Archive for March, 2010

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

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
(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 Disneyland is offering a free day pass for a day of volunteering in the park. 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!

• Note: CEA meeting dates changed to April 1 and October 7. Updates will come out monthly. Please contact Ernie Smith with any questions/input regarding CEA or your club’s activities. Copy to Peggy Martin 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 760-789-5185
• Warner Springs FFA Benefit Trail Ride – April 10 & 11, Contact Sherri Freeman 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. 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 and support non-profit organizations such as CEA by counting the number of searches (powered by Yahoo) you make or purchases completed through the 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 or one of the other buttons on the GoodSearch tool bar to obtain the donation.
• Bookmark and 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 Happy Holiday shopping!

How to Support CEA
• Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at
• 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.