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Berryville, Virginia

TrainingMeet the Trainer

Tim Bourke

Tim is available every Thursday at Hunt Club Farms for lessons and training in all three phases (dressage, cross country & show jumping). Please contact tracy.zack@yahoo.com or call the farm at 540-955-1779 to reserve your spot.

13087371 10153700320112648 2652078294844640010 nGrowing up in Westport Co. Mayo, Ireland, Tim inherited his love for horses from his grandmother and spent his early childhood days developing his riding skills at her riding school, Knappa Beg Stables. Tim joined the Clew Bay Pony Club, achieved his A-rating, and attended Gurteen Agricultural College. During his years at Gurteen, Tim worked and rode young horses for John Craig, who has since played an integral role in Tim’s riding career in both Ireland and the United States.

Upon graduation, Tim was looking for a job and career direction and through mutual friends found himself on a plane headed Stateside to the legendary Bruce Davidson’s farm. Three months turned into two years working for Bruce, and Tim credits Bruce for starting him on the path towards establishing a life in the United States. With the help of Bruce’s guidance and support, Tim learned the inner workings of producing event horses to the top level of Eventing and got a true taste for Eventing in the States.

While travelling to the biggest competitions with Bruce, including the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Tim realized this is where he wanted to be! Tim and Marley headed to Ireland for the year knowing they would return to America, which proved to be a pivotal moment for Tim. In Ireland, Tim worked riding show jumpers for Jonathan Reape, during which time Tim met and started his soon-to-be top horse, Luckaun Quality. Recognizing the obsession Tim had with the rangy gelding, the Reapes’ graciously enabled Tim to bring him back to the States with him.

Upon returning to America, Tim landed a job as assistant trainer to top eventer Sharon White. In his six years working for Sharon, Tim had the opportunity to ride and compete all the sales horses and develop a widespread student base.

Tim has established himself as a top rider and sought-after trainer. Tim was named to the Irish High Performance list and is looking forward to the development and future success of Bourke Eventing. In 2015, Tim and Luckaun Quality completed the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* finishing in 18th place.

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