Cuyamaca Equestrian Association Update for April 2008

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association
Update for April 2008

Meeting day and location: The first Thursday of 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 May 1, 2008. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin. com.

Park News

• Earth Day - Saturday, April 19, 8:00 to 3:30. Lunch served by PVMR. Register by calling 760-765-0623. Contact Mike Curtis for information cmcurtis@pacbell. net 858-278-3280 www.cuyamaca. us Come and give back to the park we all love.

• Firewood is available (cut but not split – you load) for $20 a pickup truck. Obtain a permit at Park Headquarters near Paso Picacho.
• Trail conditions – Trees are still down on Cold Stream Trail. The park in greening up, flowers are starting to bloom. Ride and enjoy the park.
• Fages Ride – In 1782 Pedro Fages was the first European to pass through what is now Cuyamaca State Park. CRSPIA, with CEA’s support, is planning an historical celebration ride the weekend of
September 26-28, 2008. Ride will be staged at Los Vaqueros Group Camp. Volunteers are needed for planning.
• Proposed Merigan’s horse camp – Ernie Smith spoke, again, with project manager Suzie Lahitte. More survey results are continuing to affect proposed designs. The Equestrian Advisory Group is seeking input to the design of the camp.
• Adopt a work party - Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date in 2008. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org Great time of year to work on trails!

Los Caballos Historic Site nomination

The CEA nomination committee has been gathering fascinating information about the history of the area that is now Cuyamaca State Park. Cuyamaca City developed to serve the miners and others at Stonewall Mine. Did you know that Cuyamaca Peak used to be called Sawmill Peak for the logging operations there? A photo shows cattle grazing across the meadows to Stonewall Mine. The road that is now Highway 79 was constructed in part to transport agricultural products from the area. The Dyars invited friends to come ride horses on their beautiful lands.

CEA Gathering- June 12-15, Thursday through Sunday

Registration is open for the Gathering at the Chaney Ranch, just north of Warner Springs. Camp under mature oak trees (water available), ride on your own on the Warner trails and around the ranch. Visit with new and old friends around the campfire. A lovely guesthouse adjacent to the camping area will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. $35/person for the weekend. Day riding option
available. www.cuyamacaequestrian.org for registration and information. No need to be a member of any sponsor group; CEA has purchased insurance to cover all participants.

Announcements
• Miramar Stables is in jeopardy of being closed! Letters are urgently needed in support of this 50 year old facility for our military. Contact Nola Michel, trlrider@san. rr.com
• BCHC Los Vaqueros Campout/Service Weekend. May 8-11; sign up by May 2. Contact Cheryl Wegner: 760-788-0354/ chrylwgnr@ cox.net or Terry Hamilton: 760-789-5185 tlh9749@yahoo. com

How to Support CEA
Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is requesting funds from horse organizations and individual equestrians for the following accounts to further CEA’s work.

1. Operational Funds for CEA – Make your check out to CEA and write “General Fund” on the memo line.
2. Los Caballos Fund – Make your check out to CEA and write “Los Cab” on the memo line. Fund is for services of consulting attorney Bill Davis and consulting archeologists Kent Schneider PhD and Mark Barnes, PhD working on historic site nomination. Urgent need!!
Matching donation promised for donations $500 or more. . 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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