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. Fundraiser. Loretta Leavitt bid on the prize and passed this amazing opportunity along to Donna Brownfield.

You can read more about Donna’s experience in The Thrill of Being a “Charra for a Day

Bertha once again offered side-saddle lessons at this year’s annual J.E.E.P. Fundraiser which took place on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Los Compadres Resort in La Peñita. Val Schrowe was thrilled to take home the prize!

To ensure this Mexican tradition continues into the future, Bertha invited a few students to attend private lessons at the Hilltop Refugio a few weeks ago. These are local girls who are interested in the J.E.E.P. horse-recovery project and want to learn more about riding. Donna also worked with Mikey, a local helper at the Refugio, to add a few pointers on training horses.

JEEP Side Saddle 6  JEEP Side Saddle 7 JEEP Side Saddle 4
JEEP Side Saddle 2  JEEP Side Saddle 5

On a semi-related topic… Calling all gardeners! Where you find horses, you will also find manure. The piles have aged anywhere from 10 months to this week, so load your sack! Suggested donation at least $40 pesos per sack. There are a few old feed sacks available or bring your own. First come-first served.

by Rob Erickson

About Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.): Jaltemba Equine Education Project 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 donations will help J.E.E.P. buy food, shelter, medication and the equipment necessary to care for the rescue horses, as well as complete the Hilltop Refugio. Remember, donations of tack and gear, both new and used are always needed and much appreciated.

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