KPP Top Event Rider Tim Bourke Talks About the Horses He Loves and His Passion for the Sport
Irish eventer Tim Bourke grew up in Ireland and inherited his love of horses from his grandmother. He achieved an A-rating in Pony Club and later attended Gurteen College for equine studies and business. Upon graduation, Tim traveled to the United States to work for Bruce Davidson for two years, and later he worked for eventer Sharon White for about six years.
With his wife Marley Stone Bourke, also an eventer, Tim moved into his own stable, Stone’s Throw Farm, in 2014 in Berryville, Virginia, where they operate their riding and training business Bourke Eventing. Tim rode Luckaun Quality at the Kentucky Three-Day Event five times. Four of those times, they finished in the top 20, and two of those times, they had the fastest cross-country time of the day. They also competed at the Burghley Horse Trials in 2015, and in 2018, they were named the traveling alternates for the Irish Eventing Team at the World Equestrian Games.
In this episode, Tim talks about:
• his Luckaun Quality and what makes him special
• his mentors including Bruce and Sharon and Olympic gold medalist David O’Connor
• his training philosophy, what makes a good horseman and more.