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About OREA

We are a fun group of friends and families who love horses and enjoy trail riding.

Who We Are

The Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Association (OREA) was formed in 1998 to help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) create a place where horse riders can come to camp, enjoy nature and ride the beautiful trails of Hadley Hills.

Our Vision:

To be the best equestrian campground and riding area in the eyes of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and our peers.

Our Mission:

To work in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, other equestrian associations and our fellow horseback riders to improve and promote the campground and trail system in the Ortonville Recreation Area.

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Our Team

OREA is run by an enthusiastic group of leaders and volunteers who strive to create wonderful experiences for you, your horse and our wonderful community.

OREA President
Dawn Cope

OREA Vice President
Vera Kraft

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OREA Secretary
Robin Bobek

OREA Treasurer
Steve Keim

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Board Members

Ang Sherman
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Lise Mouthaan
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Scott Cope
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Special Thanks to Board Members Who Left Us This Past Year

In 2023 we said goodbye to Val Pfeiffer, our original OREA Treasurer who helped guide OREA for close to 25 years. 

We followed that a couple of months later when Tracie Krings, who replaced Val as Treasurer after serving as Vice President. chose to move on to other endeavors.

We then started 2024 with long-time Board Member Tamra Hartwig deciding it was time to move on from the Board.

All three are continuing to be active contributing members of OREA. We will miss their leadership on the Board and words cannot convey the appreciation we at OREA have for their contributions to get OREA to where it is today. If you talk to them, please relate your appreciation for their dedication and service!

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About the Park

For generations, the Hadley Hills  have been a source of wonderment to the many who have partaken of their beauty.  One of these glacial hills, probably the steepest and the highest, is appropriately known as "The Pinnacle." It sits in the middle of a heavily wooded area at the heart of the equestrian area and nearly one half mile from a mere trail once named Jasmond Road.

 

Atop the goliath hill are the remnants of an old stone foundation.  Once part of a large estate owned by William Neer, former president of the historic Detroit Stock Exchange and owner of the celebrated Tam O'Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield, a unique building sat upon that foundation. Erected in 1926 by Edwin Seelbinder, caretaker of the property, the six sided lookout building was an attraction for Neer's guests. Only twenty-four feet in diameter, it featured a native stone fireplace sixteen feet tall and was illuminated at night by kerosene lamps on each of the windowed exterior walls. Model T trucks and horses pulling stoneboats hauled the stone, logs and timber up the hill during its construction.

 

During World War II, the area was rumored to be a Nazi spy camp.  This, and other rumors of a similar nature, arose as a result of the many Germans who had settled in the Hadley Hills area.  Of course, the rumors were false.

 

In 1946, Neer sold his Hadley Hills property to the State of Michigan and in 1949 the lookout was destroyed by fire.  The few other buildings on the estate met similar fates in later years.  None remain today, although a stone stairway and partial foundations may still be seen along the trails.

Join the OREA Family TODAY!

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Personal

Membership

Best for individual riders

$20/year

Renews Automatically Annually

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Family

Membership

Best for couples & families

$30/year 

Renews Automatically Annually

Our Memberships through the Website are by Credit Card and renew each year automagically. You will receive an email when renewal time is coming up and you will have the chance to cancel if you do not wish to continue your contribution. If you do nothing, your membership will be renewed on your credit card on file.

When you click to become an OREA Member, you are also agreeing to the OREA Liability Waiver.

WARNING: Membership through the interface on this site works as a subscription. If you already have entered a membership via credit card on the website, you already have a Membership Subscription. If you pay for membership via the website a second time, you will start a SECOND Membership Subscription. If you have questions about your membership, send an email to OREA.Treasurer@gmail.com.

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If you enjoy the old-fashioned method of joining, you can download a membership application and mail it in!

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