With no money or prior experience, Lindsey Oaks moved 500 miles from home at the age of 17 to pursue a career as a professional horse trainer. Over the next decade, she would learn how to become an entrepreneur the hard way while establishing herself as a competitor on the world stage and as a coach to aspiring equestrians.
Lindsey now lives in the Chicago suburbs, spending her time teaching "horse-crazy kids" (and adults) to communicate effectively with 1000 lb animals who don't speak English and creating strategies for coaches, consultants, and influencers to communicate with the world. Her clients describe her as a coffee-addicted, high-energy smartypants who tells stories to teach lessons.
At the tender age of 17, Lindsey Oaks informed her parents that she would be moving 500 miles away to pursue a career competing horses as a professional upon graduation from school. The crazy part? She’d never competed in a regulation competition.
Lindsey’s is the unlikely story of a kid from South Georgia, who, together with her equine partner “Taylor,” climbed the ranks to compete on the world stage and the real-world lessons they learned along the way. Like anyone else, they didn't find success alone. Their tribe of friends and supporters pushed with them every step of the way. They failed repeatedly, but were able to access the areas where things went wrong, and change their strategies going forward. And the biggest lesson of all, they learned to love the journey.