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In the UK, contact Jill Martin on 07557 147812 (or +44 7557 147812 outside the UK) or Email jill.martin@crosscountryapp.com

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Our Team

CrossCountry App was created by a Australian based family, originally from Yorkshire, England. The Diaconos have been creating equestrian and other websites for many years. We live and work in the Hunter Valley about an hour's drive north of Sydney. CrossCountry App was the the New South Wales Spatial Innovation Award winner.

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team at sydney

Jose Diacono

 

Jose has worked in technical and marketing roles in the computer mapping and IT industry for over 25 years which led us to the idea for the app. Jose is manager, marketer, tester, first level support and tweeter.  She manages the website and IT for Sydney International Horse Trials, was formerly President of Northside Riding Club in Sydney & Chief Instructor of Avondale Pony Club where she dabbled in course design. Jose was Team Liaison officer for the French Team at the Sydney Olympics. After taking a break from eventing for a few years, Jose is now out competing with Helen's former 1* horse Max (at a very low level). She enjoys riding out in the bush, on the beach and keeping all the horses fit.

 

 

james diaconoJames is our brilliant software architect, mathematician and developer. He has been developing websites for over 13 years using many technologies. He previously developed an iPhone app using GPS tracking and augmented reality. He is also a talented musician (guitar, bass and most recently trombone) and a committed and enthusiastic contributor to the Open Source software development community.

 

 

 

helen diaconoHelen is the serious eventer and has been riding since she was eight. She designed CrossCountry App, the icons and made sure it works the way an eventer wants it to. She spent a gap year working in a professional eventing yard as Groom/Rider. Recently graduated with First Class Honours in Industrial Design from the University of Technology Sydney, Helen is a User Experience Designer with one of Australia's leading companies. In 2014 she was a National Finalist in the Australian Information Industry Young Innovator Awards. She has designed several equestrian websites including sydneysieceventing.org.au Helen looks after our facebook page, Instagram, videos, our sponsored riders, merchandise, youtube channel and keeps an eye on blogs and forums.

 

 

 

Jill MartinJill Martin represents us in Great Britain. Jill has followed and supported our sport in the UK, Australia and Europe for a number of years and as part owner of an exciting young event horse, she regularly travels to events around the UK and Europe. Jill is also an enthusiastic and knowledgeable proponent of Event Horse Syndicate Ownership. Look out for Jill at events in her CrossCountry App jacket and feel free to ask her any questions.

 

Our Horses

GingerGinger (Hunter Ginger) joined us in November 2016. She is a 6year old WB x TB mare by Staccato out of a Wiragulla Hamlet mare. She and Helen are already having a wonderful time competing and getting to know each other.

 

Secret Secret 14.3hh is a 28 year old stockhorse mare, who has done everything from eventing to barrel racing, show riding and mustering cattle. She was the keenest, safest cross country horse. Secret is now retired but looks after children and beginners on short rides

 

Helen and Max

 

Max 16.3hh thoroughbred (Priceless) was Helen's more experienced 1* mount, named after Ginny Leng's famous Badminton winner. After taking a break in 2015, Max has a new career as a schoolmaster for Jose. He is a real gentleman but can get strong cross country!

 

SmileySmiley 15.3hh (Sweet Smile) was Helen's off the track Thoroughbred, gap year project. He has a super temperament and is well travelled. Foaled in Ireland, he raced in England, Italy and France before coming to Australia. He is now living with our neighbour Maria.

James serenades Bruce

bruce

 

Bruce (Bruschetta) is a miniature pony/Shetland who is full of mischief and seems to like music! She lived on the property next door before she adopted us. We didn't know her name and we were told she was a gelding so we called her Bruce. Then one day she swished her tail and became Bruschetta....