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 showjumping circuit and Bobby is Clinical Director at Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn. Tom’s sister Ella also evented and rode for the British Pony Team in 2007 and 2008.
Tom has had the privilege of being on the World Class Development (Podium Potential) Programme. 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, Showjumping and the Paralympic sport of Para-Equestrian Dressage. During the 2011 – 2016 programme it has allowed Tom to receive training, support and expert advice.
Tom was 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, July 2010. Tom finished 14th overall in the competition with Marguerite Boucher and Penelope Buckler’s seventeen year old gelding, Major Sweep. Previous to the Young Rider Europeans, Tom was part of the Gold Medal winning Pony Team in 2007 with his ride Dick Taytoe.
In 2014 Toledo De Kerser, a new ride in 2013, made the move up through the grades from Novice to finish a fine 2nd at the CCI3*-L Young Horse Championship at Le Lion in France. 2016 was a notable year for the McEwen team, in April they moved into Gatcombe Park in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. Tom won the Bramham U25 CCI4*-L on Toldeo De Kerser, whom was also on the nominated entry list for Great Britain as a long listed entry by Team GBR for the Rio Olympics. 2018 was another successful year for Tom and his team. The highlight being Team Gold at WEG, his first time in a senior team with great teammates and an even more incredible horse which was a new experience and a great one. In 2019 Tom claimed his first five-star victory aboard Toledo de Kerser at Pau.