MEET THE TEAM

Taylor Made provides a full spectrum of services relating to the Thoroughbred Industry. Whether you are starting out in the Thoroughbred business or already involved, please call Taylor Made for answers to questions, or to utilize our Team Members' expertise. We are a company of industry professionals that have the experience and the market savvy to help you manage all aspects of your equine needs and provide great care for your equine investments.


Board of Directors
Duncan Taylor
President and CEO

Duncan Taylor, as President of the company, ensures that our Mission Statement "Where Our Customers' Success Is Our Primary Focus"is an integral part of the entire team's work ethic and mindset. He also encourages each team member to live by Taylor Made's Core Values:  We are a company grounded in Christian values of honesty, integrity, respect, kindness and a sense of social responsibility.

Duncan serves on the Keeneland's Board of Directors and the Keeneland Executive Board, as well as the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Equine Education Project (K.E.E.P.).  Duncan and his wife of 30 years, Carol, have five children: Marshall, Morgan, Danny, Madeline and Caroline.

Ben Taylor
Vice President of Taylor Made Stallions
Ben has been involved with Taylor Made since its inception and is the Vice President of Taylor Made Stallions, Inc., which currently stands ASTROLOGY, ESKENDEREYA, FORESTRY, GRAYDAR, NORTHERN AFLEET, OLD FASHIONED, and OXBOW. Ben oversees Taylor Made's stallion division, controls the stallions' books and reviews all mares submitted to the TMSI stallions. Ben and TMSI work in conjunction with WinStar in the management of the stallions TIZNOW, and SPEIGHTSTOWN who stand at WinStar Farm. Ben and his wife, Jan, have 3 children: Brooks, Courtney and Clay.
Frank Taylor
Vice President of Boarding Operations
A part of the Taylor Made team since its inception, Frank oversees the total operation of the farm including care of the horses, operation of the Boarding Department, and farm maintenance. He also assists clients on an individual basis advising them in matings and sales and generally providing a plan for improving their bloodstock. In addition he plays an integral part at the public auctions in which Taylor Made participates.
Mark Taylor
Vice President of Marketing and Public Sales Operations
Mark is the youngest of the Taylor brothers. He graduated from Clemson University in 1992. After working for Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally in California as well as Satish Seemar in Dubai, Mark returned to Taylor Made full time in 1994. Mark became Vice President of Public Sales in 2000. Mark married his wife Julia in 1997 and they have been blessed with two boys, Christopher Walker (2000) and Joseph Lannon Taylor II (2003).
Pat Payne
Vice President of Sales
Pat was born in Lexington and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Administration. He has over 30 years of experience in the Thoroughbred industry. In 1994, after 10 years as their Director of Sales, Pat resigned from Gainesway Farm to join Taylor Made as Vice President of Private Sales and Investments. A life-long friend of the Taylor family, Pat became a partner in 2008. He has been married to his wife Peggy for 27 years and they have 4 children.
Account Managers
Jeff Hayslett
Senior Account Manager
Jeff has been with the Taylor Made team since 1990. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky business school. As a Senior Account Manager, Jeff assists our clients with developing, managing, and profiting from their thoroughbred investments. He is actively involved in the evaluation of horses' conformation and offering advice on how to improve them. With this hands-on approach, he advises clients on how to mate and market their bloodstock.
Stuart Angus
Sales Account Manager
Stuart joined Taylor Made in November 2005. He has 30 years of horse experience, including 5 years of management with Due Process Stables in New Jersey; 9 years of management with Ben Walden's Vinery Farm and 5 years managing Payson Stud in Lexington. Stuart attended Sterling College in Vermont; the Kentucky school of horseshoeing in Shelbyville; Equine short course seminars at Colorado State and Cornell and a short course management seminar at Princeton. Stuart's thorough knowledge of all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry, combined with his dedication to achieve customers' goals, makes him a great asset to the team.
Shannon Potter
Sales Account Manager
Shannon Potter is a native of Kentucky and joined the Taylor Made team in 2003 after quickly advancing through the Taylor Made Intern Program. Shannon'€™s experience in the Thoroughbred industry, outstanding client service, passion and integrity has made him an integral part of his clients'€™ equine investments. He has successfully guided his clients through all facets of their bloodstock needs, including purchases, training, breeding and sales. Shannon lives in the Lexington area with his wife, Jessica, and their son, Graham.
Leif Aaron
Stakes Filly Recruiter
Leif rejoined Taylor Made in September of 2009 to lead our Stakes Filly Recruiting Program. His primary role is to track and recruit stakes-caliber racing/broodmare prospects for Taylor Made to sell either privately or at public auction. Leif is a recent graduate of the prestigious Darley Flying Start Program. He is a central Kentucky native who started his career in the Thoroughbred business with Juddmonte Farms and then as the Pedigree Research Director at Taylor Made where he worked for two years. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Agricultural Economics.
Jacob West
Buyer Account Manager
Jacob West joined the Taylor Made team in April of 2009.  Jacob quickly earned his stripes by working his way up the organizational chart from groom, to foreman to eventually Yearling Complex Division Manager. Jacob spent time in Southern California as an intern under Monty Roberts and worked a winter meet for Chad Brown at Palm Meadows Training Center and Gulfstream Park. Jacob now serves as the Buyer Account Manager, traveling to all the sales and servicing the needs of all the buyers. Jacob graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a degree in Economics. 
Hunter Houlihan
Farm Account Manager
Hunter attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington while pursuing a degree in Spanish. He worked five years with Bloodstock Research Information Services in Lexington and worked with trainers at Keeneland and for private breeding farms while going to college. He and his wife, Meredith, live in Lexington and are the proud parents of a daughter, named Kate.
Administration
Duncan Taylor
President and CEO
Duncan Taylor, as President of the company, ensures that our Mission Statement "€œWhere Our Customer€™s' Success Is Our Primary Focus"€ is an integral part of the entire team's work ethic and mindset. He also encourages each team member to live by Taylor Made'€™s Core Values: Honesty, Exceed Customer's Expectations, œGoals Driven, Teamwork. Duncan serves on the Breeder™'s Cup Board of Trustees and Breeder€'™s Cup Board of Directors, Keeneland's Board of Directors and the Keeneland Executive Board. Duncan and his wife of 25 years, Carol, have five children: Marshall, Morgan, Danny, Madeline and Caroline.
Jerry Felix
Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Jerry joined the Taylor Made team in April 2010. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 28 years of financial experience in multiple industries. Jerry has spent the last 15 years in executive level management, most recently serving as the CFO and Chief Operating Officer of SportsMyx Holdings, LLC, a Sports Marketing and Media company. Prior to his tenure at SportsMyx, Jerry served as Chief Financial Officer for Host Communications, Inc., a Lexington KY based company and one of the nation'€™s leading organizations in providing affinity, multimedia, promotional and event management services to universities, athletic conferences, associations and corporations. A native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Jerry holds a BS in Accounting from West Virginia University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Kentucky Chapter of the CPA'€™s, the Financial Executives Institute and the Institute of Management Accountants. Prior to joining Taylor Made, Jerry along with his wife Traci and their two children, Justin and Jacob lived in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Anne Carmichael
Executive Assistant to the President
Anne joined Taylor Made in February 2006 as the Executive Assistant to the President. She has an Associate's Degree from the University of KY, as well as certification in Business Management from Fugazzi Business College. Anne is a member of K.E.E.P. (Kentucky Equine Education Project) and Business and Professional Women of Kentucky.
Cathy Welch
Human Resources Director
Cathy joined the Taylor Made team in 2005 as the Human Resources Director. She is responsible for recruiting and selection, reviewing compensation plans, performance appraisals, training, legal compliance, employee relations and various other Human Resources functions. Cathy's background includes 15 years combined experience in Human Resources working in automotive manufacturing and professional recruiting. She holds a bachelors degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. Cathy lives in Nicholasville with husband Bobby and two children Braydin and Bragdon.
Martin Pierce
General Operations Coordinator
A Team Member since 1985, Martin is responsible for planning and administering Taylor Made's budgets, purchasing, and accounts payable, as well as overseeing four additional Taylor Made departments. He serves on the Financial Committee and the Three-Year Strategic Planning Committee.
Mark Brooking
Research Director
A 29-year Thoroughbred industry veteran, Mark oversees Research for all of Taylor Made's divisions and marketing for Taylor Made Stallions. Research Director for Taylor Made in the early 1990s, Mark has worked with some of the most respected breeding operations in the world. He is the former Director of Research for The Thoroughbred Times and worked for the Daily Racing Form. Prior to rejoining Taylor Made in 2004, Mark owned his own company specializing in catalog and sales research. As a consultant, he has advised on the purchase of or matings for the dams of Breeders' Cup winners Shared Account and Desert Stormer, million dollar earner Morluc, Champion Plenty of Sugar and GSWs Liaison, Golden Itiz, Guided Tour, Sapphire 'n Silk, Abby Girl, Saintly Look, Dontellthekids and Screen Your Friend.
Ryan Mork
Information Technology Director
Ryan joined the Taylor Made team in 2007. He has an MBA degree with IT emphasis and has received many computer industry certifications. Prior to joining Taylor Made, Ryan has held several technology positions and has a rare blend of skills when combined with his marketing, training, and customer service background.
Jimmy Elliott
Facilities Coordinator
Jimmy started working on the farm as a teenager and went to work with thoroughbreds in 1981 for Thomas Collins' On the Rocks Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. During his tenure at On the Rocks Jimmy worked various jobs graduating to the position of Assistant Farm Manager. A Taylor Made employee since 1991, Jimmy is an integral part of the sales team setting up and organizing the equipment and supplies needed to run our teams at the sales. During the breeding season Jimmy works with Barrett Midkiff transporting horses to and from the breeding sheds.
Marsha Miller
Receptionist
Marsha came to Taylor Made in April 2009. She brings with her 30 years of communications experience. She says she wants the first impression of Taylor Made to be a very positive one when she greets guests and visitors or answers the switchboard.
Rachid Rafia
Information Technology Assistant
Rachid joined the Taylor Made team in 2012. He is working on a degree in Network Administration,and hopes to graduate with a Master's in IT Engineering. His soul passion is computers. Before he arrived at Taylor Made he offered his IT talents to local doctors and even his home college. He enjoys every aspect within the computer realm; web design, programming, and troubleshooting hardware and software issues. He also enjoys learning all he can about computers from anyone willing to offer him their knowledge and relishes in sharing his knowledge to those who need it.
Public Sales
Mark Taylor
Vice President of Marketing and Public Sales Operations
Mark is the youngest of the Taylor brothers. He graduated from Clemson University in 1992. After working for Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally in California as well as Satish Seemar in Dubai, Mark returned to Taylor Made full time in 1994. Mark became Vice President of Public Sales in 2000. Mark married his wife Julia in 1997 and they have been blessed with two boys, Christopher Walker (2000) and Joseph Lannon Taylor II (2003).
Connie Bowen
Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Marketing and Public Sales Operations
Connie has been a team member since 1987. She is the administrative assistant for Mark Taylor. At the sales grounds, Connie places reserves and assists clients in communicating with the Taylor Made Team to make sure their sales experience is the best it can be.
Susan Ballard
Public Sales Manager
Susan is Public Sales Manager and has been a team member for over twenty years. She works closely with Mark Taylor and other members of the Public Sales Team to make sure the total sales process goes smoothly.
Terri Feldman
Public Sales Coordinator
Terri has been a Taylor Made team member since 1994. She is Public Sales Coordinator and responsible for entering horses in various sales, collecting paperwork, and making sure all necessary components are in place for Taylor Made to sell your horse.
Cara Caldwell
Videographer and Graphic Designer
Cara joined the Taylor Made team in June of 2008 after earning an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design from Spencerian College. Cara's talents in graphic design and video production are invaluable for both Taylor Made and our clients. Upon request, Cara shoots video footage of horses boarded on the farm which is sent to owners so they can see the progress of their horses. Cara also contributes to the design and production of various marketing materials including print, Internet and other promotional items.
BOARDING
Frank Taylor
Vice President of Boarding Operations
A part of the Taylor Made team since its inception, Frank oversees the total operation of the farm including care of the horses, operation of the Boarding Department, and farm maintenance. He also assists clients on an individual basis advising them in matings and sales and generally providing a plan for improving their bloodstock. In addition he plays an integral part at the public auctions in which Taylor Made participates.
Sue Egan
Boarding Office Manager
A team member since 1992, Sue primarily oversees with the administration of veterinary services done on the farm, including billing and supplies. She schedules the vaccination/deworming program with the farm managers and also communicates to them arriving and departing horse information. During the breeding season she books the mares boarded at Taylor Made Sales, and at the sales she handles the repository.
John Hall
Yearling Manager
John has been with the Taylor Made team since 1996. He is a second generation horseman who brings over 40 years of hands on practical experience to the organization. He has been involved with all aspects of the business from farm ownership, breaking and training, to mare management. His family is active in the thoroughbred business as well. Key responsibilities include over seeing the yearling crop, sales preparation, and personal communication with the clients whose horses are under his care.
Tom Hamm
General Farm Manager
Tom joined Taylor Made in August of 2006. He is a second generation horseman and has over 25 years of experience working with horses. Tom was an Assistant Trainer from 1995-2006. He has extensive experience with breaking and conditioning young horses. Tom's primary duties include managing Taylor Made's consignment and sales force at public auctions. His responsibilities at Taylor Made Farm include managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the farm. Tom is a 1991 graduate of the Western Reserve Institute Police Academy in Northeast Ohio and a former Police Officer. Tom has been married to his wife Amy for 19 years and they have three children: Alyssa, Haylee, and Olivia.
Steve Avery
Broodmare Manager
Steve was born and raised in Antigo, Wisconsin. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater. Before joining the Taylor Made team in 2001, he worked as a golf course construction supervisor in Venezuela. Steve also has a long history of experience working with Thoroughbreds. He began prepping yearlings at Crestwood Farm in 1983 for Pope McClean. He also worked at Gainesway Farm for twelve years with broodmares, breaking and training horses as a Foreman and then Broodmare Manager. At Taylor Made, his focus is on breeding mares, raising foals, and preparing them for the sales. His goal is always to raise the best horses possible.
Bob White
Sectional Manager-Bona Terra A, B and C
Bob started at Taylor Made in December 2006 and brings with him an extensive background that has ranged from broodmare and farm management in Florida and Western Kentucky to a Racing Official at Oaklawn Park, Hialeah Park and Louisiana Downs. A graduate of the University of Arizona Racetrack Management program, Bob is responsible for the overall operation of his division which includes mares, foals, weanlings and yearlings. Bob and his wife Mary have three children: Preston, Alexander and Aubrey
Cesar Terrazas
Division Manager-Eagle Creek and Yearling Complex C
Cesar has been a Taylor Made team member since 1999. Cesar has over 10 years combined experience in working with broodmares, yearlings and stallions. Cesar was promoted to Eagle Creek (Yearling) Division Manager in 2007.
Barrett Midkiff
Van Driver
Barrett has been a Taylor Made team member since 1991. He brought with him many years of experience working with thoroughbred horses. At Calumet Farm, he worked with mares, foals, and yearlings. At Mereworth Farm, he focused on mares. At Crestview and Nursery Place, he did nightwatch and was in charge of foaling mares. Here at Taylor Made, Barrett transports horses to and from breeding appointments and to and from the sales. He is also known for being willing to pitch in and do anything possible to help the team run smoothly.
Dan Kingsland
Nightwatch Manager
Dan has been working for Taylor Made since February 2005 in the Nightwatch Division. Dan brings to the Nightwatch Manager position over 15 years of farm management, night security and sales experience.
Laura Donnell
Photographer
Laura joined the Taylor Made team in 2011 after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor€™s degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Laura'€™s primary duties are taking monthly photos of all horses boarded at Taylor Made for owners. She also takes photos of all the horses at the sales for both sellers and buyers. This ensures that owners are always aware of their horse'€™s development while at Taylor Made. Laura'€™s photos are also used for varies publications and promotions for Taylor Made and our clients.
Jacob Dunlap
Maintenance Manager
Jacob started at Taylor Made in January 2011. Before coming to Taylor Made he worked for a construction company that specialized in farm related construction and maintenance. Jacob oversees all the maintenance issues around the farm as well as pasture management. He is married to Jennifer and they have a daughter, Annabelle.
Marshall Taylor
Division Manager-Yearling Complex A and B
Marshall came back to Taylor Made to work full time on the farm in October 2012. Marshall's past experience includes working with Todd Pletcher Racing Stables at Belmont Park Racetrack; King's Equine as an intern breaking two year olds and bloodstock research; Crossroads Farm & Racing where he worked with mares, foals, yearlings, two year olds and obtained sales experience; and at Shawnee Farm working the foaling season and yearling sales prep season. Marshall also worked on the farm for Taylor Made as a groom from 1999 to 2011. Marshall holds a Bachelors Degree in Racetrack Management and a minor in Business from the University of Arizona.
Alex Payne
Division Manager-Casey and Ivywood
Before coming to work for Taylor Made on the farm full time in 2011, Alex was a seasonal sales team member for Taylor Made from 2009 through January 2011. Prior to Taylor Made, Alex worked for several farms including Domino Stud, Kings Equine, and Brylynn Farm where he earned his experience working sales consignments to prepping horses to even small scale farm management.
Annie Padron
Boarding Assistant I
Annie has been employed by Taylor Made since 2004 working on the farm in numerous capacities. As a Public Sales Assistant Annie reports to the Public Sales Manager and assists in all aspects of that division from helping entering horses to finalizing details on paperwork and logistics of the sales staff. Annie is married to Luis and devotes all her time out of work to her daughter Katherine and son Mathew.
Katie Taylor-Marshall
Boarding Administrative Assistant
A daughter of Frank Taylor, Katie grew up on Taylor Made Farm. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with a concentration on Equine Business from Midway College, Katie began working full-time at Taylor Made in 2011. Her primary responsibilities include assisting the VP of Boarding, as well as the General Farm Manager. She also plays an integral role in client communications, Registrations, Nominations and management of vet reports. Katie has also been an owner/operator of JLT Bloodstock, a surgery technician at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, and Business Administrator for Double Dan Horsemanship. She is married to farrier Mike Marshall and they have a daughter, Mary Emily.
Stallions
Ben Taylor
Vice President of Taylor Made Stallions
Ben has been involved with Taylor Made since its inception and is the Vice President of Taylor Made Stallions, Inc., which currently stands ASTROLOGY, ESKENDEREYA, FORESTRY, GRAYDAR, NORTHERN AFLEET, OLD FASHIONED, and OXBOW. Ben oversees Taylor Made's stallion division, controls the stallions' books and reviews all mares submitted to the TMSI stallions. Ben and TMSI work in conjunction with WinStar in the management of the stallions TIZNOW, and SPEIGHTSTOWN who stand at WinStar Farm. Ben and his wife, Jan, have 3 children: Brooks, Courtney and Clay.
Tina Miller
Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Taylor Made Stallions
A Team Member since 1984, Tina supervises the Stallion Department which includes the issuance of Service Contracts and Service Certificates for the stallions standing at Taylor Made and the booking of mares that are visiting the stallions standing here. She tracks the mares that have been bred and is responsible for billing and the collection of stud fees. Tina assists clients in the submission of mares for possible breedings and the scheduling of stallion shows.
Gilberto Terrazas
Stallion Division Manager
Gilberto joined the Taylor Made Stallion Division in 2007 as the Stallion Manager following six years as the Division Manager for Taylor Made's Yearling Complex. Gilberto supervises our stallion division, which includes the stallions: ASTROLOGY, ESKENDEREYA, FORESTRY, GRAYDAR, NORTHERN AFLEET, OLD FASHIONED, and OXBOW. He supervises all breedings and the general care of the stallions. Gilberto works closely with Tina Miller and Wendy Upton on the booking of mares, corresponding with owners and the scheduling of stallion shows. Gilberto's previous experience included four years of experience at Overbrook Farm with mares and stallions. He also worked for 505 Farms where he prepped for the two-year-old in training sales.
Wendy Upton
Stallion Administrative Assistant
Wendy has an extensive background in the thoroughbred industry at all levels and got her start on the East Coast as an owner/operator of a small hunter boarding, breeding and training stable. She had experience in foaling and lay-ups in Virginia and worked in stallion administration in New York. Prior to coming to Taylor Made she worked for Bloodstock Research in Lexington, Kentucky. Wendy owns a small broodmare band and enjoys breeding Thoroughbreds as well as paint showhorses.
Travis White
Stallion Nominations Manager
Travis joined Taylor Made in November of 2007 as the Stallion Nominations Manager. Travis has 10 years combined experience in sales and management, four years of which have been focused in the thoroughbred horse industry as a Director of Seasons and Shares. Travis also holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Kentucky.
Brooks Taylor
Stallion Sales Assistant
Brooks joined Taylor Made in 2001 in the yearling division on the farm. Since that time, he has worked in France, Argentina, Brazil and Australia learning different aspects of the industry. Brooks works closely with Travis White and Gilberto Terrazas in assisting with client relations and the stallions throughout the year. His primary role is to communicate with clients who wish to breed to Taylor Made's stallions. Brooks lives in Versailles, Kentucky with his wife Kelly, whom he married in 2011.
Private Sales and Investment Services
Pat Payne
Vice President of Sales
Pat was born in Lexington and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Administration. He has over 30 years of experience in the Thoroughbred industry. In 1994, after 10 years as their Director of Sales, Pat resigned from Gainesway Farm to join Taylor Made as Vice President of Private Sales and Investments. A life-long friend of the Taylor family, Pat became a partner in 2008. He has been married to his wife Peggy for 27 years and they have 4 children.
Pat Bellairs
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Sales
Pat worked for Taylor Made in the early 90’s and then headed to Dubai where she helped set up and manage the Dubai Equine Hospital for 5 years. While in Dubai she also developed and managed a therapeutic riding program for children. Back in Lexington after 13 years, Pat returned to Taylor Made Sales Agency where she provides support and administrative assistance to the Private Sales department. Pat has over 20 years of combined administrative, office and management experience in the equine industry.
Accounting
Dan Collier
Controller
Dan was born in Ashland, Ky and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Sullivan University. Before joining the Taylor Made team in September 2010, Dan had extensive experience in accounting and operating systems at Elan, Inc. as the Assistant Controller. Dan lives in Nicholasville with his wife Sarah and three sons, Noah, Elijah and Isaiah.
Kelly Long
Payroll Coordinator / Accounting
Kelly joined the Taylor Made team in January of 1999. She is a graduate of Sullivan College with a degree in accounting and business management. Kelly works in the accounting department and does the payroll, accounts payable and assists in all other accounting areas.
Karen Hammonds
Public Sales Accounting / Collections
Karen has been a Taylor Made team member since 2011. She is responsible for Public Sales accounts receivable, assists with sales proceeds and heads up a collection team for past due accounts. Along with her duties at Taylor Made, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband Jerry on their farm in Woodford County. She also operates a successful home-based leather business established in 1982.
Laura Donta
Staff Accountant

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