It’s the end of an era for Windurra, as Boyd Martin announced this morning that his head groom and barn manager Lindsey Taylor is moving on from his program, with the World Equestrian Games being her last event with his team.
“Lindsey has been here three or four years, and we’ve been through a lot together,” Boyd said this morning. “She first came on board when the barn fire happened, and she was running the show then. Then we’ve been to the Olympics and World Equestrian Games, Burghley with Neville (Bardos) and Boekelo, and she’s really thrown her life into Windurra and the horses here. It’s huge shoes to fill.”
Katarina Lissett of Salt Lake City, Utah, has been tapped to replace Lindsey as head groom, and she came onto the Windurra team in January to start her training, Boyd said. “We’ve also hired two more people on the ground to assist Kat in the grooming, care and management of the farm to ensure the horses are well looked after.”
Kat has gone to a number of horse trials with Boyd this year, including Carolina International CIC3* and Millbrook, he said. We wish Kat all the best as she continues to learn the ropes at Windurra.
Getting to know the grooms — the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes caring for these extraordinary equine athletes — is one of the many perks of this job, and Lindsey is one of the absolute best at what she does.
Dare I say that Lindsey has had it harder than most, taking care of not just the horses in Windurra’s program, but also Boyd, who hasn’t made it easy between all his broken bones, various injuries and general rabble-rousing.
Lindsey is just getting on a plane with the Team USA horses in Amsterdam now to fly home to the States, where she’ll officially hang up her hoof pick. We’ll be catching up with her soon to see what’s next and sincerely wish her all the best in her new endeavors.
Go Lindsey, and Go Eventing.