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John Lyons coming to OPA Mara Brandman Arena

Please join us in welcoming John Lyons to the Mara Brandman arena on February 6th, 2017 (1pm-4pm).  The cost is $45 per person to attend.  John will be demonstrating with his own horses.

To Register-

The website for more information ––jody


Thank You to all those who purchased Christmas Trees at the OPA- Arena last year. FROSTY’S TREES are back and looking forward to helping you get that special tree for your family !!!    If you know of anyone who has not yet purchased a Christmas tree, these are very special.  They have many sizes to choose from.  If you want an extra large tree, stop by and they can provide one to suit you. Please help us spread this news. For further information, call: Lois Widly 714-943-0836

“Frosty’s Trees” last year , donated and delivered 2 trees to the Salem Church Boutique and a tree to “The Beverly House(assisting homeless, young, women in Orange.)


Sad News in OPA

Michelle PW

Michelle Pettit-Williams, longtime active OPA community resident went to heaven after a courageous battle with cancer.
Sept. 7, 1953 – March 7, 2016.   Wife of Bruce Williams, Mother of Edward and Judy Williams, Carrie and Andrew Lambert.  Grandmother of Jacob and Brett and Aaron.

A celebration of her life service will be held Saturday March 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 6411 E Frank Lane, Orange, CA  92869.

A reception immediately following the service will be held at the Johnson Residence, 7117 East Clydsdale Ave., Orange, CA  92869.

OPA-ETC, Board, management organization wishes to acknowledge their appreciation of the many hours spent by Michelle working with Lynn Canton to set up the original working Board with its Non-Profit status including a great deal of time as our Executive Secretary and Treasurer.  Michelle also gave a great deal of time and effort setting up of the beginning Cow Sorting at the arena.  She also spent many hours as announcer at Cow Sorting.   There is a plaque at the arena which includes acknowledgement of her along with all of the original Board members.   Michelle, having owned and operated her own business, was an accomplished businesswoman and community leader and will be missed in OPA. We will continue to keep Bruce and her other family members in our prayers.  We hope many of you who knew Michelle will honor her and support her family by attending the above Memorial on March 19.

Thank You


We are very sad to inform you of the sudden death of Rick Flathers. Rick  was out riding his horse on Rattlesnake trail Monday afternoon, March 7th and may have suffered a  possible heart attack. We send our deepest sympathy to his wife Nancy, his brother Tim and the entire Flathers family.  His service is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th, 10am at the Sandford Meadow.

Friday Night Cow Sorting Practice and Shoot Out

Cattle Sorting Friday, July 31st!

New Flag Flying for 4th of July

We can be very proud to be able to have this beautiful flag to share with our community.
And not to forget, the pole gifted to us by David Mains.

Appreciation to Boy Scout Troop 525!

Hard working Boy Scout Troop 525 steps in to clean up weeds and trash at the arena. We continue to be so grateful for all the work Troop 525 does to help support the community!  Thank you!!!!

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Gymkhana Show – May 23rd


Thanks to everyone that came out and participated and supported the Gymkhana show on May 23rd. Great riding!! Richard Johnston(left) and Mike Metzler(right).

Thank you Boy Scout Troop 525!


Boy Scouts from Troop 525 serving refreshments for WOW show. We really appreciate all the work they do to support our shows at the Mara Brandman Arena.

Community Thank you!

Photo of Bryon Meyer and some of his staff from “Land Mechanics” who
graciously trimmed all 49 pepper trees at the Arena.  We are fortunate and truly appreciate his generosity and hope that when someone needs any kind of Landscaping and design, that they will think of Bryon and call “Land Mechanics”  at 714-393-1802 tell him you heard about his company on the OPA-ETC website.



Annual Report to Orange City Council

OPA-ETC City Council Presentation

June 24th, 2013

Alice Sorenson, OPA-ETC Board Member and new Chair, presented a Report to the City Council as an Informational Item on their regular Board Agenda.  Accomplishments for 2012 were highlighted and included the re-building of the Mara Brandman Arena, our first season of Horse Shows and Gymkhanas, and the addition of a new equestrian event for OPA – Arena Cattle Sorting!  Expanded programs for the 2013 Season were outlined.  The Report also described the addition of Night Lighting in April 2013 thanks to a generous donation from the Frank Sanchez Family in Silverado in honor of their mother, Ana.