About Us






Instructors and Staff
Mickey Hayden, Show Jumping Horse Trainer, Orange County, Southern California, Laguna

Mickey Hayden~Head Trainer

Email: mickey@mickeyhayden.com


Mickey Hayden has been training top hunter, jumper, and equitation horses and riders since 1979.  He has operated out of such prestigious California locations as the Will Rogers Polo and Hunt Club and the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.  Mickey is now at the Nellie Gail Equestrian Center in Laguna Hills, California where he has been since 1992. 


Mickey has produced countless American Horse Show Association (AHSA), Pacific Coast Horse Show Association (PCHSA), and International Equestrian Federation (FEI) champion horses and riders.  His students and their horses are inevitably at the top of their respective horsemanship divisions.


Mickey is a captivating instructor who often draws an audience at the barn. Even the most novice spectator can see the progress a student or a horse makes during a training session. Mickey can get to the route of a problem, and solve it.


Mickey is known for his ability to select quality horses both for their physical and mental capabilities. He also has a great way of matching horses and riders for the best performance possible.


Mickey has a strong sense of right and wrong, both with people and horses. He has a reputation within the industry for being very ethical and draws like people to work with him. He runs a very organized, safe, and well-oiled operation along with his dedicated and responsible staff. Over the years, this has earned him the loyalty of his many clients.

Lane Clarke, Show Jumping Horse Trainer and Instructor Orange County Souther California

Lane Clarke~Grand Prix Rider and Trainer

Email: lane@mickeyhayden.com


Lane Clarke is a professional equestrian show jumper and trainer. In 2003, he won his first Grand Prix at the age of seventeen winning the $25,000 Regency Grand Prix at Rancho Mirage.  In 2004, he was named the Pacific Coast Horse Show Association Grand Prix Rookie of the Year.


Lane has competed at various levels throughout the West Coast and Canada. He has won and placed in numerous Grand Prix in venues including Sacramento, Del Mar, Pebble Beach, Flintridge, Thermal, Indio, Las Vegas, and Rancho Mission Viejo (Oaks) in San Juan Capistrano. Before turning pro, this fifth-generation horseman was the 2000 U.S. leading pony jumper on Kangarooster and winner of the 2003 $10,000 Nutrena Junior Jumper final. Clarke has been training with Mickey Hayden for the last twelve years. We are lucky to have a rider of this caliber teaching our clients and schooling our horses on a daily basis.


Click to See Lane's Recent Accomplishments


Click to Read In-Depth Article About Lane in Chronicle of the Horse


April Branson, Horse Trainer and Instructor, Orange County, Laguna California

April Branson~Rider/Instructor

Email: april@mickeyhayden.com


April Branson is a professional equestrian show jumper and instructor.  April started riding with Mickey Hayden when she was seven years old and has been with him ever since.  She has been teaching Hayden clients and riding school students for the past eight years.  She also assists students at "A" shows, county level shows, and Interscholastic Equestrian League (IEL) shows.  When riding client horses in schooling classes, April demonstrates her high level of excellence and consistency by often taking all or most of the top ribbons.


April has multiple wins and championships in the children’s division with her horse Canadian Snow.  She has many wins and championships as a junior as well as a professional.  April competed in her first Grand Prix in February 2008.  In 2008, she placed first in the $500 Grand Prix in August and the $1,500 Seven- to Eight-Year Old Jumper Classic in June, both at the Oaks in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Doris Bryant~Office Manager

Email: doris@mickeyhayden.com


Doris Bryant started riding with Mickey Hayden in 1980 with her two horses Kaiko and Wallstreet. She rode hunters and ultimately won numerous hunter championships including 1981 CPHA Hunt Seat Champion. Doris was away from riding for over twenty years working, getting married, and having a family.


Now she is back with Mickey as barn manager of Hayden Show Jumping. In this capacity, Doris is the main contact among clients and service providers. Doris is organized, energetic, and knowledgeable. She is a real asset making sure our horses are well cared for and the barn runs smoothly.

Genaro Acosta~Head Groom


Genaro Acosta has been with Hayden Show Jumping for over ten years. He has a wonderful way with horses and is very professional and organized. He is both an asset to the barn and to the clients he serves.


In addition to his responsibilities as head groom, Genaro designs, builds and repairs jumps, many of which can be found in our arenas. Genaro also repairs tack and other horse related items.

Pepe Ortiz~Head Show Groom


Pepe Ortiz has been with Hayden Show Jumping for five years as head show groom. Pepe is responsible for bringing our horses and equipment to and from shows, maintaining the daily show schedule, and keeping our horses looking and feeling good during hectic shows.


In addition to being responsive and organized, Pepe has demonstrated his grooming and handling abilities by placing in a number of grooming competitions. We are lucky to have him as part of our show team.