Amethyst Acres Equine Center, Inc. opened in October of 2000 and is owner operated by a husband and wife team with over 30 years experience in the horse industry, and a tremendous love and respect for horses.
Mark and Deb are dedicated to providing a flexible, professional, customer oriented environment, focused on helping clients achieve their breeding or training goals, or just having fun with their horse.
Mark Burke is responsible for all aspects of the breeding operation, as well as health care, foaling, training, showing and general horse management. Mark is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Animal Science. He has worked with horses for over 30 years at such well known farms as Glorieta Ranch, Colonial Wood Arabians, Deerhaven Farm and Arabians, Ltd. For the last 20 years, Mark has specialized in equine reproduction and is well respected in the industry for his success using artificial insemination methods and his patience working with young stallions. In addition, Mark has foaled over 600 mares, has trained and shown halter horses professionally, and has worked as a consultant to Saddlebred, Paint and Quarterhorse owners. He also teaches Equine Reproduction at the University level.
Deb Burke takes care of the business side of Amethyst Acres and assists Mark with the breeding, health care and general horse management. Deb is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Masters of Humanities. She has over 20 years experience in the corporate world, helping customers achieve their business objectives, but her first love has always been working with animals. She has been a horse owner the last 22 years and has shown amateur in halter and performance classes.