Lisbeg Farm History
Lisbeg Farms has a history that has seen Sport Horses on the property for the last four generations. Mavis Bourns, Richard’s mother, was a great supporter of the Irish horse and the entire Bourns family are involved in the horse industry in one way or another. Now run by Richard and Deirdre, the yard at Lisbeg acts as a launch pad for the up and coming young stars of the future.
Set on the very best of limestone land, farmed by Andrew’s brother Chris, Lisbeg guarantees the best start in life for the young stock with extensive grass pasture. Facilities on site include a six-horse walker; an outdoor all weather arena and an indoor arena to ensure that the horses training is never interrupted no matter what the season. A cross country course guarantees a well rounded education for all the young horses.
The team at Lisbeg are dedicated to sourcing the most promising young horses before producing them to the highest standard on the Irish national circuit. Andrew commented on Lisbeg Farms saying, “The yard in Ireland produces horses up until they are ready for the American market either as Grand Prix horses or high end amateur horses. The production system is specialised towards producing reliable and competitive horses.”
He continued, “We only source our young horses from the most reliable breeders in Ireland and Europe with only the best bloodlines. When we sell our horses we can stand behind them one hundred percent.”
Lisbeg Farms has produced many success stories over the years. Horses such as Calover, internationally successful with Dutch rider Roelof Bril; Mark Q, Kevin Babington’s Grand Prix winning mount; Credit Cruise, Alexa Lowe’s Nations Cup team horse for USA; Good News, shining star for Canadian rider Courtney Vince and Portersize Just A Jiff, Camilla Speirs World Equestrian Games partner and top ranked Olympic hopeful for London 2012 all began their careers at Lisbeg Farms.