Barry, is married to Lorette and together they have a daughter, Ashlee.
Barry also has two older daughters Lee-Alexa and Danah from his previous
He was born into an equestrian family; he started riding at the age of 4 and
competing by the time he was 6 years old. His deceased father, Lesley Taylor
trained the Dutch team in the ’60s and was head instructor at Deurne, the
Dutch Equestrian Centre. Lesley also trained many of the then Springbok
riders and was Chef d’Equipe of the junior SA team in 1963 that went to
compete in the European Championships in Rotterdam, finishing a creditable
2nd. Barry’s Mom, Beryl Toms has been involved with horses her entire life,
including being general manager at the then Transvaal Horse Society for 12
years before retiring in 2004.
Between the ages of 12-17 years Barry competed as a Junior, representing
both OFS and NC. At the age of 14 years, he rode for the victorious South
African Team in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where he also won the Rhodesian
Grand Prix. He was successful in all the major Junior competitions.
As an Adult he held OFS and NC, Defence Force and Transvaal Colours, and has
represented one or the other of these “Provinces” on numerous occasions. In
1985 he was awarded the then Springbok Colours (now National Colours). He
then received Protea Colours again in 2006.