Cuyamaca Equestrian Association Update for February 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.

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