In 2012, aged 15, Cathal won individual and team gold at the European Pony Eventing Championship in France. He won two team golds and individual silver at European U18s (2013/2014) as well as European U21 team bronze and fourth individually in 2015. In 2018 he was part of Ireland’s team silver at the World Equestrian Games. In 2019 he won senior individual bronze at the European Championships on Rioghan Rua or ‘Red’ as she is known, Ireland’s first podium place at that level since 1995. In 2020 he was fifth at the World Championships for Young Horses and he is the only rider under 25 years of age in the world’s top 20 eventers. He is based on the Curragh in Kildare and will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo.