Billy Twomey

While family roots are deeply entrenched in his native homeland – and Billy recalls a multitude of memories and victories in and around Cork – the talented rider crossed the Irish Sea to seek more experience.

Training with Albert Voorn in Holland preceded a stint with Jason and Katrina Moore in Essex. His success on the national circuit did not go unnoticed and before too long, the popular rider landed a dream job, as stable jockey to Michael Whitaker “I was always striving to better myself. To me, Michael was the greatest rider in the world and I wanted to be like him,” said Billy.

Career Highlights

2014

  • Qualified for the World Cup Final, Lyon 2014

2013

  • Bronze Medalist at the Nations Cup Final, Barcelona
  • Leading Show Jumper of the Year 2013 HOYS
  • Winner Dublin International Horse Show
  • Represented Ireland on 4 Nations Cup Teams
  • Winner British Masters Championship

2012

  • Represented Ireland at the London Olympic Games
  • Winner Grand Palais, Paris
  • Represented Ireland on 4 Nations Cup Teams
  • Winner Horse of the Year Show

2011

  • Winner Valencia Grand Prix
  • Winner Zurich Grand Prix
  • Winner Basel Grand Prix
  • 2nd Grand Prix Leipzig
  • 2nd CSI5* GCT Doha

2010

  • Winner Grand Prix Amsterdam
  • Winner Grand Prix Barelona
  • Winner CSIO5* Aachen

2009

  • Winner Grand Prix 110 Vejer dela Frontera
  • 5th Grand Prix 77 Vejer de la Frontera
  • 4th Speed Challenge Amsterdam
  • Winner Grand Prix Amsterdam
  • Winner NH Hotels Trophy La Coruna
  • 6th Grand Prix La Coruna

2008

  • 2nd Tsunami, Porto
  • 8th Grand Prix Porto
  • 7th Grand Prix Unex Towerlands
  • 2nd Grand Prix Oldenburg
  • Winner Grand Prix Belfast International Horse Show
  • Winner Grand Prix HOYS
  • 6th Vinopolis Trophy HOYS
  • 6th Speed Horse of the Year HOYS
  • 3rd Grand Prix 1 Vejer de la Frontera
  • 5th Grand Prix 2 Vejer se la Frontera
  • 2nd Grand Prix Bordeaux
  • 6th Prix Casino Bordeaux
  • 3rd Jumping Amsterdam
  • 3rd BSJA Festival easibed 1.40m Grand Prix
  • Winner Foxhunter regional final
  • Winner Horse and Hound Foxhunter Final HOYS
  • Winner Leading Show Jumper HOYS
  • Winner Dick Turpin Stakes HOYS
  • Winner Sylvia Barnes Memorial Cup HOYS

2007

  • 2nd British Open Championship
  • 4th Birmingham City Shield British Open
  • 5th Speed Stakes British Open
  • 2nd Winter B&C Championships
  • 3rd National 1.40m Windsor
  • 2nd Grand Prix Southview
  • 3rd 7 yo Championships HOYS

2006

  • 6th British Open Championships
  • 4th Grand Prix Castle Ashby
  • Winner Newcomers Championship HOYS
  • 4th 6 yo Championship HOYS
  • 3rd Welcome Stakes HOYS
  • 2nd Leading Show Jumper of the Year HOYS
  • 3rd Dick Turpin Stakes HOYS
  • 3rd Speed Horse of the Year HOYS
  • 2nd Grand Prix Belfast International Horse Show

2005

  • Winner Grand Prix, Sunshine Tour, Spain, Feb ’05
  • 2nd Grand Prix, Sunshine Tour, Spain ’05
  • 4th Grand Prix, Sheffield, April ’05
  • 4th Speed, Madrid, Spain, May ’05
  • Winner Speed, Leicester county, May ’05
  • 4th Grand Prix, Windsor, May ’05
  • 2nd Speed, St Gallen, Switzerland,June ’05
  • 3rd Jump off, St Gallen
  • 5th Nations Cup, St Gallen
  • Winner Speed, Rotterdam, Netherlands,June ’05
  • 4th Nations Cup, Rotterdam

2004

  • Winner Grand Prix, Maubege, France ’04
  • Winner Speed, Windsor, ’04
  • Winner 1.40 Easibed Scope Festival, ’04
  • Winner Aga Khan, Dublin ’04
  • National Champion, Festival, Arena UK ’04
  • Winner Grandstand Media Cup, HOYS ’04
  • Winner HOYS Classic, HOYS ’04
  • 4th Grand Prix, Belfast ’04
  • Winner Grand Prix, Towerlands ’04

2003

  • 2nd Grand Prix, British Open, Sheffield ’03
  • 2nd Grand Prix , Mauberge, Belgium ’03
  • Winner Grand Prix, La Baule, France ’03
  • 2nd Grand Prix, St Gallen, Switzerland ’03
  • Winner Nations Cup, St Gallen ’03
  • Winner Nations Cup, Aachen, Germany ’03
  • Winner Speed Derby, Hickstead, England ’03
  • 2nd Grand Prix, Dublin, Ireland ’03
  • 2nd Grand Prix, Norden Hadenburg, Germany ’03

2002

  • Winner Leicester County IT ’02
  • Winner Gentleman’s Championship, Richmond ’02
  • Winner International Grand Prix, Essex ’02
  • Winner Xerox Cup, London ’02
  • 2nd Grand Prix, Stockholm ’02
  • 2nd Grand Prix, London ’02

2001

  • Winner Daewoo Grand Prix, London ’01
  • 2nd Hickstead Derby, London ’01
  • 2nd Speed Horse of the Year, London ’01

2000

  • International wins at Liege and Amsterdam’00
  • London Hickstead Speed Derby’00
  • 4th London Hickstead Derby’00
  • Dublin Kerrygold Classic’00
  • Canada Calgary Atco Power Stakes’00
  • London Wembley Grand Prix’00
  • International wins at Mauberge, La Baule and Laucerne’00
  • Nations Cup Victory’s at Modena, Lummen, Dublin and Calgary
  • Shortlisted Sidney Olympics ’00
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