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Camp Lockett Event & Equestrian Facility


 

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Rambling Roses Drill Team performs during an event at CLEEF

What is CLEEF?

Camp Lockett Event and Equestrian Facility (CLEEF) is located on 82 acres of property leased from the County of San Diego, in the mountainous area of southeast San Diego County. Camp Lockett was designated a California Historic Site in 2009 and was the home of the 10th, 11th and 28th Cavalry during World War II. These Cavalry Units included the famous "Buffalo Soldiers" and the 10th & 28th Cavalry were comprised entirely of African American soldiers. The Buffalo Soldiers were charged with protecting and defending the southern border of the United States.
Establishing an Equestrian Facility on the Camp Lockett grounds was long envisioned by the County of San Diego, but funding constraints overcame that ambition. CLEEF, a 501 (c) 3 corporation was formed by local citizens specifically to accomplish the goal of establishing and operating a unique Equestrian Facility on this historically significant and beautiful site.
In 2011, CLEEF successfully entered into a long-term lease with the County of San Diego to develop and operate the Camp Lockett Event and Equestrian Facility. The impact of this facility, when operational, will be to provide a quality destination for equestrian enthusiasts from throughout the southwest region of San Diego County. Our plans include a re-creation of the Buffalo Soldier equestrian obstacle course, a "mini-museum" and artifacts dedicated to the Buffalo Soldiers, and various arenas for equestrian events. Additionally, we intend to offer limited horse camping availability. The Camp Lockett property is located approximately 1/4 mile from the trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail and would serve as an ideal location for travelers embarking on the famous 2200 mile trek. The Pacific Crest Trail is reserved for hikers and mounted riders and stretches from the U.S. Mexico border to the U.S. Canada border.
Our future plans also include equestrian educational programs for disadvantaged children from throughout the southwest region. Our intent is to schedule events and activities that provide recreational opportunities for our local residents, and draw visitors to our area to support our local historic sites and businesses.
This project will fill a significant void within the County of San Diego for a quality equestrian destination. It will preserve the history of the Buffalo Soldiers, and provide a wonderful equestrian experience for riders of all ages. CLEEF will provide a "look back" at the rich history of the area, and bring awareness of the contribution that Camp Lockett and the Buffalo Soldiers provided during their tenure at this site. Additionally, all revenue generated above operating expenses will be returned to the community through High School Scholarships, financial support to local non-profits, and similar activities.

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