2017 Has Been Quite A Ride For Stephen Hayes

Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Stephen Hayes at Milton House Farm, NY

Stephen Hayes at Milton House Farm, NY (Photo: Amanda Diefenbach Photography)

Stephen Hayes, FEI Dressage rider and trainer born and raised in Liverpool in the UK, has been living and competing in the USA for the last 5 years. In the past 9 months Stephen has ventured out, cutting his own path. He has conducted over 30 clinics through out the east coast, which have all sold out.

Stephen also coached his own team of enthusiastic and ambitious riders (ranging from training level through to Grand Prix) this summer, at around 10 different shows; all of his riders bringing home blues and reds! To top it off, Stephen has also had great success with a range of talented client horses.

Stephen and Student

Stephen wears many hats, from training to coaching and giving clinics. (Photo: Amanda Diefenbach Photography)

Stephen Hayes coaches clinics worldwide. Every six months he coaches back in Europe. Last year he was invited to coach in three different states within Australia, and also taught a 3 day clinic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Stephen was recently been invited to be a clinician at the Equine Affaire in the spring.

“I’m really excited to have been selected as a clinician for the Equine Affaire, some of the biggest equestrian names of the country will be coaching there, and it really is an honor to be part of it.”

Stephen has been trained by some of Europe’s leading Olympic riders, including Beatrice Ferrer Salat. He is now based at Milton House Farm in Warwick, NY, during the summer months. Stephen is excited to announce that this winter he will be situated at Perfect Harmony Dressage in Loxahatchee, FL, where he will have a number of training stalls available.

Stephen. Florida  location

Perfect Harmony Dressage in Loxahatchee Florida (Photo: Amanda Diefenbach Photography)

“This year has been an absolute whirlwind, says Stephen, but a great one! The sheer amount of positivity I’ve felt from fellow equestrian professionals, amateurs, sponsors, barn owners, clinic organizers, farriers, vets, horse owners, and of course my family and friends back in the UK and around the world, has been off the scale. I’ve felt nothing but warmth and love from you all, you’re the reason why this year has been incredible. My horses are feeling great, my riders are coming home in ribbons at every show, it gives me so much life”.

Stephen Hayes is rapidly building a reputation as being a kind, enthusiastic and positive trainer. He’s known for giving his absolute best to his team of horses and riders, and pupils. Pupils refer to his lessons as ‘addictive’. There are nearly 300 five star reviews from riders around the world on his facebook page: Stephen Hayes Dressage. Stephen says:

Stephen working the piaffe in hand with Cecelia Stabile’s Lusitano Stallion, Orgulhoso HI at Milton House Farm (Photo: Amanda Diefenbach Photography)

Stephen working the piaffe in hand with Cecelia Stabile’s Lusitano Stallion, Orgulhoso HI at Milton House Farm (Photo: Amanda Diefenbach Photography)

‘I create the vision in my head of what I believe the horse and rider in front of me is capable of. I do all I to help them achieve that. When they are out there looking amazing, I feel amazing! I alter my teaching methods to suit each individual rider; we all learn differently, we all process things differently. And it’s the same with our horses. I love coaching pro’s, amateurs and everyone in-between, as long as they are enthusiastic, then they’ll get everything I have.”

“A huge amount of support comes from my family and friends. I’m also so grateful to have a fantastic group of sponsors: Trilogy saddles, Enviro Equine, Neue Schule, HorzeHoods, Jin Stirrup, Horse Scout, Everything Horse UK, Amanda Diefenbach Photography and Epoiny. All of them are members of my team. and I’m truly honoured to a part of theirs!”

It’s been one heck of a year for this British Dressage rider, and we are excited to see what the future holds for Stephen Hayes.

For more information about hosting a clinic with Stephen Hayes, or training with him visit his Facebook page ‘Stephen Hayes Dressage’ or website