To address the needs of our beginner and intermediate riders, we maintain the Hayden Riding School with a variety of horses and ponies available for lessons. To meet the needs of our advanced clients, we operate the full-service show barn, Hayden Show Jumping. We train all levels of sport horses and riders up to the highest level of Grand Prix competition.
Mickey Hayden oversees all aspects of the barn including training, care services, shows, lessons, and our levels program. Mickey has been a trainer since 1979 operating out of prestigious California locations such as the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and the Will Rogers Polo and Hunt Club. He has successfully brought his riders to the highest levels of medals, equitation, and show jumping competitions.
Since 1992, Mickey has operated out of the beautiful Nellie Gail Equestrian Center located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. He sums his business up this way: “This is more than a business. It is a place for horsemen and their families to come together, excel, and create a fulfilling lifestyle. While excellence is always sought in the sport, it is the people and the horses that matter. We are fortunate to be surrounded by good people and good staff. They make all the difference in the world.”
Lane Clarke, who has studied under Mickey since 2003, is one of those talented people. He is an accomplished Grand Prix and World Cup ranked rider and a gifted trainer and instructor. We are very lucky to have someone of his caliber riding our horses and working with clients on a daily basis.
Hayden Show Jumping regularly participates in numerous “A” shows and county level shows. We have recently added participation in the Orange County Interscholastic Equestrian League (IEL) at the request of our many middle school and high school riders. In addition, we conduct weekend home shows about three times per year. These provide an introduction to showing for our beginners and are good practice for our more experienced riders. They are both practical and fun and even allow non-riders to participate.
We are fortunate to be located at the beautiful Nellie Gail Equestrian Center in the Nellie Gail Ranch Community near the 73 tollroad and the 5 freeway. This 96-stall facility has two riding and turnout arenas, one dressage arena, a large covered Euro Walker, two bullpens, two sunning pens, and miles and miles of scenic, well-maintained trails. The Nellie Gail Equestrian Center is a truly peaceful country oasis centrally located in otherwise hectic, south Orange County. For a map and directions go to the “Contact Us” section.