In an interview in 2021, Tom said: “Toledo’s unbelievably sharp, but he’s gone from being a complete weirdo to this amazing horse.
“You can’t jump him at home – if you try he’ll bolt blind, or refuse to come in a second time or he’ll be like a crouching tiger and press himself to the floor, then go flat out. He’s never done a grid or polework.
“Toledo’s always loved hacking, cross-country and going to events; he’s a born competition horse. He’s learnt to trust me, because I’m the one sat on his back for events – the part he loves – so he let me in. He’s a real show-off and loves an atmosphere; his preference is a big event with more people and fewer horses.
“I always thought he’d be a star. He’s only 48% thoroughbred and people questioned whether such a good jumper would have enough stamina, but I always believed in him because he has so much willingness.”
What senior championship medals has Tom won?
Tom has one senior championship medal, team gold from the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA, where he rode Toledo De Kerser.