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Why Do Dogs Follow You Into The Bathroom?

Having a loyal pup... in the household certainly ensures an incredible amount of love from dog to owner, in a true “man’s best friend” fashion. Understanding your dog is fairly easy and it’s not hard to understand your pup wants to give you some delightful bits of love with kisses, but dogs can often behave in a more subtle manner…

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…

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,…

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! Hilltop…

Baby Driver (2017) [Full Movie Online]

Baby Driver (2017) HDDirector:Edgar Wright.Writer:Edgar Wright.Producer:Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nira Park.Release:June 28, 2017Country:United Kingdom, United States of America.Production Company:Big Talk Productions, TriStar Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Working Title Films, Double Negative.Language:English.Runtime:113Genre:Action,…
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[Watch] Baby Driver (2017) Full Movie Online

Baby Driver (2017) HDDirector:Edgar Wright.Writer:Edgar Wright.Producer:Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nira Park.Release:June 28, 2017Country:United Kingdom, United States of America.Production Company:Big Talk Productions, TriStar Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Working Title Films, Double Negative.Language:English.Runtime:113Genre:Action,…

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: Don…
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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 to Freckles (I later…

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…
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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 this semester…
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Rob's Ramblings: Packing Donations for the Trip South

We met some people at a local thrift store today who were looking at clothing and other items to donate during their first trip south, planned later this fall. Here are some ideas and comments from fellow Snowbirds who winter in Jaltemba Bay and other Mexican locations, who also donate time and resources while in Mexico. First, lets…

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…

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 who come…

J.E.E.P. Rescue Horses Hoping to Get Shelter from Sun and Rain

Earlier this week, I drove up to the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita to see what was happening. While I was there, I decided to help muck-out the stalls and share some love with the horses. Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) founders, George and Loretta Leavitt, continue to provide the rescue horses with necessary medical…

Side-Saddle Lessons at Hilltop Refugio and Calling All Gardeners!

Many of us enjoyed the Escaramuza, or Lady's Charra, event last year at the bullring, as well as recall their colourful costumes in the local parades. Many of you may also remember that local Charra, Bertha Cueva, offered side-saddle lessons as a silent auction item at last year's Jaltemba Equine Education Project's Pony UP! for J.E.E.P.…

Cement Pad at J.E.E.P.'s Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita is Complete

Some of you might recall an article I wrote before Christmas about a proposed cement pad at the Jaltemba Equine Education Project's (J.E.E.P.) Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. Funds from various donations and other sources allowed a crew to spend four days completing the horse-wash station and approximately 90 square meters of pad in front…

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…
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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…

Rob's Ramblings: A Christmas Gift that Keeps on Giving

Are you having trouble deciding on a Christmas gift for someone? Maybe it’s a spouse that really doesn’t need anything or a child that really loves animals? Here’s a gift idea that will keep on giving for years to come. Many people in the Jaltemba Bay area have heard of the new Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) and…
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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…

J.E.E.P. Rescued Horses Get Branded

The Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses in La Peñita had a special visitor on Friday afternoon. Dr. David El Fego Flores Alcalde, a veterinarian from Zacatecas, came to brand the horses using a “new to the area” method. Instead of marking the animals with a red-hot branding iron like we are used to seeing in…
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Rob's Ramblings: Make Sure Your Vacation Counts

Many of us have taken our first trip to a new country under the great deal of an all-inclusive resort. Plenty of sun, a sandy beach, and lots to eat and drink for a week. For those that don't leave the gates of the resort, you really don't get a chance to see the new country or area, or knowledge of the people and culture of this new…
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George and Loretta Leavitt, J.E.E.P. Founders, are recognized in the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico"

The MEXICO Report just announced the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico." This year's book showcases 30 profiles of those making a difference in Mexico. We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, are thrilled to announce that George and Loretta Leavitt, founders of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peñita, are among those being recognized. The…

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…

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,…

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…

The Thrill of Being a "Charra for a Day"

Horses have been a passion of Donna Brownfield's since childhood, so it was only natural that she would want to explore the horse culture here in Mexico. On her first trip to the Jaltemba Bay area in 2008, she informed her housemates that she was "going to look for a horse to ride." The valley behind her house in La Peñita was a logical…

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, word is traveling quickly…

Documentary Film Crew Visits Jaltemba Equine Education Project

A documentary film crew from Victoria, BC spent yesterday morning with the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses and volunteers. After a short interview with Rob Erickson, the team moved on to a joint interview with George Leavitt and Donna Brownfield to get the history of the project. Joining us for the morning…

Rob's Ramblings: The First Ride for J.E.E.P. Rescue Horses

Saturday was a big day for the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses. Kathy bought a new saddle on Friday, so Billy Biscuit, Shadow and Hermosa were saddled and rode by George, Kathy and her nephew Keenan, Donna, Rob and Heather. Christian brought Flash along so Tracy, a visiting teacher from Tepic, and her son Sean…

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…

J.E.E.P. Stables are Taking Shape

Earlier today, the last of the panels were transported up the hill to the new Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. When completed, these stables will be home for the J.E.E.P. rescue horses. And as you can see we had lots of help. It was indeed an exciting day for everyone involved. It was hot and dirty, but no one complained; just a lot of…

Rob's Ramblings: One of Our Newer Charities (J.E.E.P.)

On one of my first trips to Mexico in the early 1980s, I was quite shocked to see the condition of some of the street animals. This prompted me to get involved with our local spay and neuter clinics for dogs and cats, through Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). I guess it was only a matter of time for this concern to move into another…

Rob's Ramblings: Sharing Spaces with Horses

The past few weeks were a real change for us. We provided post-op care for two rescue horses, namely Canelo and Shadow. As Canelo was one of the first horses to under-go palette surgery, his care was fairly easy. He enjoyed kitchen scraps such as pineapple husks, carrot peels, cucumber and lettuce. Shadow was in the second group to undergo…

How The Filly Got Her Name

During the Pony UP! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser two weeks ago, event-goers got a chance to bid in the "Name the Filly" Live Auction. The lucky winner would give this little rescue horse her name, and a new beginning. My dear husband, David, bid on the filly and "won" the naming rights. And bless his heart, he passed this honor on to me. The…

Word of Mouth

The old black jeep shutters and rattles down the pothole filled road. Even the potholes have potholes. As the jeep merrily bounces, I too am bouncing. Trying to stay in the seat but mostly airborne as I clench the roll bar with my right hand. I would use my left hand to grab onto anything, ANYTHING..., but there is nothing to be had. I…

J.E.E.P. Update... The Continuing Story

More help came Friday, January 25 in the form of volunteers to assist Dr. Hilde, the veterinarian from Las Varas. He was coming to treat another symptom of the horse’s plight of starvation. The choice of food was limited, eating weeds with tough stalks and/or stickers caused a sore to form on the roof of their mouth. This sore keeps…
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We Ponied Up! First Fundraiser Gives J.E.E.P. a Strong Start

The first official fundraising event for the newly-established Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) on Wednesday, Jan. 23 was a galloping success! Coming together in less than two weeks, we weren't sure what to expect, but simply knew we had to do our best to give our rescued herd of horses a fast and fighting chance. A handful…
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'Name the Filly' Live Auction Fundraiser Finale for J.E.E.P.

She’s the littlest one in the herd, and she needs a name. For the 'top dollar' finale of our first fundraising event, we would like to invite individuals or groups to bid, in person or by proxy, in our ‘Name the Filly’ Live Auction, for the special honour of giving our seventh horse her name, and a new beginning... No Mother, No…

In Memory of "Chance"

"Chance" was rescued a week ago by George Leavitt and his new large animal rescue group called Hilltop Refugio / Jaltemba Equine Education Program (J.E.E.P.). Chance was a 4-year-old Appaloosa who was literally starving when Donna Brownfield discovered him and the six others in their herd a few weeks back. The seven horses had no food…
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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,…

Hilltop Refugio to the Rescue

Due to generous donations from many people, George Leavitt was able to purchase the 7 starving horses reported on in our previous article. This is the first step towards establishing the Hilltop Refugio / Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). This past Saturday, January 5, the animals were picked up and transported to a property…

Large Animal Rescue Group Forming for Jaltemba Bay Area

Helping large animals that are in obvious distress has been a dream of George Leavitt's for quite some time. You may know George and his wife Loretta from Los Compadres Resort, Restaurant & Bar in La Peñita or seen their horses whose stalls are located at the far end of their parking lot. George's love of horses and his love of Mexico…