- Instructors and Staff
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Mickey Hayden~Head Trainer
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~Nationally Ranked Grand Prix Rider and Trainer
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 Pebble Beach, Indio and the Oaks in San Juan Capistrano. Most recently, Lane won the 2008 $10,000 Del Mar Night of the Horse High Jump Competition clearing seven feet riding Kiss the Sky. In 2009, he finished 10th among West Coast riders in the FEI World Cup standings. 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 eight years.
We are lucky to have a rider of this caliber teaching our clients and schooling our horses on a daily basis.
Katie King is a professional equestrian show jumper and instructor. She is responsible for the daily operations and scheduling of the Riding School and is the primary instructor bringing clients to county level shows.
At age twelve, she rode at the county level and helped her trainer start, train, and sell young ponies. At age 14, Katie started riding with national medal rider, Dick Widger, and competing at A Circuit shows. Katie attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and graduated with a BS in Animal Science. While at SLO, she rode for an eventing barn where she trained young warmbloods. She also worked as a vet tech for an equine vet clinic.
With the highest recommendations from past trainers, Katie joined the Hayden organization in 2009.
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.
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.