Update for June 2009

June 21st, 2009

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association
Update for June 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 July 2, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Save Los Caballos: Trial date set
A trial date was set for January 22, 2010. CEA remains willing, as always, to negotiate a settlement.
Would you please send a tax deductible donation to support this legal action? Cory has significantly reduced his fees on our behalf as he believes State Parks will lose in court and end up paying his attorney fees. 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 California State Parks Another way save our parks
By the way, Los Caballos generated $110,000 a year, even before recent fee increases….

• Granite Springs Water – Pump is fixed. There is water flowing at Granite Springs.
• 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 – Gorgeous!! Flowers blooming, baby turkeys, streams still running.
• Clean up trash - Take a few moments to clean up trash left by less considerate folks. Please do not empty your horse trailer manure; load any piles back into your trailer.

Announcements
• Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs – Wednesday, June 17, Oakzanita Ranch, Descanso. Contact Peggy Martin peggy150@gmail.com 619-445-1289.
• RTA “Spurs, Spokes and Sneakers Fundraiser,” — Saturday, June 27th.. Horse camping available, Happy Ysabel Ranch — Contact Teri Kerns 619.925.5008.
• 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

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.

Update for April 2009

April 28th, 2009

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association

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 May 7, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Save Los Caballos: A step closer to trial on CEA’s legal petition to prevent State Parks from destroying the historic Los Caballos Horse Camp by skirting the CEQA process.
At the April court date a continuance was obtained in order for State Parks to make a proposal. Another court date is May 14 to set trial if a settlement has not been reached. CEA is fully prepared for trial. Would you please send a tax deductible donation to support this legal action? Cory 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 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. CEA is also seeking to partner with other trail advocates, corporations, access organizations, seek grants, and others. If you have suggestions or contacts that we may pursue, please contact Ernie Smith, ernestoz@yahoo.com or 619-445-8313.

Park News
* Earth Day April 25 – PVMR fed volunteers in the park who worked on trails, cleaned up the campground, and planted trees.
* Granite Springs Water – There is water flowing at Granite Springs!!
* 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 – Gorgeous!! Grass growing, streams flowing, flowers blooming. 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. Please do not empty your horse trailer manure; load any piles back into your trailer.

Announcements
* BCHC Los Vaqueros camp and trail work May 7-10 – contact Cheryl Wegner CherylWegner@bchcsd.com

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. 

Update for March 2009

March 7th, 2009

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association

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 April 2, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA is a 501c3!!
CEA is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 organization. All donations are deductible, including those previously made to CEA in 2008 and 2009.

Save Los Caballos: A step closer to trial on CEA’s legal petition to prevent State Parks from destroying the historic Los Caballos Horse Camp by skirting the CEQA process.
Cory Briggs, our attorney has a court date in early April during which a trial date will be set. CEA is fully prepared for trial. Would you please send a tax deductible donation to support this legal action? Cory 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 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. CEA is also seeking to partner with other trail advocates, corporations, access organizations, seek grants, and others. If you have suggestions or contacts that we may pursue, please contact Ernie Smith, ernestoz@yahoo.com or 619-445-8313.

Park News
* Green Valley Clean Up March 14 & 15 and March 28 & 29.
* Earth Day April 25 – PVMR will be feeding volunteers in the park. Put it on your calendar. More info in next update.
* Granite Springs Water – The repair of the pump is planned for early March.
* 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 – Gorgeous!! Grass growing, streams flowing, flowers coming. 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. Please do not empty your horse trailer manure; load any piles back into your trailer.

Announcements
A couple of openings: 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 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. 

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association Update for February 2009

February 16th, 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.

Update for January 2009

January 19th, 2009

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association
Update for January 2009

Meeting day and location: CEA meeting will be returning to the first Thursday in February 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 February 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 proceeding to destroy the historic Los Caballos by skirting the CEQA process.
The first settlement meeting in December between CEA and State Parks was productive enough to plan another settlement meeting which has not yet been scheduled. The holidays have delayed the process. The lawsuit continues to proceed. The lawyers are taking the next step in preparing for trial.

CEA Board Officers
Ernie Smith – Chairperson Bernie Martin – Vice Chairperson Linda Eskin – Secretary
Cindy McKievick – Treasurer Peggy Martin – Immediate Past President
Vickie Cottle and Nola Michel – Directors at Large

Park News
• Trail Machine – As a follow up to a Descanso Planning meeting at which District Superintendent Mike Wells spoke, CEA wrote a letter to him inquiring as to the reasons volunteers aren’t being allowed to use the trail machine that was purchased with volunteer donations and used by trained volunteers without incident.
• Los Caballos Trail – Tied (so far) to the “clean up Los Caballos” project…
• Granite Springs Water – Progress in repairing the pump is on the horizon. Yeah!
• 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. The road to the camp is well maintained as well as the camp and trails. “Everyone should make a point to visit soon and take advantage of the jewel of the desert!” Some of the flowers have started to bloom early, lots of water and Dick is a fabulous Camp Host. Thanks to “anonymous camper” for the report.

Federal 501c3 status pending with more information requested by IRS. Board has provided 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.

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.

Upgrading the CEA Web Site

November 30th, 2008

We are in the process of upgrading the CEA Web site, and cleaning up the formatting of some posts. All content should continue to be available. Please pardon our dust.

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association Update for November 2008

November 9th, 2008

Meeting day and location
Since the first Thursday falls on New Years Day, CEA meeting will be on the second Thursday in January 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 January 8, 2009. No general meeting in December. 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 proceeding to destroy the historic Los Caballos by skirting the CEQA process.

Oral histories, photos needed now - especially of day use area and restroom, the core of the historic camp. Video or written accounts of Los Caballos are urgently needed to document the historical significance of Los Caballos and the California Riding and Hiking Trail. If you know anyone who can help, please have them contact Peggy Martin peggy@oakzanitaranch.com 619-445-1289.

Monitor Los Caballos - State Parks has been known to act deceitfully in the past when they removed the wild horses from Anza Borrego on a weekend when Backcountry Horseman were away at their Rendezvous. Whenever you are in the park, please go by/ride by to look at Los Caballos. If you see any activity in the camp, please report immediately to Peggy or Bernie Martin 619-445-1289, Ernie Smith 619-445-8313, or Vickie Cottle 619-659-0193.

CEA Board election
Vickie Cottle, Linda Eskin, Peggy Martin, and Nola Michel were elected unanimously to the 2009 CEA Board. Officers will be selected by the board and installed at the January 8 meeting.

501.c.3 status
501.c.3 status is pending with more information requested by IRS. Board is providing requested documents. Donations will be tax deductible once 501.c.3 status is obtained.

Park News
Los Caballos Trail - Tied to the clean up Los Caballos project.
Granite Springs Water - Pump still not working. Water available at Dyar Springs.
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
Some areas have trees down from recent winds. Plan your ride to allow time to backtrack if necessary.

Announcements
Disaster Preparedness for Horse Owners - The county reaffirmed that, once you leave a mandatory evacuation area, you will not be allowed back. It is suggested that each community work on a plan to assist each other.

National Forest Service is implementing plans which will severely limit parking for rigs and dispersed camping.

How to Support CEA
Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
Come to our meetings!
Donate funds to further CEA’s work. Donations are tax deductible.
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.

Los Caballos “Cleanup” AKA Destruction

November 1st, 2008

The Los Caballos “cleanup” project is starting.  CEA has taken legal action to stop the project described in California State Parks PEF. The document is very large, but has some great photos from the 1950’s! The area has been in use by equestrians since the early 1940’s when a water line was brought in for equestrian use.

Historic Aerial Photos

October 13th, 2008


Los Caballos area 1949 - See the trout pond near Milk Ranch Road and Hwy 79

Los Caballos area 1949 - Pre Trout pond

Los Caballos area 1928 - Los Caballos area is located in the upper left portion of the picture


Update for October 2008

October 3rd, 2008


Cuyamaca Equestrian Association

Update for October 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 November 6, 2008. Questions or directions:  Linda Eskin  619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

 

Save Los Caballos: Oral histories, photos needed now

Video or written accounts of the early days of Los Caballos are urgently needed to document the historical significance of Los Caballos and the California Riding and Hiking Trail. If you know anyone who can help, please have them contact Cindy McKievick at mckww@cox.net 619-390-9553.

 

CEA Board positions – call for candidate’s statements

Please consider getting involved with CEA.  Four CEA board positions are open. Voting will take place at the November 6 meeting. Board positions start in January 2009. Officers are elected by the board. Candidate’s statements may be sent to Linda Eskin 619- 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com by October 26. Look for candidate’s statements October 27.

 

Park News

  • Los Caballos Trail –  Reviews continue….
  • Equestrian Staging Areas
    • Hual Cu Cuish -  Equestrian staging area just off Milk Ranch Rd near Cuyamaca Lake, Azalea and Middle Peak.  Reminder: pick up all manure and trash. Practice “Leave No Trace”.
    • Merigan Staging Project –  CEA is giving input to the design concepts for an improve expanded staging area. Parking lot gravel was spread by an equestrian volunteer so that children and cars will no longer be swallowed up.
  • Granite Springs Water –  Pump not working. Water available at Dyar Springs.
  • Cuyamaca 75th Anniversary celebration – October 11, 10:00 – 4:00, School Camp. Vendors, presentations, food. CEA will have a booth. www.cuyamaca.us
  • Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need you help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. Cool weather coming!  Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org 

 

Fages Ride –  Great time!

44 folks of all ages from all over southern California enjoyed a beautiful weekend camping and riding in Cuyamaca. Many were here for the first time. Saddle maker, historian, and film maker Garry McClintock informed and entertained us with stories of Pedro Fages and the people and times of the Spanish colonization.

 

Announcements –

How to Support CEA

  • Donate funds to further CEA’s work. Donations are tax deductible.                              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.