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.



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.


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.

Photo by Stephen Francis Photography

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!

Photo by Stephen Francis Photography

Photos copyright Stephen Francis Photography