Boring duo ready to bring back 'The Hood'
If you've driven down Lariat Road in Boring recently you may have noticed some changes to the long-beloved Mt. Hood Equestrian Center.
After four years under renovation and then under operation as a marijuana grow facility, the property at 29450 S.E. Lariat Road has been sold. Californian businessman Dean Najdawi bought the property from former owner Todd Siverston earlier this month.
Neighbor Norman Rice launched a lawsuit against Siverston when he owned the property, accusing him and more than 40 other parties of racketeering. Rice has yet to drop the lawsuit now that the land is no longer in use for marijuana production and under new ownership.
Like Siverston, Najdawi has expressed hopes of returning the center to the community as an arena and event center. In order to do so, he plans to lease the property to Boring residents Samantha MacDonald and Valerie Teeters, who also bid on the property.
Najdawi was unavailable to comment at time of The Post's publication.
The lease will be for 10 years, and the duo hare already received dozens of in-kind donations of materials to renovate the space and of volunteer labor.
MacDonald and Teeters have applied to create a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization called Arrows of Hope through which to operate the center. Their application is now pending, and the women can accept donations for their efforts.
"There have been few roadblocks," Teeters noted.
"Purchasing property — there's always ups and downs to that," MacDonald added. "We've been blessed Dean's come along and removed a lot of those roadblocks. Now we're game on."
They hope to host an open house near the end of the summer and a rough stock rodeo in November.
This isn't MacDonald's and Teeters' first rodeo. MacDonald grew up right down the road from the equestrian center and has always loved horses. Teeters' children had a similar upbringing, and now she hopes to create that again for her grandchildren.
However, creating a 501(c)3 and renovating an equestrian center, are new experiences for the duo.
On July 21, they hosted a cleanup day at the center, inviting friends and family to help them with some groundskeeping.
"It was good," MacDonald told The Post. "It's great seeing the lights on and life at the center as you drive by (and) seeing the community renew (its) passion for equestrian and recreating their avenue for competition."
A few dozen community members came out to help, including members of the Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4273 who helped install a flag.
Those interested in donating to the cause to renovate the center can visit uk.gofundme.com/the-arrows-of-hope, sending a check to the Arrows of Hope Foundation at P.O. Box 1647, Boring, OR, or by going to any Clackamas County Bank branch and asking to make a donation to the Arrows of Hope Foundation.
For more information, call the foundation at 503-936-8327.