The Team test 2017-12-06T02:52:19+00:00

The staff at Cullentra are second to none, each member of staff has a role to play in the success of the yard and we have some of the best staff in Ireland.

Simon McGonagle
Simon McGonagleHead Lad
Simon has a wealth of knowledge in the industry, a jockey for many years Simon has now hung up his boots to keep Cullentra running smoothly!
BustyAssistant Trainers
Ian ‘Busty’ Amond has been an integral part of the team for many years behind the scenes and in 2016 took the plunge to join Cullentra full time as Assistant Trainer.
Shane McCann
Shane McCannWork Rider/Feed Man
As well as being one of our best work riders, Shane is in charge of feeding and individually mixes each horses feed everyday.
John Winston
John Winston2nd Head Lad
John has plenty of experience having worked for the likes of Kevin Ryan, Alan Swinbank and Ferdy Murphy
Zoe Winston
Zoe WinstonRacing Secretary
From entries and declarations to managing the social media Zoe runs all aspects of the Racing side of the office as well as assisting Oliver in the management of Racing Syndicates and the Racing Club. Zoe is assisted three afternoons a week by Lisa O’Neill who also rides out daily and holds her Amateur license.
Camilla Sharples & Mary Nugent
Camilla Sharples & Mary Nugent Camilla Sharples - Travelling Head Girl Mary Nugent - 2nd Travelling Head Girl
Camilla joined us in 2015 from Donald McCain’s. She is in charge of all travelling plans and holds her HGV license. She is assisted with the travelling duties by Mary who has previously worked for Paul Nicholls.

Brian Flood and Paddy Byrne are also integral members of the travelling team and assist when we are at multiple meetings.

Niall Boland

Our resident Accountant, Niall deals with the financial side – please contact

Paddy Bryne

Also a member of the racing team, Paddy is always on hand to help out with transport on our busiest days!

Barney Flood

Father of Peter, Barney is one of our racing team who will be at almost every meeting.

Ken Bolger

Is a recent recruit to the yard staff and now a full time employee at Cullentra House Stables.

Thomas Connolly

Tom’s experience comes from a background with horses and is one of our main yard staff.

Jack Doran

Jack joined the team at Gordon Elliott this season and is a valued member of the yard staff.

Emmet Eivers

Around the yard Emmett takes care of all the maintenance, building and repair work.

Stephen Mulligan

Stephen looks after the maintenance of our sand & woodchip gallops & all our schooling strips.

Willie Smith

Gordon’s brother-in-law is our head yardman.

Eleri Apps

Joined us from David Pipes, Eleri has many years experience in the industry.

Georgie Benson

key member of the racing team, Georgie has been a regular visitor to the winner’s enclosure at the Cheltenham Festival with Causes Of Causes.

Max Browne

Max is still at school but comes in on weekends and school holidays and holds his apprentice licence.

Susie Cahill

With a keen passion for Photography Susie is a part time work rider.

David 'Trooper' Carolan

Trooper has ridden out part time for a number of years and is a keen racegoer

Louise Dunne

Work Rider

Paddy Dunne

Work Rider

Eliece Elliott

Eliece is still at school and is regularly here on weekends and school holidays going racing and riding out.

Joey Elliott

Gordon’s brother who has been an integral part of the team since the beginning.

Peter Flood

Pre trains some of the youngsters and holds his own Point to Point training licence.

Sean Healy

Son of photographer Liam Healy, Sean is a main member of the racing team and a regular rider with us.

Craig Kelly

Shane is studying in Maynooth College and is regularly with us during the week riding out.

Richard Reilly

Richard hails from the local area and enjoys the life of a part time rider in Cullentra.

Robyn Lindsay

Work Rider

Jack Madden
Emily MacMahon

Joined the team in 2014, Emily has her own farm which has regular boarders from Cullentra House Stables.

Shane McCann

As well as being one of our best work riders, Shane is in charge of feeding & individually mixes each horses feed everyday.

Bobby McNally

Gordon’s cousin is one of our main work riders, a great judge of a horse Bobby is very experienced and has been with Gordon from the start.

Aubrey McMahon
Lisa O’Neill

Kerry National winning Lisa is a woman of many talents, as well as riding out daily she holds her Amateur licence and assists Zoe in the office 3 afternoons a week.

Seamus Perry

Seamus has recently obtained his conditional jockey’s licence and is a full time member of staff here at Cullentra.

Matt Poynton

Enthusiastic Matt began life at Cullentra Stables in September of last year and is also a part of the racing team.

Fergal Stack

Fergal returned to us after a summer stint in America, he rides work and schools on a regular basis.

Eric Roche

From Co Galway Eric has previous experience with Dermot Weld and is a full time employee here at Cullentra.

Katie Young

Regular rider of Cheltenham winner Diamond King, Katie joined us from Donald McCain’s in 2015 and has become a familiar face at the races.


Bryan Cooper
Jamie Codd
Lisa O’Neill
Jack Kennedy
Keith Donoghue
Cian Collins
Conor Brassil
Anthony Fox


All our staff at some stage will go racing but we have a team of regulars who are familiar faces at the races!

  • Camilla Sharples
  • Mary Nugent
  • Barney Flood
  • Paddy Byrne
  • Louise Dunne
  • Eliece Elliott
  • Robyn Lindsay
  • Georgie Benson
  • Eleri Apps
  • Katie Young
  • Seanin Mahon
  • Caitriona Bolger
  • Sean Healy

We also use a range of highly trained equine professionals:

Farrier – Gavin Cromwell

Vets ;

Eduardo Martinez of Ratoath Veterinary Clinic
Lisadel Equine Hospital
Fethard Equine Hospital

Osteopathy – Anthony Coyne MVB

Dentists – Equidental International

Nutritional Analysis and Microbiology – The Irish Equine Centre

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