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Update for March 2009

Saturday, March 7th, 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 April 2, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA is a 501c3!!
CEA is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 organization. All donations are deductible, including those previously made to CEA in 2008 and 2009.

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.
Cory Briggs, our attorney has a court date in early April during which a trial date will be set. 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
* Green Valley Clean Up March 14 & 15 and March 28 & 29.
* Earth Day April 25 – PVMR will be feeding volunteers in the park. Put it on your calendar. More info in next update.
* Granite Springs Water – The repair of the pump is planned for early March.
* 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 coming. Allow trails to dry somewhat after rains; be friendly to trails. 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
A couple of openings: Vallecito Days, March 27, 28, 29 at Vallecito Regional Park, Shelter Valley. Sponsored by Ramona Trails Association. Contact Terry Jorgensen tlh9749@yahoo.com 760-789-5185
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. 

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association Update for February 2009

Monday, February 16th, 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 March 5, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Save Los Caballos: A legal petition was filed to prevent State Parks from destroying the historic Los Caballos Horse Camp by skirting the CEQA process.
As we have not heard from State Parks since our last settlement meeting, our attorney has requested a trial date and is taking the next steps in preparing for trial. CEA needs donations to support this legal action. Cory Briggs, our attorney, 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 R.E.C. (Recreation & Equestrian Coalition) 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, and others. If you have suggestions or contacts that we may pursue, please contact Ernie Smith, ernestoz@yahoo.com or 619-445-8313 619-992-6511.

Park News
• Trail Machine – Trained volunteers will be allowed to use the trail machine under specific terms set by State Parks. Hopefully the machine will be back in use soon.
• Los Caballos Trail – Tied (so far) to the “clean up Los Caballos” project…
• Granite Springs Water – Not sure of the current status.
• 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 – Areas have trees down from recent winds. Plan your ride to allow time to backtrack if necessary. Allow trails to dry somewhat after rains; be friendly to trails. 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. My gracious, the public makes a mess playing in the snow. Bring a large trash bag along when coming to the park and help out park staff. Please do not empty your horse trailer manure; load any piles back into your trailer. Be good stewards and examples.

Camp and Ride in Borrego – Vern Whitaker Horse Camp The trails and camp at Vern Whitaker are “fabulous”. Camp spots are available. The weather has been great. Flowers will be blooming after the latest rain. The road to the camp is well maintained as well as the camp and trails. To reserve: reservations

Federal 501c3 status pending with still more information requested by IRS. CEA Board is providing requested documents. Donations will be tax deductible once 501c3 status is obtained. Donations are deductible in the State of California. If you wish to make a tax deductible donation pending approval, R.E.C. (Recreation & Equestrian Coalition) has kindly offered once more to take them for us. Contact Peggy Martin peggy@oakzanitaranch.com 619-445-1289 with any questions.

Announcements
Vallecito Days, March 27, 28, 29 at Vallecito Regional Park, Shelter Valley. Sponsored by Ramona Trails Association. Contact Terry Jorgensen tlh9749@yahoo.com 760-789-5185
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 funds to further CEA’s work. Donations are tax deductible if written to R.E.C.
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 2008

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
Cuyamaca Equestrian Association

Update for September 2008

Meeting day and location: The first Thursday of 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 2, 2008. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA Board positions – call for candidate’s statements

Four CEA board positions will be open. Voting will take place in October. Board positions start in January 2009. Officers are elected by the board. Candidate’s statements may be sent to Linda Eskin 619- 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com. Please consider getting involved with CEA.

Park News

* Los Caballos Trail – News is pending regarding the re-opening of this important connecting trail. Volunteers to help on trail work will be needed soon.
* Equestrian Staging Areas
o Paso Picacho East – Pending; no update.
o Hual Cu Cuish - Equestrian staging area just off Milk Ranch Rd near Cuyamaca Lake, Azalea and Middle Peak. Reminder: pick up all manure and trash. Practice “Leave No Trace”.
* Granite Springs Water – The pump still needs replacing at a cost of $3406. Due to the state budget situation, this project will wait for needed funds, along with other park deferred needs. In the meantime, water is available at Dyar Springs.
* Merigan Staging Project – Money issue cause delays.
* Cuyamaca 75th Anniversary celebration – October 11, 10:00 – 4:00, School Camp. Vendors, presentations, food. CEA will have a booth. www.cuyamaca.us
* Adopt a work party - Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty

date in 2008. Cool weather coming! Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org

Fages Ride – September 26-28/9, 2008. Registration closes September 12. All camping spots are reserved with a waiting list. Dinners ($20 each) and breakfasts ($8 each) may be purchased til September 12; forms available at www.cuyamaca.us and www.cuyamacaequestrian.org Historic Ride will be staged at Los Vaqueros Group Camp ride out 10:00 on Saturday, September 28; limited parking along Los Vaq road for day riders, also you can park at Hual Cu Cuish and ride over. Dinner at 4:00 followed by Garry McClintock re-enactment program. CEA volunteers are needed on this event. Please contact Cindy. (619) 390-9553 mckww@cox.net
How to Support CEA

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is requesting funds from horse organizations and individual equestrians for the following accounts to further CEA’s work. Donations are tax deductible.

1. Operational Funds for CEA – Make your check out to CEA and write “General Fund” on the memo line or leave it blank.
2. Los Caballos Fund – Make your check out to CEA and write “Los Cab” on the memo line. Fund is for services of consulting attorney Bill Davis and consulting archeologist Kent Schneider PhD working on preserving and protecting recreational and specifically equestrian access to our state park.
3. 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 August 2008

Monday, August 11th, 2008
Cuyamaca Equestrian Association

Update for August 2008

Meeting day and location: The first Thursday of 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 September 4th, 2008. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Park News

* Los Caballos Trail – It was hoped that this important connecting trail between the Marty Minshall trail by Cuyamaca Lake and the California Riding and Hiking Trail toward Azalea and points south would be reopened August 1. There have been some delays due to additional Native American consultation and additional archeological studies….CEA will continue to check on progress on reopening this trail.
* Horse camp in Cuyamaca - CEA requested information on the status of Los Vaqueros North which was the overwhelming favorite in the NOP of July 2006. Per State Parks: “After consultation with local Native Americans (required by law) the advice of our legal counsel was that using that site would be difficult to defend legally.”
* Equestrian Staging Areas
o Paso Picacho East – CEA reviewed concept designs and made input for horse and rig friendly modifications. Drawings need engineering input next.
o Hual Cu Cuish - Please tell people about this equestrian staging area just off Milk Ranch Rd near Cuyamaca Lake, Azalea and Middle Peak. Reminder: pick up all manure and trash. Practice “Leave No Trace”.
* Granite Springs Water – The pump needs replacing at a cost of $3406. Due to the state budget situation, this project will wait for needed funds, along with other park deferred needs. In the meantime, water is available at Dyar Springs.
* Merigan Staging Project – No update.
* Adopt a work party - Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty

date in 2008. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org

Fages Ride – September 26-28/9, 2008. Registration is open; forms available at www.cuyamaca.us and www.cuyamacaequestrian.org $40 for a weekend of camping, dinner, breakfast and the historical ride. Or come for ride/dinner/breakfast. Ride will be staged at Los Vaqueros Group Camp. Please contact Cindy. (619) 390-9553 mckww@cox.net Volunteers are needed for putting on this event

California Equestrian Trails and Land Coalition (CET&LC)

CEA is sending Linda Eskin and Nola Michel to the annual meeting of CET&LC, “A collective voice representing the many thousands of California’s equestrian trails and public and private land users. . .” www.calequestriancoalition.org Also see www.californiatrails.org Common Ground Task Force.

Los Caballos Historic Site nomination – Historic Inventory Assessment

As you know, when the destruction by State Parks of Los Caballos was planned in September 2007, CEA set out to preserve and protect Los Caballos as a historic site. CEA initiated a project to support a formal historic site nomination and requested donor funds to support that project. In the research and efforts to develop supporting documentation and in consultation with our advisor Bill Davis, it became apparent that the project was beyond the scope of CEA and was likely not the most effective approach. In addition we appreciated the greater historical use of the north end of the park, beyond the horse camp and including the various historical period of early exploration, Mexican land grant, mining, logging, grazing, transportation, Cuyamaca City, Stonewall Mine, California Conservation Corps projects, camping by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, development of the State Park, California Riding and Hiking Trail, along with Los Caballos.

Most importantly the formal acceptance and publication of the private party funded and State Park supported Village Site Historic Nomination alarmed all recreation-minded individuals and organizations with its restrictive land use language and stated intent to broaden impact to Stonewall Peak, Hual Cu Cuish and other park treasures. Therefore, we asked Bill Davis to create a statement that would present the concerns of all users and enjoyers of Cuyamaca State Park. CEA concluded again that this issue is larger than the equestrians and larger than Los Caballos and approached CRSPIA to join forces in editing the statement and presenting it to State Parks. CRSPIA Board agreed and will work with CEA in this project.

CEA, and CRSPIA, believe this is the most important action to be taken on behalf of all the citizens of California who are at risk of being closed out of their state parks. Los Caballos is the symbol/emblem representing a drift away from balancing recreation and resource protection, a movement toward closure rather than legally provided mitigation, a higher value placed on prehistoric rather than historic uses, and an exclusion of the public from public lands. Please join with CEA and CRSPIA in taking a stand. Once it’s lost, it’s gone.
How to Support CEA

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is requesting funds from horse organizations and individual equestrians for the following accounts to further CEA’s work. Donations are tax deductible.

1. Operational Funds for CEA – Make your check out to CEA and write “General Fund” on the memo line.
2. Los Caballos Fund – Make your check out to CEA and write “Los Cab” on the memo line. Fund is for services of consulting attorney Bill Davis and consulting archeologist Kent Schneider PhD working on preserving and protecting recreational and specifically equestrian access to our state park. Urgent need!! Matching donation promised for donations $500 or more.
3. 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 2008

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Meeting day and location: The first Thursday of 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 August 7, 2008. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin. com.

Park News

• Trail conditions – It’s getting HOT, but some flowers are blooming and some water is still running. Ride and enjoy the park. Report downed trees to Ron Matzenaur runningm@cox. net 619-445-8479.
• MAU “Benefit” Ride - Saturday, July 27. Camp for the weekend at Los Vaqueros. Contact Suzie Kirkwood 619-445-3555.
• Fages Ride – Put it on your calendar: September 26-28, 2008. The committee is finalizing plans. Registration opens around August
1. Ride will be staged at Los Vaqueros Group Camp. More news coming
soon

• Adopt a work party - Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date in 2008. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestr ian.org Great time of year to work on trails!
• Meeting with Superintendent Nedra Martinez

o Work continues on trails and Green Valley Campground that have been closed due to downed trees.
o Possibility of enlarged staging area and improved toilet facilities at Merigan trailhead is being explored; looking good. Your hance to suggest names! Submit ideas to Park office.
o Baby trees need watering! Adopt a plot to water or help on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Meet at 8:00 at the park offices in the Old Stone House near Paso Picacho. Ask for Ranger Bob Hillis.
o Currently no water available at Granite Springs.
o Los Caballos Trail is expected to reopen August 1, thereby restoring the loop around the horse camps and access to the California Riding and Hiking Trail from the Hual Cu Cuish equestrian staging area.

Los Caballos Historic Site nomination Documentation for a Los Caballos historic site nomination is being reviewed by consultant Bill Davis. CEA continues to gather
documentation in support of this nomination. The rich history of the area is fascinating to discover and, hopefully, will be included in an inventory of significant historical sites in the north part of the park. Such an inventory could lead to interpretive exhibits and greater appreciation of the history in the time period between the Native American village and the park.

CEA Gathering
The Gathering at Old Chaney Ranch included great riding in a wonderful campground. Corrals, campfires, and outhouses with running water! Doesn’t get any better. CEA thanked host Ed Picozzi with a mirror for his guest house.

Announcements
• Lakeside Frontier Riders Annual Poker Ride – Saturday, October 11. http://www.lakeside frontierriders. com/events/ poker-ride2008.shtml to register.

How to Support CEA
Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is requesting funds from horse organizations and individual equestrians for the following accounts to further CEA’s work. Donations are tax deductible.

1. Operational Funds for CEA – Make your check out to CEA and write “General Fund” on the memo line.
2. Los Caballos Fund – Make your check out to CEA and write “Los Cab” on the memo line. Fund is for services of consulting attorney Bill Davis and consulting archeologists Kent Schneider PhD and Mark Barnes, PhD working on historic site nomination. Matching donation promised for donations $500 or more.
3. 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 May 2008

Saturday, June 7th, 2008
Cuyamaca Equestrian Association
Update for May 2008

Meeting day and location: The first Thursday of 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 3, 2008. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin. com.

Park News

• Firewood - Oak firewood $20 a truck load! Get a permit (DPR form 968) at the ranger station at Paso Picacho to pick up your cut, but not split, firewood. Save gas, save money! If you get your wood on a day that you volunteer in the park, your mileage is deductible on your tax return!
• Trail conditions – The park is green, flowers are blooming, water is running. Ride and enjoy the park. Anytime there is a big wind, there are more trees down. Trails Maintenance Unit is working each week to clear the trees. Report downed trees to Ron Matzenaur runningm@cox. net 619-445-8479.
• Fages Ride – Plans are proceeding for the historical celebration ride the weekend of September 26-28, 2008. Ride will be staged at Los Vaqueros Group Camp. Volunteers are needed for putting on this event. Please contact Ernie or Cindy.
• Shelving of proposed Merigan’s horse camp – Due to state financial constraints, plans to develop a horse camp near Merigan’s staging area have been shelved. State Parks may revive the proposal if and when state finances improve. Suggestions are being made for
expanding the staging area, since the studies have been completed.
• Adopt a work party - Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date in 2008. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestr ian.org Great time of year to work on trails!

Los Caballos Historic Site nomination

Documentation for a Los Caballos historic site nomination is being reviewed by consultant Bill Davis. CEA continues to gather documentation in support of this nomination. The rich history of the area is fascinating to discover and, hopefully, will be included in an inventory of significant historical sites in the north part of the
park. Such an inventory could lead to interpretive exhibits and greater appreciation of the times between the Native American Village and the park.

CEA Gathering- June 12-15, Thursday through Sunday

Register now for the Gathering at the Chaney Ranch, just northwest of Warner Springs. Fees go up June 3. Camp under mature oak trees (water available), ride on your own on adjacent Forest Service lands and around the Ranch. Visit with new and old friends around the campfire. 13 corrals of various sizes are available, first come, first get. $35/person for the weekend.. $10/person for day riding. Children are free. www.cuyamacaequestrian.org for registration and release forms and information. No need to be a member of any sponsor group; CEA has purchased insurance to cover all participants.

CEA in action – facilitating a solution

CEA was contacted by Terry Wooley-Howe, organizer of AERC rated endurance rides through the park for 10 years without incident or injury. Despite their safety record and ample insurance coverage, concerns had been raised by the park regarding issuing the special events permit. Safety for park visitors was a priority. CEA invited Terry and also Lynda Sterns, representing the NATRC competitive trail riding interests, to meet with CEA representatives and Superintendent Nedra Martinez. Superintendent Martinez explained her concerns, and Terry and Lynda were invited to describe their rides. The face-to-face exchange resulted in mutual understanding of the respective issues and realities. The rides will receive special event permits. Yeah! Thanks to all who participated.

Announcements
• Miramar Stables is in jeopardy of being closed! Letters are urgently needed in support of this 50 year old facility for our military. Contact Nola Michel, trlrider@san. rr.com

How to Support CEA
Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is requesting funds from horse organizations and individual equestrians for the following accounts to further CEA’s work. Donations are tax deductible.

1. Operational Funds for CEA – Make your check out to CEA and write “General Fund” on the memo line.
2. Los Caballos Fund – Make your check out to CEA and write “Los Cab” on the memo line. Fund is for services of consulting attorney Bill Davis and consulting archeologists Kent Schneider PhD and Mark Barnes, PhD working on historic site nomination. Urgent need!!
Matching donation promised for donations $500 or more.

3. 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.

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association Update for April 2008

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association
Update for April 2008

Meeting day and location: The first Thursday of 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 1, 2008. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin. com.

Park News

• Earth Day - Saturday, April 19, 8:00 to 3:30. Lunch served by PVMR. Register by calling 760-765-0623. Contact Mike Curtis for information cmcurtis@pacbell. net 858-278-3280 www.cuyamaca. us Come and give back to the park we all love.

• Firewood is available (cut but not split – you load) for $20 a pickup truck. Obtain a permit at Park Headquarters near Paso Picacho.
• Trail conditions – Trees are still down on Cold Stream Trail. The park in greening up, flowers are starting to bloom. Ride and enjoy the park.
• Fages Ride – In 1782 Pedro Fages was the first European to pass through what is now Cuyamaca State Park. CRSPIA, with CEA’s support, is planning an historical celebration ride the weekend of
September 26-28, 2008. Ride will be staged at Los Vaqueros Group Camp. Volunteers are needed for planning.
• Proposed Merigan’s horse camp – Ernie Smith spoke, again, with project manager Suzie Lahitte. More survey results are continuing to affect proposed designs. The Equestrian Advisory Group is seeking input to the design of the camp.
• Adopt a work party - Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date in 2008. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org Great time of year to work on trails!

Los Caballos Historic Site nomination

The CEA nomination committee has been gathering fascinating information about the history of the area that is now Cuyamaca State Park. Cuyamaca City developed to serve the miners and others at Stonewall Mine. Did you know that Cuyamaca Peak used to be called Sawmill Peak for the logging operations there? A photo shows cattle grazing across the meadows to Stonewall Mine. The road that is now Highway 79 was constructed in part to transport agricultural products from the area. The Dyars invited friends to come ride horses on their beautiful lands.

CEA Gathering- June 12-15, Thursday through Sunday

Registration is open for the Gathering at the Chaney Ranch, just north of Warner Springs. Camp under mature oak trees (water available), ride on your own on the Warner trails and around the ranch. Visit with new and old friends around the campfire. A lovely guesthouse adjacent to the camping area will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. $35/person for the weekend. Day riding option
available. www.cuyamacaequestrian.org for registration and information. No need to be a member of any sponsor group; CEA has purchased insurance to cover all participants.

Announcements
• Miramar Stables is in jeopardy of being closed! Letters are urgently needed in support of this 50 year old facility for our military. Contact Nola Michel, trlrider@san. rr.com
• BCHC Los Vaqueros Campout/Service Weekend. May 8-11; sign up by May 2. Contact Cheryl Wegner: 760-788-0354/ chrylwgnr@ cox.net or Terry Hamilton: 760-789-5185 tlh9749@yahoo. com

How to Support CEA
Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is requesting funds from horse organizations and individual equestrians for the following accounts to further CEA’s work.

1. Operational Funds for CEA – Make your check out to CEA and write “General Fund” on the memo line.
2. Los Caballos Fund – Make your check out to CEA and write “Los Cab” on the memo line. Fund is for services of consulting attorney Bill Davis and consulting archeologists Kent Schneider PhD and Mark Barnes, PhD working on historic site nomination. Urgent need!!
Matching donation promised for donations $500 or more. . 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 March 2008

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Meeting day and location: The first Thursday of 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 6:00 and have dinner beforehand and visit. The next meeting will be March 6, 2008. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Park News

  • Green Valley Falls - CEA participated in the cleanup at Green Valley Falls campground. Portitions of the campground should be opening later this month.
  • Firewood is available (cut but not split – you load) for $20 a pickup truck. Obtain a permit at Park Headquarters near Paso Picacho.
  • Trail conditions – Most trails are open and clear thanks to the tremendous work of volunteer trail crews. The park in greening up and water is flowing. Ride and enjoy the park. Please refrain from riding after rains until trails firm up to reduce trail damage.
  • Fages Ride – original ride was April 17-20th, 1782. CRSPIA, with CEA’s support, is planning an historical celebration ride the weekend of September 26-28, 2008. Ride will be staged at Los Vaqueros Group Camp. Volunteers are needed for planning.
  • Proposed Merigan’s horse camp – Ernie Smith spoke again with project manager Suzie Lahitte. Additional results of surveys continue to affect proposed designs. If you pass by the field across from McClintock’s saddlery, you’ll see what appears to be silt fences. They are actually Arroyo toad capture fencing for the project’s environmental study. The Equestrian Advisory Group is seeking input to the design of the camp.
  • Adopt a work party - Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a work party date in 2008. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org Great time of year to work on trails! And you can get free day use passes for your efforts!

Los Caballos Historic Site nomination – please help

The CEA nomination committee continues to work on the draft of the nomination. The larger historical context and the traditional cultural activities of equestrians are the focus of our work. Although CEA has been very active in gathering information at the San Diego Historical Society, libraries, archeological organizations and other institutions, we still could use help to “fill in” details of the history of Los Caballos and the cultural significance to equestrians. The history of riding clubs and equestrian groups is being gathered.

CEA Update for February 2008

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association

Update for February 2008

Meeting day and location: The first Thursday of 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 6:00 and have dinner beforehand and visit. The next meeting will be March 6, 2008. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Park News

  • Ernie, Bernie and Peggy met with Park Superintendent Nedra Martinez to build relationships and communication.
  • Nedra updated us on progress in the tree contract in Green Valley Campground. Special work parties are planned February 16 & 17 and February 23 & 24. Meet at Green Valley Campground at 9:00. Contact Mike Curtis cmcurtis@pacbell.net
  • Firewood is available (cut but not split – you load) for $20 a pickup truck. Obtain a permit at Park Headquarters near Paso Picacho.
  • Trail conditions – lots of trees are down. Plan rides that allow enough time to backtrack if necessary. The park in greening up and water is flowing. Ride and enjoy the park. Please refrain from riding after rains until trails firm up to reduce trail damage.
  • Fages Ride – original ride was April 17-20th , 1782. CRSPIA, with CEA’s support, is planning an historical celebration ride the weekend of September 26-28, 2008. Ride will be staged at Los Vaqueros Group Camp. Volunteers are needed for planning.
  • Proposed Merigan’s horse camp – Ernie Smith spoke again with project manager Suzie Lahitte. Additional results of surveys are affecting proposed designs. The Equestrian Advisory Group is seeking input to the design of the camp.
  • Adopt a work party - Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date in 2008. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org Great time of year to work on trails!

Los Caballos Historic Site nomination – please help

The CEA nomination committee continues to work on the draft of the nomination. The larger historical context and the traditional cultural activities of equestrians are the focus of our work. We still could use help to “fill in” details of the history of Los Caballos and the cultural significance to equestrians. The history of riding clubs and equestrian groups is being gathered.

Update for March 2007

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Reminder - Meeting day and location: The first Tuesday of 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 6:00 and have dinner beforehand. The next meeting will be March 6th, 2007. Questions or directions:  Linda Eskin  619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Progress Report

State Parks is taking a fresh look at the notice of preparation (NOP) for the EIR for a horse camp in the park. The new NOP should, we hope, more accurately reflect the actual conditions and options.

The idea of a new horse camp in Descanso was floated recently at a Descanso Planning Group meeting. The proposed camp would be across from McClintock’s, in the meadow near the Merigan Trailhead. The proposal does not preclude additional camps in other areas of the park.

Work to finish the staging area at Hual-Cu-Cush has been pushed back a few weeks, to the end of March. Remember, always clean up after your horses at any staging area. Bring a muck tub and haul it home with you.

Upcoming Events

No horse? Horseless horsepeople are welcome at all events. We can tell stories, sing songs, and keep an eye on the camp. Some rides will need helpers to keep an eye on the horses, and to shuttle riders back to get their rigs. There’s plenty of fun to be had.

More on the series of three rides and campouts for the 150th anniversary of the Overland Mail.

Done: Terry Hamilton of Ramona Trails Association (RTA) gave a report on the first of the three historic rides, from Palm Spring Oasis to Vallecito, The campout/ride was a great success. The food was great, the weather cooperated with a break in the wind for the ride on Saturday. There were presentations of historic information, and many people rode in period clothing.

Coming up next: May 5, 2007 - Mason Valley to Los Vaqueros ride, with camping at Los Vaqueros May 4-6. This is a challenging uphill ride for fit trail horses, organized by the Ramona Trails Association. Contact Terry Hamilton, Chair@RamonaTrails.org, (760) 789-5185.

June 16, 2007 – The “Jackass Mail Ride” – Sunrise Staging Area to Merigan Ranch, with camping at Merigan Ranch. This is a CRSPIA ride, along with the Cuyamaca MAU, supported by CEA. See www.CuyamacaEquestrian.org for details. Volunteers are needed! Most volunteer assignments are before/after the ride, leaving you free to go enjoy the ride.

Also coming up, the CEA Gathering Labor Day Weekend ride, Friday, August 31 – Sunday, September 3, 2007, at the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, about 7 miles east of Warner’s Ranch. Camping will be only $15/night per rig, for up to four horses. [NOTE, AS OF 6/23/2007 DUE TO FEEDBACK FROM MEMBER CLUBS ABOUT FAIRNESS AND AFFORDABILITY WE ARE REVISITING PRICING AND MEALS. PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH THIS OUTDATED PRICING.] This event needs sponsoring clubs, and volunteers for a variety of jobs. Contact Peggy Martin, peggy@oakzanitaranch.com