Hayfield Riding Centre
Aberdeen, Scotland, AB15 8BB
Tel. 00 44 (0) 1224 315703 Fax 00 44 (0) 1224 313834 email info@hayfield.com

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An aerial view of Hayfield Riding Centre An Introduction

Perfectly situated within the beautiful grounds of Hazlehead Park, Hayfield Equestrian Centre provides pleasure riding and tuition for riders of all standards. Hayfield is run as a non-profit making members club and offers a great service at a very reasonable price. The club caters for everyone, with members ranging from young children to Olympic riders and trainers.

Hayfield is approved by both the ABRS and the BHS. Hayfield is one of the best equipped Equestrian Centres in Scotland with two large indoor schools 50x30 and 30x20 metres, gallery and clubroom; extensive cross country course with jumps of all sizes, an attractive show jumping paddock, an outdoor manege, polo pitch, coffee shop, on site tack shop and comfortable accommodation.

Many years of dedicted development has made Hayfield one of Scotland's best riding centres. What is not so obvious is that many of the professional staff and experienced members who run the Club started riding at Hayfield as children, and remember with a smile as they watch todays riders develop. Hayfield is run on a team basis with every new member being encouraged to get involved as much as they would like.

Access by air, rail or road is easy and we are only ten minutes drive from the city centre.

The History of Hayfield

A RIDE IN THE HAYFIELD - In 1958 a little girl just happened to be riding her black and white Shetland pony "Dinky" in a hayfield in the north east of Scotland when a passing tourist stopped her car to ask if her little girl could have a ride on the pony. Who would have imagined that from this one chance happening, Hayfield Riding Centre, now beautifully set in Aberdeen's Hazlehead Park, would develop to become one of Scotland's finest equestrian facilities.

Hayfield was successfully run by Morven Will and her family, with the first indoor riding hall north of Edinburgh being built in 1968. The Crawford family took over in 1970 and with John Crawford driving the progress as managing director, a second riding hall of international size was added in 1983, onsite accommodation for students and riders on riding holidays in 1992 and a new training yard for student instructors and college students in 1998.

Hayfield is the place where riders of all ages can experience the delights and thrills of their very first ride, yet we also offer a world of choice to riders of all standards! Hayfield succeeds because both the management and staff care about the people as well as the horses and ponies.

Nowadays, people who themselves learnt to ride at Hayfield, bring their children and grandchildren to learn about horses and ponies as they themselves did. Over the years, Hayfield riders have used their good training to go on to own their own horses, compete at national level and some to become professionals in their chosen equestrian field.

Hayfield now operates as a non profitmaking members club, but continues to be run by professionals who are careful to look after riders who simply ride for the fun and enjoyment as well as those who ride competitively. From the minute you become a member, it's your Hayfield and whether you are five or fifty five you have a say in its future!

The only thing that we are sure of is that it began quite literally "in a hayfield" some thirty years ago and will continue developing in order to provide for the generations of riders still to come.

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