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    Default OC Trainers, CA

    Thoughts on trainers in S. Orange County, CA, who have excellent reputations for being straight up and are great with amateurs...not seeking biggest A show barn due to realities of economy. I'm an adult lady. Thanks for all input here.



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    Mickey Hayden comes to mind. Michelle Parker is excellent if you don't mind driving to N. San Diego county.



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    I rode with Mickey Hayden for quite a few of my junior years. He is great with Ammy's, and has a thriving, successful show barn. There are a ton of trainers in the San Juan Capistrano area, and more if you head a few miles north. Tracy Baer is at my barn in Huntington Beach and has a very nice, very successful program, and lots of ammy riders.

    PM me if you want more details.
    Proudly Owned By Sierra, 2003 APHA Mare
    In Loving Memory of Tally, April 15, 1983 - June 2, 2010



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    Thanks for this help...I'd love a suggestion about a great one a bit closer by, in SJC for example...



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    Mickey Hayden is very close to SJC in Nellie Gail, about a 5 or 10 minute drive. In SJC perhaps the Berney's at Sycamore, or I know a few people who ride at Equites with Ginnie Bryant next to Sycamore.
    Proudly Owned By Sierra, 2003 APHA Mare
    In Loving Memory of Tally, April 15, 1983 - June 2, 2010



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    Mary Morrison at Ivy Gate Farm in SJC would be my recommendation. She is fantastic and has a great assistant too. The barn is friendly, with a good mix of amateurs and juniors.



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    Do you ride hunters or jumpers?

    There is no one out there better than Mickey. He is fabulous and I recommend him and his barn over anyone else. His focus is on the jumpers, though.



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    Jumpers, albeit carefully after breaking an L1 recently off a sale horse.

    Thanks for the recs!



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    Quote Originally Posted by dmj View Post
    Do you ride hunters or jumpers?

    There is no one out there better than Mickey. He is fabulous and I recommend him and his barn over anyone else. His focus is on the jumpers, though.
    Ditto, especially if your focus is on the jumpers. An added bonus is the barn that he is at is small, and has a very private feeling. I grew up there and miss it, but am much closer to where I board now in HB.
    Proudly Owned By Sierra, 2003 APHA Mare
    In Loving Memory of Tally, April 15, 1983 - June 2, 2010



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    feel better! and definitely give Mickey a call!

    Mypaintwattie, I wonder if I know you?



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    Default Edgar Paigan

    Edgar is really great with adults. Very ethical and a great person! 714-398-1295



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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    Edgar is really great with adults. Very ethical and a great person! 714-398-1295
    Agreed! I hadn't said anything to this point because he is one of us amateur's best kept secrets. He's located at Coto.



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