Frank Taylor of Taylor Made Farm has been selected as the 2023 Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year, The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club (KTFMC) announced on Tuesday. His father, Joe Taylor, was honored with the award in 1976.
Taylor has served in many roles at Taylor Made Farm, including General Farm Manager, Vice President of Boarding, and Vice President of Sales. He became a partner in the organization in 1982.
“I am so grateful that the KTFMC has honored my father with such a prestigious award,” Katie Taylor Whalen, Taylor's daughter and partner in Taylor Made Sales Agency, said. “I am so blessed to have grown up with such a strong and driven mentor. My Dad has taught me and countless others to dream big, work hard, and trust in God. I have seen him work tirelessly with my uncles to grow the Taylor Made brand and witnessed his dedication to his family, friends, clients, mentees, and the horses under his care. My Dad has a servant's heart and is willing to accept and help people from all walks of life. Whether you are a billionaire or have lost it all in the grips of addiction, his willingness to accept and help is unwavering. I would not be the person I am today without my father.”
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club will be hosting its annual Dinner Dance to honor Frank Taylor at the Carrick House in Lexington on Friday, Dec. 1. A silent auction will be held with all proceeds benefitting Stable Recovery, LLC. Tickets and sponsorships for the event will be available for purchase through KTFMC's website later this month.