Lindsey Taylor, head groom for eventer Boyd Martin, is the recipient of the first ever Professional Riders Organization Liz Cochrane Memorial Groom’s Award. The award is given to the groom of a professional member of PRO who most exemplifies the standards set by Liz Cochrane, who was a long-time groom for eventer Abigail Lufkin. Cochrane died from cancer in 2006.
In 2011, Martin had 175 eventing starts ranging from local events in the Mid-Atlantic to the Burghley CCI**** (England), and the Boekelo CCI*** (the Netherlands). At one point Taylor worked for nine weeks in a row without a day off. She was also instrumental in saving Martin’s horses from the devastating barn fire at True Prospect Farm (Pa.) in May.
“I believe the events that led up to, during and after the Memorial Day barn fire separate Lindsey from the rest of the list of candidates,” said Martin, who nominated his groom. “This lady was able to deal with the tragedy of the loss of the horses that died, also rehabilitating the injured ones that survived, whilst working out of a number of barns, and was still able to fulfill her energy of the competition horses that were unaffected, all at the same time without complaint, negativity or fuss, which impressed me more than anything.
Taylor will receive $5,000 and an engraved silver bowl at the U.S. Eventing Association Convention in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 9. PRO will also make a $500 donation to the cancer charity of her choice.