Tom Wachman Tops Veterans in Two-Phase Challenge at the Brussels Stephex Masters CSIO 5*

Tom Wachman (IRL) & Cathalina S during the awards ceremony

Brussels, Belgium – August 24, 2023 – Not long ago, he was competing in the European Championships for ponies. Tom Wachman (IRL) is now just 18 years old, but that didn’t stop him from clinching the first 5*-class of the Brussels Stephex Masters: “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to compete here. I never dared dream that I would win my first 5* event here. In Ireland, we have a lot of horses equestrians. Growing up, there were many chances to compete in pony classes. I believe that’s why I picked up on tackling courses so quickly. My family also breeds racehorses, which might be a factor too (laughs). Of course, the full credit goes to my amazing horse, Cathalina S (Catoki x Sandro). She’s exceptionally fast. Two weeks ago in Dublin, she placed in two speed classes, and earlier, at the junior Europeans, she earned team gold and individual silver. I’m fortunate to have her by my side.”
In the CSIO 5* Grand Prix qualifier, Tom rode Berlux Z (Berlin x Major de La Cour), who also delivered a clear round. The young talent not only has the skills and horses but also a fantastic family and team backing him. Tom said, “This past year, I’ve been trained by Cian O’Connor (IRL). At home, I have an exceptional groom, Margot Florence, who’s also an accomplished flat rider. Cathalina can be quite temperamental, but Margot connects really well with her. She’s a significant part of my success.”

Final Results – Two-Phase Challenge CSIO 5* – 1.40m

1) Tom Wachman (IRL) & Cathalina S – 0 / 0 – 27.39

2) Jos Verlooy (BEL) & Fts Killossery Konfusion – 0 / 0 – 27.97

3) Petronella Andersson (SWE) & Ollister du Lys – 0 / 0 –29.68

Source: Press Release from Brussels Stephex Masters

Photo: © Brussels Stephex Masters