. Donors from BC and Alberta

This summer, Jack & Millie Andersen from Vernon, B.C. spent a lot of time organizing and transporting donations for the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). Jack commented, “All the people I contacted at riding stables, tack shops and individual horse owners here in the Vernon and Alberta area, even when they did not have things to […]

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, […]

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P) Unites Special Horses with Special Needs Children

When George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), says “mis caballos especiales están aquí para sus niños muy especiales, de mi corazon,” he really means it. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, his short but meaningful introduction translates to “my special horses are here for your very special children, from my […]

J.E.E.P. Rescue Horses and Junior Instructors are in Training Together

The Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita has been bustling with activity the past few months. In addition to the usual morning routine of cleaning stalls, feeding, watering and grooming, the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses and junior instructors have been doing a lot of riding and training. A few dedicated neighborhood kids have […]

Jaltemba Equine Education Project is Helping Local Cowboys and Word is Traveling Quickly

A few weeks ago, an elderly cowboy rode his horse up to Los Compadres Resort in La Peñita. He explained that he was out of work because of the drought and didn’t have enough money to feed his horse. George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), is hearing this a lot lately. Fortunately, […]

J.E.E.P. Horses Move into their New Stables in La Peñita

Monday, March 18 was a special day for the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) team. During the past few weeks, George and Loretta Leavitt and their dedicated volunteers have been busy constructing stables at the new Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. This donated 3-acre property is being developed into a permanent place for rescued equines, […]


J.E.E.P. Announces the Pony Up! Fundraiser

‘Pony Up!’ is the kickstart fundraising event for the newly-established Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit, on the central Pacific Coast of Mexico. In the late fall of 2012, a herd of seven horses was discovered starving and near death in the valley behind La Peñita. On January 12, 2013, […]