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 events for fun and rode for the British Pony Team in 2007 and 2008.
Tom has had the privilege of being on the World Class Development (Podium) Programme, since 2011 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 Gold Medal winning Pony Team in 2007 with his ride Dick Taytoe. Tom then followed that up with being a 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.
Since then Tom has stepped up to 5 star level with several of his horses including Diesel,Dry Old Party, Strike Smartly and most notably Toledo de Kerser. He has added two wins in the Under 25 CCI 4 star at Bramham along the way, was selected for the European Championships in Malmo, longlisted for the Rio Olympics and after a 4th spot at Burghley in 2017 on Toledo was selected for the Team GB World Equestrian Games Team in Tryon on 2018.
2019 was one of Tom’s most successful seasons to date with many wins across the board but a simply fantastic ending to the season when Tom and Toledo de Kerser won their first 5* at Pau in the South of France. It harbours well for the Olympics in 2020 and is a real stand alone moment in anyone’s career.
Happily based on the Princess Royal’s Gatcombe estate with a large team of horses ranging from youngsters through to advanced Tom continues to be one of the most talented and much admired riders on the circuit. He is also one of the most popular and is the “go to” rider for pregnant eventers….. Sammi Birch, Zara Tindall and most recently Ros Canter have all selected him to compete their top rides!