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Horse Rescue and Refuge
George and Loretta Leavitt
Cristσbal Colσn #408
Webpage Visitors: 7580
The Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) was established in December 2012 by George & Loretta Leavitt and Donna Brownfield to help large animals like horses, donkeys and mules who are ill, malnourished or being mistreated in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit, Mexico. George’s love of horses and his love of Mexico have been combined for over 35 years, and forming a large animal group has always been his dream.
The project began when Donna was horseback riding in the hills above the small fishing village of La Peñita. She came across an Appaloosa, now known as "Chance," who led her to another six horses who were literally starving to death. Eight others in their herd had already died, including Chance’s mother, whose body was still sheltering his younger sibling. George and other volunteers immediately started raising necessary funds and working with the owners to surrender these unwanted animals.
All seven horses were successfully rescued and given emergency medical care and a special diet. Unfortunately Chance, the strong and gentle leader did not survive. Five days after the rescue, he passed quietly with George and Loretta by his side. He was buried on a donated piece of property in La Peñita. This 3-acre site is currently being developed into the Hilltop Refugio, a permanent place for rescued equines.
Once the refuge is completed, we can begin to break in these horses and use them as part of our educational program for adults and children in the community. The general public will then be able to visit the site and help care for these animals.
Saturday Open House & Trail Rides
7am-Noon – November to March
April to October (call or email in advance)
Everyone is invited to come up the hill to meet our rescue horses, cats and dogs,
our Junior Trainers and the J.E.E.P. volunteers. You can even ride a horse around the Hilltop Refugio, brush them and/or help muck out the stalls.
The rescue dogs need to be walked, as well.
Saturday Trail Rides
$250 pesos per hour (2 hour minimum)
8 people maximum. RSVP in advance.
We hope to see you there!
The Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) will operate in partnership with Hilltop Refugio. Our goals are to:
About J.E.E.P. Founders
George and Loretta Leavitt have lived in La Peñita de Jaltemba for 35 years. George has been a member of the Federación Mexicana de Charrería, A.C. for over 30 years and has built strong relationships with farmers and ranchers via community horse rides, and charro and rodeo events.
Donna Brownfield has been involved with horses for over 50 years. She has been a student of natural horsemanship for 20 years and is currently involved in teaching equine communication techniques to students. Donna and her husband, Jerry, spend winter months in La Peñita and the rest of the year in Eagle Point, Oregon.
George and Loretta Leavitt
Cristóbal Colón #408 (Los Compadres Resort)
La Peñita, Nayarit, Mexico
Cash donations can be made in person (see map link above), bank deposit or via PayPal.
Make a One-Time Gift:
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.
Sponsor a Rescue Horse:
When you sponsor a horse, your monthly donation goes towards the cost of feed, trimming hooves, shoeing and ongoing medical care for one of our rescue horses for the period you indicate.
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Updated March 2015
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