IRISH international event rider Tim Bourke and his wife of just over 12 months, US-born Marley Stone, are looking forward to Christmas and the New Year more than most as they have recently purchased a house and farm in the middle of Virginia horse country.

“We had the opportunity to buy 70 acres near Berryville and are really excited about starting Bourke Eventing,” revealed the 29-year-old Westport native. “It’s a great location as many events are close by. We plan to continue importing horses from Ireland both to bring up the levels ourselves and as sales prospects. We are currently offering openings for horses in training, lessons and sales.”