Update for July 2009

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association
Update for July 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
**Change of meeting. No meeting will be held in August. 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 September 3, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Save Los Caballos:
CEA remains willing, as always, to negotiate a settlement, however we are preparing for a trial date of January 22, 2010.
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. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

Park News

Proposed State Park closures – Your help is needed to prevent the closure of our state parks, especially Cuyamaca. Closing state parks as a state budgetary solution is faulty given that more money is generated in our economy by state parks that they cost the state. One way to learn more and to comment http://ga3.org/campaign/budget_may09 Another way http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/action/preservation/save-our-state-parks?%20id4=ES

• NATRC Event staged in Merigan field - A pilot event was staged out of the Merigan field, allowing small groups the possible opportunity to hold events from the area that was thoroughly studied by State Parks. More news to come.
• 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 www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Trail conditions – 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!

• 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. http://www.geocities.com/cshatrap Contact Ann Laux Tipps annlaux@mac.com
• New website http://socalhorses.forummotion.com/forum.htm to network information about horses who need homes in the southern California area.
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, has reopened for horse camping only. The campground is a large open mature oak grove. Dirt roads and a network of trails offer lots of riding options. The trails have not been maintained for the last 2 years, so be prepared for uncertain trail conditions. Cost to day ride is $13. Cost to camp is $26/night. No group discounts. No reservations necessary. Guard gate is “manned” 24/7; check in and pay there on arrival. Bring all water for yourself and horse/s. No water available yet in camp. Any questions: Call 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. www.ButterfieldResort.com 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. Costs are $25/person which includes lunch on the trail and $25 gaming chips. Contact Casino for details.

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.

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