British rider Tom McEwen (25), who is based at Gatcombe in Gloucestershire, last competed at Badminton in 2014. He is the reigning Under-25 champion having won the 2016 U25 three-star at Bramham last year with Badminton entry Toledo de Kerser. Last year Tom also won the two-star at Barbury Castle with Joyride.
Tom comes from an equestrian family. His Mother Ali was a showjumper; father, Bobby is senior partner in The Valley Equine Hospital and has worked at Badminton Horse Trials for 30 years. Tom’s uncle John McEwen was Vice President of the FEI for 8 years and is now fills the role of Chairman of the FEI Veterinary Committee.
In 2007 Tom was a member of the British Pony team winning team gold at the Pony European Championships with Dick Taytoe. In 2010 he was a member of the British Young Rider team that won team gold at the European Championships in Pardubice (14th – Major Sweep) and at the end of the 2010 season he was awarded the Edy Goldman Trophy, for the Under-21 rider with the most BE points, as well as the Horse Trials Support Group Young Rider Training Bursary. Tom’s sister, Ella also events and rode for the British Pony Team in 2007 and 2008.
In 2011 he won another Young Rider European team gold at the Championships at Blair Castle (4th – Private Rudolph). In the September of that year he made an impressive four-star debut at Burghley with Dry Old Party winning the best ‘first-timer’ award and at the end of the season retained the Edy Goldman trophy. In 2012 with Diesel Tom won the two-star at Houghton and in 2013 the pair won the U-25 Championships at Bramham. They were subsequently selected for the British Squad for the European Championships (Tom’s first senior championship) in Malmo but Diesel was eliminated at the first horse inspection.
In 2013 Tom made his Badminton debut with Dry Old Party. The pair finished in 19th place and won the prizes for the ‘best placed British rider aged under-25’ and the ‘best newcomer’. In 2014 he became the youngest rider to have qualified two horses for Badminton with Dry Old Party and Diesel.
Tom who trains with Rodney Powell and Alex Franklin enjoys rugby and racing.
Toledo de Kerser, owned by Jane Inns, Ali McEwen and rider, is a 10-year-old Selle Francais gelding with an impeccable jumping pedigree. He is by the World number one showjumping sire Diamant de Semilly out of a mare by the influential sire Papillon Rouge. He was produced as a five-year-old by Sammi Mcleod and Tom took the ride in 2013. In 2014 the pair was second in their first international CCI* and later that year second in the CCI2* in the World Young Horse Championships. Last year Toledo completed his first four-star at Pau.
Toledo de Kerser
16.2hh , bay , gelding
Sire Diamant de Semilly
Dam Ariane du Prieure II (Papillon Rouge)
Breeder Mr Kerstin Drevet
Jane Inns, Wantage, Oxon.,
Ali McEwen, Swindon, Wilts.