BarnManager Q&A With: Madeline Finley
Madeline Finley, manager at Maarten Huygens Horse Sales based out of Wellington, FL, and North Salem, NY
What are three things that are always in your ring bag and why?
I like to travel light. I try to only carry the essentials. With that being said, my ring bag is always equipped with a towel, a hole punch, and cookies for the horses. I like to keep things very simple.
What’s something you learned early in your career that has stuck with you?
I’m very big on cleanliness and organization. Some would say it’s an obsession for me. I find it very hard to work and operate out of a messy environment. I think it’s safer for the people and the horses when the barn aisle is tidy and everything is in its place.
Who inspires you the most in the industry and why?
The person who inspires me the most in this industry is without a doubt Maarten Huygens. He came to the United States at a young age, rode, groomed, worked hard, and eventually became the successful businessman he is today. It is a story similar to how so many of us started out, including myself. Working for Maarten is really special. He is one of the most genuine, down-to-earth individuals with so much knowledge and passion for the sport. I am always proud to stand by his side.
What is your best tip for staying organized during a busy show day?
Communication always! Working in a sales barn can be very chaotic at times, but as long as everyone is communicating the day will run smoothly.
What is one horse show you have never been to but would love to attend?
I have never been to a horse show in Europe. I would really like to experience that at least once in my life. If I had my pick, it would be the Dublin Horse Show!
Mares, geldings, or stallions? Why?
I love a mare with an attitude and a big heart. I like to think those two things go hand in hand. When you can form a bond with a tough mare she will do anything for you; she will be your best friend.
If you were a horse, what would you be and why?
I would like to be a western horse on the Yellowstone Ranch. That’s my favorite show, and I always wonder what it would be like to live there.
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