From a country town in outback Australia to making his mark on the equestrian world stage...
Hi Thomas! You're still a young guy and have done remarkably well in the equestrian arena. You must have started at an early age?
I’ve been riding since the age of six. I remember riding around our farm on my first horse Flicker, who was 30 years old, (that’s very old for a horse!), bringing the cows in from the paddock.
So what riding styles have you tried since then, and what made you choose Jumping as a career?
Until the age of 12, I did a bit of everything, from Eventing, Dressage and pony club to Jumping. I had early success in the Jumping ring and never looked back! Horses are a huge part of my family. My father rode at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and my mother rode and competed when she was younger. My sister rode as a junior and my parents have been there every step of the way in my career. It’s a real family-oriented hobby for us.
Describe the feeling you get when Jumping, especially during a competition.
I love the adrenaline rush when I’m in the ring, and the whole process of getting there.
If you were to explain the #TwoHearts connection between the rider and horse to someone who has never ridden before, how would you word it?
It’s great to have such a connection with an animal and the competitive element to it is so much fun. It’s a complete lifestyle and I couldn’t imagine not having horses in my life.
Every horse has its own different personality, so it’s special to be able to bond with each of them. You can both have such huge trust in each other, which is a really amazing and humbling feeling.
You have acheived a lot, but do you have a stand-out memory or achievement?
Winning my first Junior Australian show-jumping title at the age of 12, and again, being the youngest rider to do so.
My stand-out achievement is definitely winning my first World Cup at the age of 17 at Gawler in South Australia, and being the youngest in the world to do so. That is something I’ll never forget.