Archive for November, 2008

Upgrading the CEA Web Site

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

We are in the process of upgrading the CEA Web site, and cleaning up the formatting of some posts. All content should continue to be available. Please pardon our dust.

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association Update for November 2008

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Meeting day and location
Since the first Thursday falls on New Years Day, CEA meeting will be on the second Thursday in January 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 8, 2009. No general meeting in December. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or

Save Los Caballos
A legal petition was filed to prevent State Parks from proceeding to destroy the historic Los Caballos by skirting the CEQA process.

Oral histories, photos needed now - especially of day use area and restroom, the core of the historic camp. Video or written accounts of Los Caballos are urgently needed to document the historical significance of Los Caballos and the California Riding and Hiking Trail. If you know anyone who can help, please have them contact Peggy Martin 619-445-1289.

Monitor Los Caballos - State Parks has been known to act deceitfully in the past when they removed the wild horses from Anza Borrego on a weekend when Backcountry Horseman were away at their Rendezvous. Whenever you are in the park, please go by/ride by to look at Los Caballos. If you see any activity in the camp, please report immediately to Peggy or Bernie Martin 619-445-1289, Ernie Smith 619-445-8313, or Vickie Cottle 619-659-0193.

CEA Board election
Vickie Cottle, Linda Eskin, Peggy Martin, and Nola Michel were elected unanimously to the 2009 CEA Board. Officers will be selected by the board and installed at the January 8 meeting.

501.c.3 status
501.c.3 status is pending with more information requested by IRS. Board is providing requested documents. Donations will be tax deductible once 501.c.3 status is obtained.

Park News
Los Caballos Trail - Tied to the clean up Los Caballos project.
Granite Springs Water - Pump still not working. Water available at Dyar 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

Trail Conditions
Some areas have trees down from recent winds. Plan your ride to allow time to backtrack if necessary.

Disaster Preparedness for Horse Owners - The county reaffirmed that, once you leave a mandatory evacuation area, you will not be allowed back. It is suggested that each community work on a plan to assist each other.

National Forest Service is implementing plans which will severely limit parking for rigs and dispersed camping.

How to Support CEA
Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at
Come to our meetings!
Donate funds to further CEA’s work. Donations are tax deductible.
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.

Los Caballos “Cleanup” AKA Destruction

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

The Los Caballos “cleanup” project is starting.  CEA has taken legal action to stop the project described in California State Parks PEF. The document is very large, but has some great photos from the 1950’s! The area has been in use by equestrians since the early 1940’s when a water line was brought in for equestrian use.