Our staff or what make us who we are. They are here to make your time at Hitchmough's as enjoyable as possible.
Jill Twomey BHSAI
Jill is the original co-founder of Hitchmough's. With over 30 years expeience, Jill is a renowned teacher who instils confidence in every rider. Whatever the age or ability of the student, Jill brings out the best in him or her in an enjoyable way
"Teachers are born, not made" and Jill exemplifies this
Favourite horse at Hitchmough's: All of them :)
Tara O'Brien BHSQ L4 Senior Eventing Coach, BSc., PGCert Equine Science
Tara has worked at Hitchmough's for many years and is a First Aid Responder and Child Safeguarding Designated Liaison Person for the yard. Before coming to Hitchmough's, Tara worked overseas as a riding instructor. Tara has a keen interest in equitation science - understanding how the horse and rider interact and understanding how horses learn.
Tara competes in various disciplines. In 2016, she was a member of the Highland Lodge Riding Club team that were AIRC National Team Show Jumping champions and was 1st at the AIRC National Eventing Championships, all with one of our own school horses - Stella (pictured). In 2017, Tara represented the club again in the RDS on Cailin.
Sinead Vallely BHSQ L3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship, BSc. Ag Science
Sinead has been working at Hitchmough's for many years and is a First Aid Responder. Sinead has worked overseas at Olympic level eventing yards and has a keen interest in the advances in equine science. She is currently training for the L4 Senior Eventing Coach qualification.
Sinead is also the Course Director of Equestrian Studies at CSN College Cork where she trains the students towards the Level 5 Certificate and BHS exams.
Sinead actively competes her own horse and was a member of the the Highland Lodge Riding Club team that were national show jumping champions in 2013.
Amanda Horgan - BHSQ L2 Foundation Coach in Complete Horsemanship
Amanda has been working at Hitchmough's for 2 years. She has her BHS 1,2 and Stage 2 Teach. and has a Diploma in Equine Science. Before coming to us, Amanda was a Barn Manager at Gai Waterhouse Racing in Sydney, Australia for 3 years.
Amanda competes in a range of disciplines and is an active member of the Highland Lodge Riding Club.
Niall Buckley - BHSQ Stage 2 Foundation Groom with Riding, QQI L5 Cert in Horsemanship
Niall has been working at Hitchmough's since 2016 after studying with Sinead at CSN College Cork. He is a First Aid Responder. Niall enjoys breaking and schooling young horses. He has competed in a range of disciplines and has represented Highland Lodge Riding Club, riding our school horse Bouncer (pictured). Niall is currently training towards the BHSQ Stage 2 Teaching Exam.
Shannid McGrath - QQI L5 Cert in Horsemanship
Shannid has been working with us since 2020 after completing the CSN College Cork Equestrian Studies course with Sinead. Shannid is currently working towards the BHS Stage 1 exam.