Archive for the ‘CEA Updates to Clubs’ Category

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association’s October 2011 update

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association’s October 2011 update:
General meeting was held on October 6th 2011
Agenda Highlights:

California State AB 42 was signed into law on October 4ht 2011. This new law sponsored by California State Parks Foundation and Assembly member Jared Huffman (D-Marin) is to allow nonprofit organizations to help take a direct role in helping prevent park closures. The bill allows Department of Parks and Recreations to enter into operating agreements for the improvement, restoration, care, maintenance, administration, or operation of a unit or units of the State park system with qualified nonprofit organizations. The bill provides another tool to maintain the legacy of our State park system and keep our parks open for all Californians. The passage of AB 42 will now allow for creative solutions to the financial challenges currently facing state parks.

GreenValley Falls Equestrian area: State Park Supervisor Nedra Martinez reported as of October 2nd 2011 Green Valley Falls, all parts of it - camping and day use area, have been closed by State Park. Also included in this closing is Granite Springs Campground. These locations will stay closed until (tentative) July 1st 2012. There is one exception and that is park employee John Sproule will stay on until the end of November 2011 when Los Vaqueros horse camping facility will close. All seasonal employees are being laid off as of Sunday, October 2 2011. Included in her report is that Palomar Family Campground and the Group Camp will close on the July 2 2011. It will stay closed as Palomar is slated for full closure as of July 1, 2012. Anyone who had reservations, for either of these facilities, will be given a refund. Note that each cancelled reservation costs the state $15.50.

CEA response to these closures: A letter written request was sent out by our president, Ernie Smith to other equestrian organization to write to various governmental agencies regarding the closing and financial issues currently occurring with the State parks, specifically Cuyamaca. CEA’s board also is in contact with Cuyamaca representatives to try and address these issues. A copy of the letter is posted below -

Dear Fellow Equestrians,

I have held off from forwarding this email as things have been in flux
to say the least. As most of you already know Green Valley Falls is
closing October 2nd 2001, earlier than planned. This is a huge
disappointment for all equestrians. For a state park that is not
closing, Cuyamaca is being closed for equestrian camping half of the
year, this again is discouraging. November is a soft month for this campground, last year it brought in 420 campers,76 horse campers, 199 paid day use visitors between Nov 1st and November 30th at Green Valley Falls Campground. Do the math, it is more than enough to cover the $4k for the three seasonal employees for one month, estimated
profit for this soft month could be anywhere from $15K to 25K. Cuyamaca
Rancho State Park is now wanting to close this campground until July,
losing two highly profitable months out of the early summer season, how
much money is state parks going to lose? Are the rest of our “open” parks being run this way? I was born and raised in California, camped in inexpensive nearby state parks as a child. This was what my single income, stay at home mom family could afford. This affordable family recreation activity has been taken away from the citizens of
California. Standby for further details and plan of action as this is
not acceptable to the citizens of California.

CEA is currently investigating the State parks budget for this area and questioning how these issues can be better financially resolved.
1). With the lack of loss of low cost seasonal employees, CRSP is now manning the kiosks with park rangers. The cost of a seasonal employee is less than $1500 per month. Because the state halted funding of seasonal employees, Green Valley campground is now closed, this campground generated approximately $30K during the month of November last year.
2). Request State park budget from Sacramento via the FOI act. Use this information and camping attendance numbers to support the opening of Green valley sooner then July 2012.
3). Current financial information generated:
Total $37M dollars being cut from the park budget
$22M in two stages, $11 million x 2
$5M OHV Cut
$5M OHV Grants
$5M lost revenue from closed parks
2006-2007 State parks were funded at $175 million
2012-2013 they will be funded at $99 million
4). Organize communication with CRSPIA on alternative ideas for park staffing
5). Media awareness of these issues

Update Los Caballos:
Later this month (October 2011) California State Parks, using “grant” funding, will be restoring Los Caballos to it’s native state. The long closed Los Caballos trail has been rerouted and reopened during this process. Although I welcome the reopening of this important connector trail, I will miss my old friend as I know many of my fellow equestrians will. The “clean up” at Los cab is on schedule. should be starting this month (October). Corral parts are going to be salvaged.

Trail Dedication: CEA reported on the death of one of San Diego’s local legends, Jerry Schad, writer of San Diego A Foot an A field. Currently Cuyamaca state park and CRSPIA are discussing a proposal to rename Blue Ribbon trail in his honor, other local agencies are also looking to rename other familiar hiking trails in his honor. A tribute to his contributions to all of those who have enjoyed and used his wealth of hiking trails in and around San Diego.

Mott Award : CEA’s president Ernie Smith and his wife Robin Smith, along with Cuyamaca park staff, were awarded the Mott Award for innovation in California State Parks,. The ceremony was held up in Riverside, and this award was in recognition to CEA and all equestrian groups, organizations how for the past 7 year contributed to the effort to get equestrian camping back in Cuyamaca park. Without CEA’s continuous efforts of keeping the pressure on CSP, there would be no campground. The lawsuit, our pressure on Sacramento, pressure on SHIPO regarding Ah Ha Cuyamaca, all contributed to the “willingness” of CSP to do Green Valley Falls. CEA is thankful for all how contributed to this victory.

Green Valley Falls Equestrian Campground

Friday, September 10th, 2010

CEA has prepared a PowerPoint presentation and in pdf format describing the new equestrian campground located at Green Valley Falls. In this document we have included maps, pictures of each site and recommended rig size.

Update for March 2010

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA board has decided, since most member groups do not send representatives to CEA General Meetings and the distance of most members to attend meetings and the ease of communicating through email, that CEA General Meetings will be held biannually, the first Thursday of April and October. The next meeting will be April 1 and then October 7 at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit.
Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA is continuing to negotiate a settlement with respect to preserving (not reopening) Los Caballos. CEA remains committed to the family camping experience in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Draft Environmental Impact Report on Cuyamaca Equestrian Facilities is out. For supplemental information (layouts and maps) see figures scroll down to San Diego then to Cuyamaca.

The draft EIR is being circulated for public review and comment for a period of 45 days, beginning February 17, 2010. Questions regarding the project should be directed to:

Christine Beck, Environmental Coordinator
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Southern Service Center
8885 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 270
San Diego, CA 92108
enviro@parks.ca.gov
(619) 220-5300
(619) 220-5400 (fax)

Your views and comments on this project are welcomed and must be in writing. Comments may be submitted by mail, fax, in person, or e-mail. All comments should be submitted no later than April 2, 2010 to the address listed above with a contact name and mailing address for the public record.

Park News:
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org Disneyland is offering a free day pass for a day of volunteering in the park. www.disneyparks.com Click on “Give a Day”, then “Start Now”. Search for area code 91916 after January 20 – Cuyamaca trail work should show up. Follow directions. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help! This time of year is perfect for working on the trails.
• Trail conditions – Great trail riding conditions except for fallen trees after winds. Be prepared to backtrack if you can’t pass the obstacle. Remember to use fire roads after rains to give the trails a chance to firm up so as to prevent trail damage. Enjoy your park!

Announcements
• Note: CEA meeting dates changed to April 1 and October 7. Updates will come out monthly. Please contact Ernie Smith ernestoz@yahoo.com with any questions/input regarding CEA or your club’s activities. Copy to Peggy Martin peggy150@gmail.com so that information may be included in monthly updates.
• Join your local riding groups and state-wide ones such as Backcountry Horseman and California State Horsemen’s Association. Your dues are important for the good work of these organizations promoting equestrian access and activities.
• Vallecito Days – March 5-7, Contact Terry Jorgensen tlh9749@yahoo.com 760-789-5185
• Warner Springs FFA Benefit Trail Ride – April 10 & 11, Contact Sherri Freeman freemans@sdcoe.k12.ca.us 760-782-3517 x 50.
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, is open for horse camping and riding. 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: * Vern Whittaker Camp. http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Anza_Borrego_Desert_Sp/r/campsiteDetails.do?contractCode=CA&siteId=533&parkId=120006 800-444-7275 * Primitive camping in Blair Valley.
* Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley http://www.stagecoachtrails.com 760-765-3765 * Butterfield Resort. www.ButterfieldResort.com 760-765-1463
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides off Hwy 79. 760-787-2201

Opportunity to donate to CEA when you shop online

GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com support non-profit organizations such as CEA by counting the number of searches (powered by Yahoo) you make or purchases completed through the GoodShop.com portal. There are two ways you can participate.

• Install a toolbar using the following link. http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/cuyamaca-equestrian-association Both sites are contained in the GoodSearch toolbar. Make sure the Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is in the “I support:” text field after the toolbar is installed. One cool thing about the toolbar is that when you visit a sponsoring site to purchase something online, the donation icon in the toolbar will light up and/or the coupon icon as well. Great coupons! Just a reminder, if you are shopping online you need to go through GoodShop.com or one of the other buttons on the GoodSearch tool bar to obtain the donation.
• Bookmark GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com.as favorites and use them when making online purchases. Enter Cuyamaca Equestrian Association in “Who do you GoodSearch for?”, then enter your search. Next time you search CEA will already be listed. For shopping you are asked to enter the store name, so I just tried Amazon which gives 1.5% donation!

Questions? Email Ernie Smith at ernestoz@yahoo.com. Happy Holiday shopping!

How to Support CEA
• Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Come to our meetings
• Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
Any donation of $500 or more toward the costs of the lawsuit qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

Update for January 2010

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit.
The next meeting will be February 4, 2010.
Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA is continuing to negotiate a settlement with respect to Los Caballos and prepared to go to court. CEA remains committed to the family camping experience in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The Draft EIR on the equestrian projects is expected soon which is the next step in the CEQA process. CEA will send out information as it becomes available. Thanks to all equestrians who wrote in support of equestrian facilities in the park.

Park News:
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org Disneyland is offering a free day pass for a day of volunteering in the park. www.disneyparks.com Click on “Give a Day”, then “Start Now”. Search for area code 91916 after January 20 – Cuyamaca trail work should show up. Follow directions. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help! This time of year is perfect for working on the trails.
• Trail conditions – Great trail riding conditions except for fallen trees after winds. Be prepared to backtrack if you can’t pass the obstacle. Remember to use fire roads after rains to give the trails a chance to firm up so as to prevent trail damage. Enjoy your park!

Announcements
• Join your local riding groups and state-wide ones such as Backcountry Horseman and California State Horsemen’s Association. Your dues are important for the good work of these organizations promoting equestrian access and activities.
• Vallecito Days – March 5-7, Contact Terry Jorgensen tlh9749@yahoo.com 760-789-5185
• Warner Springs FFA Benefit Trail Ride – April 10 & 11, Contact Sherri Freeman freemans@sdcoe.k12.ca.us 760-782-3517 x 50.
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, is open for horse camping and riding. 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: * Vern Whittaker Camp. 800-444-7275 * Primitive camping in Blair Valley.
* Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley 760-765-3765 * Butterfield Resort. www.ButterfieldResort.com 760-765-1463
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides off Hwy 79. 760-787-2201

Opportunity to donate to CEA when you shop online

GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com support non-profit organizations such as CEA by counting the number of searches (powered by Yahoo) you make or purchases completed through the GoodShop.com portal. There are two ways you can participate.

• Install a toolbar using the following link. Both sites are contained in the GoodSearch toolbar. Make sure the Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is in the “I support:” text field after the toolbar is installed. One cool thing about the toolbar is that when you visit a sponsoring site to purchase something online, the donation icon in the toolbar will light up and/or the coupon icon as well. Great coupons! Just a reminder, if you are shopping online you need to go through GoodShop.com or one of the other buttons on the GoodSearch tool bar to obtain the donation.
• Bookmark GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com.as favorites and use them when making online purchases. Enter Cuyamaca Equestrian Association in “Who do you GoodSearch for?”, then enter your search. Next time you search CEA will already be listed. For shopping you are asked to enter the store name, so I just tried Amazon which gives 1.5% donation!

With one person using this tool, CEA raised $10 over a three month trial period; imagine if the entire horse community used this tool to further equestrian causes.

Questions? Email Ernie Smith at ernestoz@yahoo.com. Happy Holiday shopping!

How to Support CEA
• Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Come to our meetings
• Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
Any donation of $500 or more toward the costs of the lawsuit qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

Update for November 2009

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit.
The next meeting will be January 7th, 2009. Remember: CEA does NOT meet in December.
Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA is continuing to negotiate a settlement with respect to Los Caballos. The trial date (unless the matter is resolved before that time) will be January 22, 2010, CEA remains committed to preserving the family camping experience in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Park News:
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Trail conditions – Granite Springs has water again, but be prepared in case it goes dry! Water is available at Dyer Springs. Ceonothus is making some trails unridable, such as Harvey Moore from Granite Springs to Harpers Creek and parts of the West Mesa Trail. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help to take the trails back! This time of year is perfect for working on the trails.

Announcements
• A reminder to all trail users: Please stay on the trails, gently encourage others to stay on trails, and always be respectful of Park Rangers, volunteers, and staff.

Opportunity to donate to CEA when you shop online

GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com support non-profit organizations such as CEA by counting the number of searches (powered by Yahoo) you make or purchases completed through the GoodShop.com portal. There are two ways you can participate.

• Install a toolbar using the following link. http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/cuyamaca-equestrian-association Both sites are contained in the GoodSearch toolbar. Make sure the Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is in the “I support:” text field after the toolbar is installed. One cool thing about the toolbar is that when you visit a sponsoring site to purchase something online, the donation icon in the toolbar will light up and/or the coupon icon as well. Great coupons! Just a reminder, if you are shopping online you need to go through GoodShop.com or one of the other buttons on the GoodSearch tool bar to obtain the donation.
• Bookmark GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com.as favorites and use them when making online purchases. Enter Cuyamaca Equestrian Association in “Who do you GoodSearch for?”, then enter your search. Next time you search CEA will already be listed. For shopping you are asked to enter the store name, so I just tried Amazon which gives 1.5% donation!

With one person using this tool, CEA raised $10 over a three month trial period; imagine if the entire horse community used this tool to further equestrian causes.

Questions? Email Ernie Smith at ernestoz@yahoo.com. Happy Holiday shopping!

How to Support CEA
• Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Come to our meetings
• Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
Any donation of $500 or more toward the costs of the lawsuit will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association Update for October 2009

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit.
The next meeting will be Thursday November 5th, 2009. Remember: CEA does NOT meet in December.
Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA is continuing to negotiate a settlement with respect to Los Caballos. The trial date (unless the matter is resolved before that time) will be January 22, 2010, CEA remains committed to preserving the family camping experience in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Please send a tax deductible donation to support CEA legal efforts. Tax deductible donations may be written to CEA and sent to CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916. Any donation of $500 or more will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

CEA Board positions
Three CEA Board positions were filled, each by unanimous vote. You may remember that alternating halves of the board are elected each year, to avoid having an entirely new board all at once. The newly elected members are: Bernie Martin, Ernie Smith, and Cindy McKievick. Many thanks to them for their willingness to put in the time and effort required for this work.

Park News:
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Trail conditions – Granite Springs has water again, but be prepared in case it goes dry! Water is available at Dyer Springs. Ceonothus is making some trails unridable, such as Harvey Moore from Granite Springs to Harpers Creek and parts of the West Mesa Trail. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help to take the trails back! The weather is cooling off, so we have some great working days ahead.

Announcements
• A reminder to all trail users: Please stay on the trails, gently encourage others to stay on trails, and always be respectful of Park Rangers, volunteers, and staff.
• CHSA (California State Horsemen’s Association) TRAP (Trail Riders Award Program) – Opportunity to keep track of your riding for your fun and awards, and also to document trail use. http://www.geocities.com/cshatrap Contact: Ann Laux Tipps annlaux@mac.com
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, has reopened for horse camping only. Contact: Los Coyotes office: 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley reopened to horses, again! Camping with horses is available at Butterfield Resort. www.ButterfieldResort.com Primitive camping in Blair Valley. Vern Whittaker Camp will, as the others, be nice starting in the fall.
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides in their beautiful reservation off Hwy 79. Contact Casino for details.

How to Support CEA
• Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Come to our meetings
• Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Update for September 2009

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit. The next meeting will be October 1, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Save Los Caballos:
CEA remains willing, as always, to negotiate a settlement, however we are preparing for a trial date of January 22, 2010. We are waiting for word from State Parks….
Would you please send a tax deductible donation to support this legal Tax deductible donations may be written to CEA and sent to CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916. Any donation of $500 or more will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

CEA Board positions – call for candidate’s statements
Three CEA Board positions will be open. Voting will take place in October. Board positions start in January 2009 and run for two years. Officers are elected by the Board.

Candidate’s statements may be sent to Linda Eskin linda@lindaeskin.com. Statements are due by September 30, 2009. Please consider getting involved with CEA.

Park News:
Proposed State Park closures – Not sure of the status of parks at this time…
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. ;Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Trail conditions – Granite Springs is dry! Water is available at Dyer Springs. Ceonothus is taking over some trails, such as Harvey Moore from Granite Springs to Harper Creek and parts of the West Mesa Trail. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help to take the trails back! The weather will be cooling off soon…

Announcements
• Poker Ride and Stride - October 11 - Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association (TOVEA) hosts this annual event held to benefit the City of San Marcos Walnut Grove Park the only public north county San Diego equestrian facility. Contact: www.helpthehorsepark.com and http://www.keepitequestrian.com/
• CHSA (California State Horsemen’s Association) TRAP (Trail Riders Award Program) – Opportunity to keep track of your riding for your fun and awards, and also to document trail use. http://www.geocities.com/cshatrap Contact: Ann Laux Tipps annlaux@mac.com
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, has reopened for horse camping only. Contact: Los Coyotes office: 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley is closed to horses. Camping with horses is available at Butterfield Resort. www.ButterfieldResort.com Primitive camping in Blair Valley. Vern Whittaker Camp will, as the others, be nice starting in the fall.
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides in their beautiful reservation off Hwy 79. Contact Casino for details.

How to Support CEA
o Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
o Come to our meetings
o Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Update for July 2009

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association
Update for July 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
**Change of meeting. No meeting will be held in August. Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit. The next meeting will be September 3, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Save Los Caballos:
CEA remains willing, as always, to negotiate a settlement, however we are preparing for a trial date of January 22, 2010.
Would you please send a tax deductible donation to support this legal Tax deductible donations may be written to CEA and sent to CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916. Any donation of $500 or more will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

Park News

Proposed State Park closures – Your help is needed to prevent the closure of our state parks, especially Cuyamaca. Closing state parks as a state budgetary solution is faulty given that more money is generated in our economy by state parks that they cost the state. One way to learn more and to comment http://ga3.org/campaign/budget_may09 Another way http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/action/preservation/save-our-state-parks?%20id4=ES

• NATRC Event staged in Merigan field - A pilot event was staged out of the Merigan field, allowing small groups the possible opportunity to hold events from the area that was thoroughly studied by State Parks. More news to come.
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. ;Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Trail conditions – Ceonothus is taking over some trails, such as Harvey Moore from Granite Springs to Harper Creek and parts of the West Mesa Trail. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help to take the trails back!

Announcements
• CHSA (California State Horsemen’s Association) TRAP (Trail Riders Award Program) – Opportunity to keep track of your riding for your fun and awards, and also to document trail use. http://www.geocities.com/cshatrap Contact Ann Laux Tipps annlaux@mac.com
• New website http://socalhorses.forummotion.com/forum.htm to network information about horses who need homes in the southern California area.
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, has reopened for horse camping only. The campground is a large open mature oak grove. Dirt roads and a network of trails offer lots of riding options. The trails have not been maintained for the last 2 years, so be prepared for uncertain trail conditions. Cost to day ride is $13. Cost to camp is $26/night. No group discounts. No reservations necessary. Guard gate is “manned” 24/7; check in and pay there on arrival. Bring all water for yourself and horse/s. No water available yet in camp. Any questions: Call Los Coyotes office: 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley is closed to horses. Camping with horses is available at Butterfield Resort. www.ButterfieldResort.com Primitive camping in Blair Valley. Vern Whittaker Camp will, as the others, be nice starting in the fall.
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides in their beautiful reservation off Hwy 79. Costs are $25/person which includes lunch on the trail and $25 gaming chips. Contact Casino for details.

How to Support CEA
o Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
o Come to our meetings
o Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Update for June 2009

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association
Update for June 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit. The next meeting will be July 2, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Save Los Caballos: Trial date set
A trial date was set for January 22, 2010. CEA remains willing, as always, to negotiate a settlement.
Would you please send a tax deductible donation to support this legal action? Cory has significantly reduced his fees on our behalf as he believes State Parks will lose in court and end up paying his attorney fees. Tax deductible donations may be written to CEA and sent to CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916. Any donation of $500 or more will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

Park News

Proposed State Park closures – Your help is needed to prevent the closure of our state parks, especially Cuyamaca. Closing state parks as a state budgetary solution is faulty given that more money is generated in our economy by state parks that they cost the state. One way to learn more and to comment California State Parks Another way save our parks
By the way, Los Caballos generated $110,000 a year, even before recent fee increases….

• Granite Springs Water – Pump is fixed. There is water flowing at Granite Springs.
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. This is a good time of year to work on the trails. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Trail conditions – Gorgeous!! Flowers blooming, baby turkeys, streams still running.
• Clean up trash - Take a few moments to clean up trash left by less considerate folks. Please do not empty your horse trailer manure; load any piles back into your trailer.

Announcements
• Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs – Wednesday, June 17, Oakzanita Ranch, Descanso. Contact Peggy Martin peggy150@gmail.com 619-445-1289.
• RTA “Spurs, Spokes and Sneakers Fundraiser,” — Saturday, June 27th.. Horse camping available, Happy Ysabel Ranch — Contact Teri Kerns 619.925.5008.
• CHSA (California State Horsemen’s Association) TRAP (Trail Riders Award Program) – Opportunity to keep track of your riding for your fun and awards, and also to document trail use. http://www.geocities.com/cshatrap Contact Ann Laux Tipps annlaux@mac.com

How to Support CEA
o Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
o Come to our meetings
o Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Update for April 2009

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.

Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit. The next meeting will be May 7, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Save Los Caballos: A step closer to trial on CEA’s legal petition to prevent State Parks from destroying the historic Los Caballos Horse Camp by skirting the CEQA process.
At the April court date a continuance was obtained in order for State Parks to make a proposal. Another court date is May 14 to set trial if a settlement has not been reached. CEA is fully prepared for trial. Would you please send a tax deductible donation to support this legal action? Cory has significantly reduced his fees on our behalf as he believes State Parks will lose in court and end up paying his attorney fees. Please consider sending a donation and also asking folks (not just equestrians) who value recreation access to our public lands to support this effort. Tax deductible donations may be written to CEA and sent to CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916. Any donation of $500 or more will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court. CEA is also seeking to partner with other trail advocates, corporations, access organizations, seek grants, and others. If you have suggestions or contacts that we may pursue, please contact Ernie Smith, ernestoz@yahoo.com or 619-445-8313.

Park News
* Earth Day April 25 – PVMR fed volunteers in the park who worked on trails, cleaned up the campground, and planted trees.
* Granite Springs Water – There is water flowing at Granite Springs!!
* Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. This is a good time of year to work on the trails. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
* Trail conditions – Gorgeous!! Grass growing, streams flowing, flowers blooming. Don’t ride on windy days; it’s not safe.
* Clean up trash - Take a few moments to clean up trash left by less considerate folks. Please do not empty your horse trailer manure; load any piles back into your trailer.

Announcements
* BCHC Los Vaqueros camp and trail work May 7-10 – contact Cheryl Wegner CherylWegner@bchcsd.com

How to Support CEA
o Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
o Come to our meetings
o Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.