Our Staff

David O'Brien

Originally from Galway County, Ireland, David was born the youngest son of Tomas and Francis O'Brien. Starting at the age of 10, David began producing top quality young ponies including qualifying a 5 year old pony for the Dublin Horse Show, setting the pony Puissance record, and placing 7th at the European Championship with a 6 year old pony named Bertas Clover. After finishing his pony career, David furthered his training by riding under Niall Talboy, Florian Meyer Zu Hartum, and the German chef de equipe Dietmar Gulgar. While in Europe, David placed in multiple Grand Prix.

David has extensive experience producing top quality young horses. At age 22 he helped his father produce a young homebred stallion, Codarco. David and Codarco won all 4 year old championships in Ireland. Codarco is now moving up the ranks competing in 5* shows with Chloe Ried.

David is head young horse trainer at Spy Coast Farm and is responsible for the development of our young horses.

Modesty Burleson VMD

Modesty was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania and has been involved with horses since the age of six. She owned her first pony by the age of nine, which began her competitive equestrian career and passion to become an equine veterinarian. She worked on a thoroughbred and standardbred breeding facility under the mentorship of Dr. William J. Solomon at Pin Oak Lane Farm all through college.

In 2003, she graduated from Virginia Polytechnic and State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Biotechnology. After completing her undergrad, she attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating with her veterinary medical degree, Modesty performed an equine ambulatory internship at one of the world's largest private practices, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Riddle. She spent the following year as the resident veterinarian for Shadwell Farm owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

By 2009, she became an ambulatory associate with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. With her husband, Lyn Burleson, she owns and operates a 200 acre thoroughbred farm called Burleson Farms, in Midway, KY. Modesty has been the resident veterinarian for Spy Coast Farm since 2010 and specializes in equine reproduction.

Duncan Peters DVM

Duncan Peters is the leading authority on locomotor pathology, diagnosis, treatment, and management of sport horse health for optimum performance. He received his veterinary degree in 1982 from the University of California-Davis and practiced in Woodside, California for 10 years, focusing on sport-horse medicine and lameness conditions. He then moved to Kalispell, Montana where he worked for 11 years at a large animal practice that eventually morphed into an equine only practice. Duncan was the Director of the Sport Horse Division for many years at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute where he developed one of the nation's strongest private sport horse medical programs. He also led the Clinical Equine Sports Medicine Program at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was an associate professor there.

Peters is an active member in a variety of sport horse associations and is also a multi-discipline Federation Equestrian Internationale (FEI) veterinarian. He is a certified member and board member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) and a member of the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NAVRMA).

Sarah Mouri DVM

Sarah grew up in Northern Virginia and enjoyed eventing, fox hunting, and Middleburg Orange County pony club activities. A USPC Graduate B, she developed a strong base in veterinary medicine and many encouraging mentors. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2011 and completed an ambulatory internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. In 2012 she joined Rabanal Equine as an associate sport horse veterinarian working on AA circuit Hunter/Jumpers and FEI Jumpers and Dressage horses before joining the team at Spy Coast Farm. Sarah and her husband, Erik Johnson, live in Paris, KY on the Johnson family's Silver Springs Stud. In addition to sport horse practice, she enjoys caring for select Thoroughbred cases within the family farm's sales, training and rehabilitation programs.