CEA Gives Back

The CEA has donated nearly $2,500 over the last 18 months to worthy causes and other non-profit organizations:


  • Handi Riders - $339.00 (2011 and 2013)
  • Horse Rescue Humane Society - $250.00 (2011)
  • No. Valley Community Foundation (Save Bidwell Mansion) - $250.00 (2012)
  • Cal Norte AHA (sponsored two horse show classes) $40.00 – (2012)
  • Sacramento Horseman’s Association  - $250.00 (2013)
  • 3 Scholarships given to Chico Area High School Students who are pursuing Ag or Equine Studies. Scholarship is for $350 each. Total of $1,050 - (2013) 


On behalf of Chico Equestrian Association, we would like to extend our congratulations to the following recipients of our scholarships for 2013:
  • Courtney Wood,      Chico High School
  • Anthony Sanfilippo  Core Butte Charter School
  • Kaydi Lewis,           Core Butte Charter School
It was a pleasure interviewing these candidates and not an easy task to have to decide on the recipients.  All of the candidates were very well qualified and have great records in school and in their extra curricular activities such as 4-H, FFA, &/or sports and other community related activities.  These 3 excelled in all aspects.
Good Job and Good luck.


Your membership dues and participation in the events that CEA sponsors not only helps maintain our facility but also insures that horses remain in Bidwell Park and helps to support other worthy causes.



Equestrian News

The 10 year contract with Amanda at Stewart's Ranch and Horse Camp ends in March 2018. The Park Service can decide to extend this contract for a year up to 5 times. A Prospectives Package is currently being developed that will look into the value of the current use of the property, whether or not the Park Service wants to continue to allow the concession. They would set up a bid for the concession if they choose to proceed.
There is concern that that the NPS Commercial Services in Colorado has decided that Stewart Ranch does not raise enough money to justify improvements or maintenance, and they want to close it down or convert it to a regular campground.  (It might be a good idea to remind everyone concerned that equestrian organizations are good stewards and are willing to volunteer their services in making improvements and doing maintenance)
Cicely Muldoon, the current Superintendent of the Park, may have some authority over this. It's time to call or write Ms. Muldoon to let her know that we value the concession and wish for them to make a case to keep it.   However, Amanda of Stewart Ranch suggests that it is even more important to contact the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke.
You should contact ALL the people below if you want to have a real impact. Email is OK, but written letters and especially phone calls are especially effective.  Also, remember to state your case in the opening paragraph and keep your correspondence brief.
Cicely Muldoon, General Superintendent
Carey Feierabend, Deputy Superintendent
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service)
Building 201, Fort Mason
Sue Masica, Regional Director
National Park Service
Michael T. Reynolds, Acting Director
National Park Service
Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
Please forward to everyone who cares about camping and riding in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore.