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The importance of Travel... Even though there are horses to ride at home.

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While I was taking a mini break and finding adventure in the Far East I had the great opportunity to make some new friends.

It happened at 11:30 pm at the base of a sacred chinese mountain. The mountain is called Mount Tai and for thousands of years emperors have been ascending the mountain in the middle of the night to arrive at the top of the mountain in time to see the sun rise. It is told that it is the most beautiful place in all the world to see the sunrise.

I met Amy, Helena, and Albert (who didn’t have an English name when I met him…so I gave him one :)) at the bottom of the mountain. The trio were university students from Dallion in China. They spoke English and after helping me find my way to the ticket booth, we started talking and they invited me to ascend the mountain along with them. What a great adventure it was. Imagine a deep dark night, a narrow steep 3 hour climb into that darkness. Occasional pockets of light filled with a vendor and many people resting... some looking near death. Then the air changes- it gets cooler and the wind starts to pick up. You are nearing the top of the mountain. After the final steep 400m of nearly vertical, uneven stone steps, you arrive to the top. We made stellar time and had a few hours to kill before sunrise. We were all so tired and so cold. We rented heavy communist-looking coats and hunkered down at the top of the mountain and one by one we fell asleep. Gently we were all awakened by the murmuring of voices from the surrounding people getting restless as the sky began to lighten. We peeled ourselves from the stone ground and stiffly found our way to the edge of the top of the mountain and we all watched the sun rise through the clouds and over the mountains to shine brilliantly over all the world.

On part of our trip up the Mountain Amy asked my why I travel to other countries in the world. At the time I explained that I felt travel opens your mind to what is possible in this world. Travelling lets you see the world in new perspectives, you learn much about who you are through these experiences, and its just plain cool to be able to see new things. She explained that her parents and friends back in her home felt that travelling was a waste of time. Now, a few days after climbing the mountain, I missed the real reason why I travel. It is the people you meet. I travel and explore new places because you get to climb mountains in the dark, you get to be cold, exhausted, sleepless, BUT: you get to share that amazing living experience with brand new awesome friends! Friends who you have to go out in the world to find! 

 At the top of Mount Tai in China! We made it!    

At the top of Mount Tai in China! We made it! 

 

To Kellinghusen and Beyond!!

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This past weekend was an important milestone for Jaxson and Berry. We attended our first competition as a vendor!

Coming into this first experience I wasn’t sure how the weekend would go. I had the booth all ready to go and planned out. Team Jaxson and Berry was ready for action, and the weather was perfect!

What a weekend it turned out to be! They were longs days to be sure but totally worth it. Marie, Sunje, Dennis, Kathi, Lara, Kiki, Ludwig, Lina, and Klaus all came to help out and be a part of the exciting experience. Lina and Klaus were super prepared- they brought the champagne to celebrate the successful weekend!

The people of the Kellinghusen Reit und Fahrschule were very welcoming and encouraging. We sponsored 3 classes! Pictures are posted on instagram and Facebook. We met so many terrific people! I am certain we will be seeing them again soon! 

We were able to share Jaxson and Berry with the world and there was such a positive and warm reception I couldn’t have hoped for better! We sold everything from our glitter ball earrings, assortment of fancy charms, and the newest addition- bracelets. You’ll see on our website we are officially sold out of some items but don’t worry we will be restocking as fast as we can!! We will keep you posted on our new additions.

On the riding front- Kathi headed to Lentfohrden with Casper to their L level class where they totally rocked it and came home with a 2nd place!! Congratulations Kathi and Casper! You make Team JB proud!! (must be the fancy pants glitter ball charms J)

And the season begins!

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Spring is in the air and competition season is heating up!

Team JB had a great weekend out at the competitions this weekend. Two of our Brand Ambassadors were out bringing their “A” Game!

Kathi and Casper has a super weekend Show Jumping. They competed at L Level on Saturday and had a confident and clear round that put them in 8th place in a large field of competitors. On Sunday they competed in their first M Level Class! I know they have been training hard all winter for the next level and although they had two faults, it was a great round and they are clearly ready for more M Level classes! I look forward to seeing them develop over the season!

Lara and Nessi- the dressage contingent- competed at L Level Dressage. I think this will be the last one as they are planning on moving up to M level. Lara and Nessi nailed the test with a 7.1 and excellent comments from the Judges. Lara tried a different warm up before her test and it paid off. Look out M Level- here comes Lara and Nessi!! 

Hatchling

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Hello! Welcome to the freshly hatched Jaxson and Berry Blog! 

Things are coming together for the official brand launch: Meeting with Brand Ambassadors, sourcing new product, and of course building the website. 

Check back soon for updates!!

Team JB