Tom McEwen has riding in his blood, following in the footsteps of his equestrian parents, Bobby and Ali McEwen. Ali was a frequent face on the show jumping circuit and Bobby is a Clinical Director at Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn. Tom’s sister Ella also evented and rode for the British Pony Team in 2007 and 2008.
Tom has had the privilege of being on the 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 World Class Development (Podium Potential) Programme, which is Lottery funded via UK Sport and seeks to identify and develop riders who have shown the potential to reach the world stage. The Programme underpins World Class Performance and, together with the Equine Pathway, they comprise the Equestrian World Class Programme. It incorporates the three Olympic sports of Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping and the Paralympic sport of Para-Equestrian Dressage.
Tom was part of the British Young Rider team who brought home a sixth successive European Team Gold from the 2010 Young Rider European Championships at Pardubice, Czech, July 2010. Tom finished 14th overall in the competition with Marguerite Boucher and Penelope Buckler’s seventeen year old gelding, Major Sweep. Previous to the Young Rider Europeans, Tom was part of the Gold Medal winning Pony Team in 2007 with his ride Dick Taytoe.
At the end of the 2010 season Tom won Edy Goldman Trophy for the Under 21 rider with the most BE points and was also awarded the Horse Trials Support Group Young Rider Training Bursary.
During the 2011 – 2016 programme it has allowed Tom to receive training, support and expert advice from Yogi Breisner, the Performance Manager for the British Eventing Team.
The 2011 season saw Tom adding to his string of horses with the very promising eight year old Private Rudolf owned by Leela Patel and David Hamilton, Suspicion a lovely eight year old mare owned by David and Jane Hamilton and Caroline Wells and Staff de Champs a five year old also owned by the Hamiltons.
Tom and Private Rudolf were part of the winning Young Rider Team, achieving Team Gold at the Europeans at Blair Castle. Tom and Dry Old Party also had a fabulous first 4* at Burghley, achieving the best First Time Rider Award.
In 2012 Tom achieved two notable CCI** victories, firstly at Houghton riding the talented Diesel and then at the end of the season taking the CCI** YR on his home produced Rehy USA.
Continuing his great run on Diesel, Tom secured a fabulous CCI3* u25 win at the Bramham International in June 2013 and Dry Old Party completed both Badminton CCI4* and Pau CCI4*, finishing 19th and 11th respectively.
2014 saw Toledo De Kerser, a new ride in 2013, make the move up through the grades from Novice to finish a fine 2nd at the CCI2* Young Horse Championship at Le Lion in France.
4th at Burghley HT CCI**** (Toledo De Kerser) ~ 11th at Badminton HT CCI**** (Toledo De Kerser)
WON at Camphire HT CCI*** (Strike Smartley) ~ 9th at Ballindensisk (2) CCI*** (Joyride)
WON at Chastworth HT CIC*** (Strike Smartley) ~ 2nd at Ballindenisk (2) CIC*** (CHF Cooliser)
WON at Chatsworth HT CIC* (The Magician) ~ 2nd at Chatsworth HT CIC* (CHF Cooliser)
MY AIMS 2018
BADMINTON CCI**** – Toledo De Kerser & Strike Smartley
BELTON CIC*** ~ TATTERSALLS CCI*** ~ BRAMHAM CCI***
My main aim for 2018 is to be selected to represent Team GB at Tryon World Equestrian Games 2018 (WEG) in North Carolina in the United States. I also plan on focusing on the Event Rider Masters series in 2018 beginning with Chatsworth International Horse Trials & continuing to support the Nations Cups series with TeamGB.
Running alongside my top 2 horses, I also have a fantastic string (currently 17 in total) of lovely up and coming youngsters, ranging from 5yo’s who will be starting their eventing careers to horses who will be upgrading through the levels throughout the season. I will also be competing a number of Zara Tindalls’ string this season for her.