South of England

GBR-Tom McEwen rodes Toledo de Kerser during the Cross Country for the FEI World Team and Individual Eventing Championship. Interim-10th. 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon. Saturday 15 September. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

Well when you are on a roll you sure are on a roll!  Fresh from his Team GB Gold medal winning performance at Tryon… if possibly a little jaded from sister Ella’s big birthday party in London the night before….and Tom smashed it at South of England on a miserable rainy Sunday with 2 wins, 2 seconds and a 5th!

It was rumoured that at breakfast Tom was slightly hoping that after non stop rain all day on Saturday and the prospect of a similar forecast for Sunday that the event may be cancelled.  I find this hard to believe as we know that there is no one more committed to his sport than Tom…even after a spectacularly fun and late night!

The CIC one and two star horses ran in the morning and the ground was cutting up quite allot by the time the intermediates ran in the afternoon. Apart from Royal Roxey, who is advanced, Tom’s other 4 rides were genuine young horses just hitting their stride at this level,  When it gets wet and muddy Tom is always at his best and as the going got tougher Tom got faster!

Its a great education for these horses to learn where their feet are when it is not all perfect and Braveheart B ( Dougie) loved it with a 24 and a double clear adding just 10 time for his win.  Dreamaway ( Dreamer) has been a real trouper all year and after a 27 dressage he added just 1 time in the showjumping and 9.6 cross country for Tom’s 2nd win of the day.

Dream Big ( Dreamy) did her best for a 33 and was a bit unlucky to roll a pole in the showjumping. The thoroughbred blood came to the fore though and her speedy cross country just adding 6 penalties to her score was good enough for 2nd place behind fellow stablemate Dreamer.

The Magician( Mars) was in the same section as Dougie and he also bust a gut to do his best. A 34, a single rail and another great cross country saw him wind up in the runner up spot. Mars has done nothing but improve all season.

Royal Roxey enjoyed the mud run too and a 33 and a double clear was good enough for 5th place in the hot OI section. She may regret looking so good in the mud if she finds herself at Boekelo in a couple of weeks time!