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Lighting Your New Christmas Tradition

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Christmas Tradition

What are your favorite family holiday traditions? Are you looking for a new tradition or an addition to your list? How about looking at Christmas lights by way of horse-drawn carriage? JR’s Carriage Service offers Horse-Drawn Christmas Light Tours in Downtown Grand Junction. The hour-long tours take place every Friday and Saturday evenings through the end of the year. The tours can be used as a romantic date night, a family outing, or even a way for your office staff to celebrate the season. Each wagon can accommodate up to 14 adults comfortably. We provide the blankets and the Christmas music. You and your guests are welcome to bring warm beverages and sweet treats. The cost is $200 for the entire wagon. To reserve your wagon please visit our website and submit a Reservation Request with your preferred date. The JR’s Team is looking forward to becoming your new favorite holiday tradition!

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Spirit of Christmas Celebration


Celebrate The Season

Are you like us and having a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit? The warm weather and the lack of snow isn’t helping matters. The big day is getting closer and we still have a lot of holiday shopping to do. Well, we think we found the perfect solution! Cozy up in your favorite Christmas outfit and join us in Downtown Grand Junction on Friday, December 8th from 5pm to 8pm. JR’s Carriage Service will be offering free carriage rides. The pick-up location will be in front of Café Sol between 4th and 5th Street (on Main Street). In addition to carriage rides there will be live music, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, warm beverages, sweet treats, and great shopping. The 22nd Annual Spirit of Christmas Walk is being coordinated in conjunction with the popular Chocolate Walk. This event is free to public and a great opportunity to enjoy our friendly beautiful downtown district.

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FREE Downtown Holiday Carriage Rides

Free Carriage Rides

Historic Downtown GJ Over Holidays

Join JR’s Carriage Service for FREE horse-drawn carriage rides in our beautiful historic Downtown Grand Junction. Carriage rides are being offered in an effort to promote and encourage downtown small business holiday shopping.

The carriage rides will take place every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 2pm. The pick-up location is located between 4th Street & 5th Street, on Main Street, in front of Cafe Sol. A carriage ride isn’t complete unless you get to meet and love on our gentle giants (a perfect photo opportunity).

While on the carriage you will tour the downtown area for around 10 minutes. Along the way you will learn about the historical landmarks, the various shops and dinning opportunities, the draft horse breed, and the art of driving teams of horses. Santa is never too far away – so make sure your kiddos bring their Christmas Wish List!

After your carriage ride experience, we recommend enjoying lunch at one of many delicious dinning options. The free carriage rides would not be possible without our partnership with the Small Businesses in Downtown Grand Junction. Please take a moment to follow “Downtown Grand Junction” on social media so that you are notified of future events (such as the free carriage rides).

The JR’s Team is looking forward to seeing you over the holidays in Downtown GJ! All photos provided by the beautifully talented Jami Davis Films. Merry Christmas from all of us at JR’s Carriage Service!

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Paint A Pony!

The JR’s Team got to help a very special friend of ours celebrate her birthday this past weekend. “Paint A Pony” is a unique experience for birthday parties, fundraisers and/or even a good therapy session. The horses love the extra pampering and attention that they get. The washable paint easily washes off of the kiddos, clothes and most importantly the horses. JR spent some time, prior to the art session, teaching the participants about draft horses and the Percheron breed. Contact JR’s Carriage Service for additional information on the Paint A Pony experience.

JR teaching the kids fun facts about horses and the draft horse breed, Percherons.

JR teaching the kids fun facts about horses and the draft horse breed, Percherons.

Kids use their creativity and artistic abilities to paint Jack with washable paint. From hand prints to to smiley faces.

Kids use their creativity to paint Jack with washable paint. From hand prints to to smiley faces.

All the creative pampering put Jack to sleep.

All the creative pampering put Jack to sleep on the job. Jack and Daniel enjoyed the shade, the laughter from the kids and the break for JR’s Horse-Drawn Wine Tours.

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Welcome To The Team!

We are excited to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Taylor van Zyl! Taylor was raised in Aspen, Colorado and brings with her years of equine experience. She recently graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Equine Science and a minor in Agricultural Business. Taylor joined the JR’s Team, as our Lead Teamster, in early August. Her driving experience, spirited personality and connection/relationship with our horses made her a perfect fit for our long-term vision plan.

Taylor unhitching the team after a long day in the peach orchards.

In addition to driving teams for JR’s Carriage Service, Taylor will be running her own business, VZ Performance Horses. She is quickly establishing herself in Fruita, Colorado by starting colts, training both English and Western horses and giving riding lessons to all age groups. Taylor will also continue competing in the rodeo circuit as a barrel racer and team roper. We are excited for all of you to meet Taylor!

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