As of Sept. 1, Leo and Sarah Dooley have launched their own boarding operation, named Norevale Farm.
The 110-acre farm is located in Lexington on Hume Bedford Pike, near Paris, Ky. With a focus on small scale, quality horsemanship, the following services are offered at the new establishment:
• Year-round and seasonal boarding for mares, foals, yearlings, and layups
• Foaling and breeding for year-round and seasonal mares
• Quarantine after all major sales
• Sales prep for mares, foals, and yearlings
Leo gained experience at Jim Bolger's racing stables, Ballylinch Stud, Dromoland Farm, and Ecurie des Monceaux before graduating from University College of Dublin with an Equine Science degree and moving to the U.S. Leo spent 4 years working at Hunter Valley Farm before moving to Indian Creek Farm where he worked as Broodmare Manager for 2 years.
Sarah is a graduate of the Irish National Stud course and the Godolphin Flying Start course. Sarah spent a sales season at Bluewater Sales before her 2 years at Hunter Valley Farm as Sales Coordinator. She then spent a year in the Bloodstock department at Lane's End Farm, followed by a move back to the family farm, Marula Park Stud, owned and operated by her parents, Tony and Susan Holmes.
"'Going out on our own', as they say, has always been our goal—both individually and as a couple," Leo and Sarah said. "We jumped at the chance when the right piece of land came up, just right around the corner from Marula. We're really proud of the prep work we have put into this decision and what we can offer clients as a team. The farm is looking great and we couldn't be more excited to be up and running."
For more information and photos, visit the website at www.norevalefarm.com.