Archive for September, 2009

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

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 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
• 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…

• 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: and
• 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. Contact: Ann Laux Tipps
• 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. 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
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.