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

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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!

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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.

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The Day of the Dog and the Veteran Event Benefits Two Causes

The Day of the Dog and the Veteran is a charitable event with proceeds benefiting Mara Brandman Horse Arena and Wounded Warrior/Semper Fi Foundation, both 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

The event is being produced by volunteers dedicated to raise funds for the two causes. The Semper Fi Fund helps Wounded Warriors deal with civilian life and their disabilities. They teamed up with Tom Tackett of Tackett Service Dogs to put on a great show of what these Service Dogs can do, how they are trained, and how important this part of the dog world is to our society. They are also deeply committed to the prosperity and the longevity of the Mara Brandman Horse Arena.

In addition to all the things listed on the flyer, there will be live blue grass music, catering by Tulsa Rib Company, and the Fire Department will be there for photos for the kids. There truly will be something for everyone.

Attendees over 60 who need special attention can expect valet car parking, water and shaded seating.

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Classic Car and Bike Show

The Classic Car and Bike Show and Auction is a second exciting component of this fun event.

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Click here to download the application.

Way Out Western Horse Show

Photo by Stephen Francis PhotographjyWay Out Western Horse Shows put on the first of a 4 show season on March 16th at the Mara Brandman Arenas in Orange Park Acres. By all accounts it was a WOW success! With 31 different classes spread in seven divisions, there is something for everyone. In keeping with the AQHA rules there is a ranch pleasure class which has no apparel requirements. You can ride in off the community trails, into the Ranch Pleasure class and head off again towards home with minimal fuss. Ranch pleasure is a simple pattern with one or two obstacles to show the agility and team work of horse and rider. It is becoming a very popular class in the AQHA circuit because of its simplicity and the fun element. It is a whole lot of fun.

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We want to take time to thank the trainers who came to participate with their students as well as the three Orange County trainers who are producing the WOW shows, Debbie McEwen of Peacock Hills, Leslie Thomson and Brianna Leahy of Serrano Creek Stables. Don Lehman was the trail course designer who constructed some very challenging courses for the riders. Alexa’s Catering was our food for the day. She has been serving the horse show crowd for more than 25 years and certainly knows what makes our tummies happy. Stephen Francis Photography was onsite to shoot pictures of all the riders and horses. Those shots are available for purchase. Finally, to all the volunteers who helped make this happen, thank you; and please come back to help at the June 15th show!

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Photos copyright Stephen Francis Photography

Cowboy Easter at Sunrise

Cowboy Easter at Sunrise, Easter Sunday, April 20th

Be sure to join us for this OPA tradition

Hear our own Larry Day and others

 

Come on horseback, on foot or other mode of transport.
Lots of parking for trailer rigs, trucks and autos.

 

Cowboy Easter at Sunrise

 

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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.