British rider Tom Jackson (26) completed his first four-star at Badminton in 2017 with Waltham Fiddlers Find. He was unlucky to gain a second completion last year after parting company from Fiddlers Find in the showjumping. He finished the season in good form gaining a career best at Pau with Badminton entry Carpa Buisson Z – her first four-star – and then gained second place in the World seven-year-old Young Horse Championships (Chapels Hollow Drift). Tom, from Kent is now based near Godalming in Surrey. He is a former British Junior and Young Rider team member and medallist.
Tom who is from Maidstone grew up surrounded by horses. He was an active member of the Ashford Valley Pony Club and during his teens combined eventing with hunting. After completing GCSEs, with a sports scholarship at Bethany School, Tom spent two years working for event rider Sacha Pemble and a further year with Dassett Eventing. In 2013 he set up his own yard in Kent and has recently relocated to a new yard near Godalming with partner Sabrina Pryer.
In 2010 with Waltham Fiddlers Find, Tom won the one-star at Weston Park and the following year was a member of the gold medal team at the Junior European Championships. In 2013 with Waltham Fiddlers Find he won team silver in the Young Rider Europeans and at the following year’s European Championships team bronze (7th individual). The pair won the 2014 Under-25 championship at Bramham and was again a member of the British Young Rider team winning team bronze. They were selected for the Senior Europeans at Blair Castle but were withdrawn due to injury.
Tom’s mother used to ride in dressage and his father is a farrier – Tom’s two sisters also event on an amateur basis.
Tom trains with Pippa Funnell.
Carpa du Buisson Z (aka Katya) is an 11-year-old mare registered with the Zangersheide studbook. She is by the showjumper and successful jumping sire Calvaro Z – ridden by John Whitaker in the 2000 Olympic Games – out of Unique de Buisson by the jumping sire Lauriston who stood in the UK. She was acquired by her owner in 2012 as just backed and has been produced by Tom since 2013. Tom describes Katya as ‘very independent with a huge jump for a little horse and very feisty cross country. She regularly jumps out of her paddocks and back again because she can’.
Waltham Fiddlers Find is a 15-year-old Dutch-bred gelding. He is by Jetset D out of a mare by the leading jumping sire Lux Z. He was acquired as a recently imported four-year-old and was bought by the family as Tom’s first horse after ponies. Tom has brought him through the grades from Pony Club to four-star.
Waltham Fiddlers Find
16.1hh , bay , gelding
Sire Jetset D
Dam Sabina (Lux)
Breeder PJ Peters
Ian & Sara Jackson, Maidstone, Kent