• Billy Twomey
  • Competing for: Ireland
  • From: Cork
  • Age: 43

Billy took up riding in Cork, Ireland, and began competing at age six because his parents were involved in the sport. His mother Jill and his aunt ran a riding school near Cork. His uncle Kelvin Hitchmough was a leading National Hunt trainer, with an Irish Grand National winner to his name. His aunt Avril was a well known showjumping trainer, and his grandmother officiated on the appeals committee for major shows.

Working as Michael Whitaker’s stable jockey in his youth proved a key opportunity to learn and since then, Billy Twomey has gone from strength to strength. Career highlights include a win at the 2011 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Valencia. Tinka’s Serenade is his favourite horse to ride and his parents are his greatest influence. He describes Global Champions Tour as ‘the very best shows in the world.’

Fast Facts

3rd 2013 Nation's Cup Final team member with Tinka's Serenade

3rd 2013 Lisbon Nation's Cup team member with Diaghilev 

3rd 2013 La Baule Nation's Cup team member with Tinka's Serenade

2013 Birmingham Leading Showjumper of the Year winner with Tinka's Serenade

2013 Wettenhall Grand Prix winner with Diaghilev

2011 Basel Grand Prix winner with Tinka's Serenade 

2011 Irish Rider of the Year

6th 2006 World Equestrian Games team event with Luidam

Billy joined the Tour in 2010