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 marriage.
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 late 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.