Wednesday 3rd May
Sunday 7th May, 2023


British rider Tom McEwen (30) is the 2020 Olympic Team gold and individual silver medallist. He has six Badminton completions under his belt he was seventh here in 2018 with his Olympic partner Toledo De Kerser also entered this year and in 2019 the pair was 11th. Tom is currently 4th in the World FEI rider ranking (21/03/22). Last year with CHF Cooliser he was 2nd at Pau (the horses first 5*). Badminton is a first at the level for Bob Chaplin.

Tom is based at Gatcombe in Gloucestershire. He is a former Under-25 national champion and has represented GB at Pony, Junior and Young Rider level.

Tom comes from an equestrian family. His Mother Ali was a showjumper and father Bobby, is a senior partner at The Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn and has worked at Badminton horse trials for 30 years. His Uncle, John McEwen, was Vice President of the F.E.I. for eight-years and is currently Chairman of F.E.I. 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’. The following year he was the youngest rider to have qualified two horses for Badminton (Dry Old Party and Diesel).

Tom who trains with Ferdi Eilberg and Tina Fletcher enjoys rugby and racing

CHF Cooliser owned by Vicky Bates and David Myers is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare. Bred in Ireland by Raymond Carroll she is by Womanizer out of a mare by Ramiro B. She was acquired by Tom as a three-year-old. Last year she was 3rd at Millstreet (CCI4*) and 2nd at Pau 5* her first at the level.

Toledo de Kerser owned by Alison McEwen, Fred and Penny Barker and Jane Inns, is a 15-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. Toledo completed his first four-star at Pau in 2016 – three years later the pair won the French event. He partnered Tom to team gold and individual silver at the 2020 (2021) Olympic Games.



Toledo De Kerser

SF, France, 2007
16.2hh , bay , gelding

Sire Diamant De Semilly

Dam Ariane du Prieure II (Papillon Rouge)

Breeder Mrs Kerstin Drevet

Owner(s): Alison McEwen
Fred & Penny Barker
Jane Inns

Notable Results

2021 – Pau CCI5* 2nd CHF Cooliser

2021 – Blenheim CCI4*L 9th Bob Chaplin

2021 – Blair Castle CCI4* 7th CHF Cooliser, ret Bob Chaplin

2021 – Tokyo OG 2nd Toledo De Kerser

2021 – Millstreet CCI4* L 3rd CHF Cooliser

2021 – Bicton CCI4*L 30th Bob Chaplin

2021 – Bicton  CCI4*S 1st Toledo De Kerser

2021 – Aston Le Walls CCI4*S 3rd Toldeo De Kerser

2021 – Little Downham CCI3* 1st Bob Chaplin

2020 – Pau CCI5*L 5th Toledo De Kerser

2019 – Pau CCI5*L 1st Toledo De Kerser

2017 – Burghley CCI4* 4th Toledo de Kerser

2017 – Cappoquin CCI3* 1st Strike Smartly

2017 – Chatsworth CIC3* 1st Strike Smartly

2016 – Barbury Castle CIC2* 1st Joyride

2016 – Bramham CCIU253* 1st Toledo de Kerser

2014 – Le Lions CH-M-YH CCI2* 2nd Toledo De Kerser

2014 – Tattersalls CCIU252* 2nd Rehy USA

2013 – Bramham CCIU253* 1st Diesel

2012 – Osberton CCIYH2* 1st Rehy USA

2012 – Malmo CH-EU-Y-2* 23rd DHI Lupison

2012 – Houghton Hall CCI2* 1st Diesel

2011 – Burghley CCI4* 19th Dry Old Party

2011 – Blair Castle CH-EU-YR2* 4th Private Rudolph

2010 – Pardubice CH-EU-YRC2* 14th Major Sweep

2007 – Freudenberg CH-EU-P 4th Dick Taytoe


2019 – 11th Toledo De Kerser

2018 – 7th Toledo De Kerser, 27th Strike Smartly

2017 – 11th Toledo de Kerser

2014 – 31st Diesel

2013 – 19th Dry Old Party