Logan Payne started at Taylor Made Farm prepping yearlings and has since worked in the Thoroughbred industry in various capacities as far away as Australia. Now back at Taylor Made, Payne works as a general farm manager and has many duties overseeing broodmares. Learn about his background, his job, and life in Lexington, Ky., in this Q&A.
When did you start working at Taylor Made?
Do you have a favorite horse on the farm?
It’s tough to have a favorite horse on the farm, but when they do everything you ask them, they really stand out. The mare Juanita comes to mind.
Walk us through your typical day at Taylor Made, from when you get up in the morning to the last thing you do at work before heading home.
This time of the year I’ll put a little more focus on the broodmares and foals. Our foaling manager sends a report of how the night went at 6 a.m. every morning so I start off by reading that. From there I’ll go straight to the foaling barns to see any newborn foals and get my opinion.
Three days a week I help bring up the yearlings and get a look at them. After that I meet up with the broodmare manager and reproductive vet and start working our way through the barns. With about 65 barrens (not pregnant mares) and maidens (mares who have never had a foal) on the farm currently and 50 foals on the ground, repro work will take us up to around 11 a.m..
This time of the year there is always something going on that’ll take you up to lunch, this week would be blacksmiths. I always enjoy stopping in to see how they’re doing. Afternoons differ daily, between meetings, afternoon vet work, clients coming to look at horses, etc. I end every day driving through the farm checking on things on my way back to the house.
What’s one thing that surprises guests when they come to Taylor Made?
The family-like experience, from the welcome sign at their parking space, to the smiles delivered by the grooms as they come to visit or see their own horses. People normally leave feeling like they are a part of the family, and no matter who they are, we intend to make them feel that way.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Working for Todd Pletcher as a barn foreman a couple of years ago; I spent the summer in Saratoga working for him and that was a highlight alone. I followed him down to Keeneland to work the fall meet and the Breeders’ Cup right after. I had the opportunity to take Race Day, Liam’s Map who we had raised at Taylor Made, and Stopchargingmaria into the winner’s circle that (Breeders’ Cup) Friday.
What’s one misconception about horses that you’d like to fix right now?
Horses that toe-in (like being pigeon-toed in humans) are at a commercial disadvantage.
Are you a coffee drinker?
What’s your favorite place to eat in Lexington?
How about the best bar?
Football, basketball, or baseball?
What’s the best horse race you’ve ever seen?
Beholder vs. Songbird
Do you have any pets?
Pick one: “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” or “Dancing with the Stars.”
I guess Star Wars
Where in the world would you most like to visit, and why?
I’d like to go to Costa Rica. You get to adventure through the jungle then relax on a white beach; works for me.
What three words describe Thoroughbreds?
Majestic, athletic, spirited
Who’s your favorite racehorse of all time?
What’s your favorite app?
What’s your favorite appetizer?
Mini chicken cordon bleu sliders
What was the last song you listened to?
“Honky Tonk Flame” by Tyler Childers
What’s your favorite TV show?
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
My father; I wouldn’t be where I am today without his guidance.
Why should people visit Taylor Made?
Good people, good horses, good horsemen.