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<p>Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia riding Caretina de Joter competes at the Global Champions Tour.</p>
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Edwina Tops-Alexander

Edwina Tops-Alexander

Equestrian - Jumping Schedule & Results

(Local) / 01:30 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Individual Final Round B

(Local) / 10:00 AM 19 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Individual Final Round A

(Local) / 10:00 AM 17 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Individual 3rd Qualifier

(Local) / 10:00 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Individual 2nd Qualifier

(Local) / 10:00 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Team Round 1

(Local) / 10:00 AM 14 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Individual 1st Qualifier

(Local) / 10:00 AM 14 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Team Qualifier for Round 1

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Athlete Biography

Edwina Tops-Alexander fell in love with horses at a young age when she began spending afternoons and weekends at her neighbours house where she would watch them ride before she jumped on and never looked back. She went on to be Australia's best junior as she took out the Australian young riders championship in 1995.

Coming in to the 2006 World Championships in Aachen, Germany ranked 35th in the world, she made history by becoming the first female Australian rider to make the final, where she eventually claimed 4th.

Tops-Alexander made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games where she claimed 9th position in the individual event and 7th in the team event for a best Australian result. Her double clear at the competition in Hong Kong was a career highlight.

In 2011, she became the first rider to win one million Euros on the Global Champions Tour, which was set up in 2006 by her husband Jan Tops. She won the Global Champions Tour final in 2011 and 2012. She was the top ranked female rider in the world for over two years.

Tops-Alexander competed at her second Olympic Games in London where she placed equal 20th in the individual and equal 10th in the team jumping competitions, riding Itot du Chateau. She has continued to excel since London and competes in over 40 competitions a year. She has decided to ride Lintea Tequila at the Games and has high hopes for Rio 2016. She is a very popular athlete globally and has 200,000 fans on social media.

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Olympic Information

  • London 20th Individual,10th Team Beijing 9th Individual, 7th Team

Recent Performances

  • 2nd – 2016 Cascais, Estoril CSI5* Global Champions Tour Grand Prix (Estoril, Portugal)
  • 2nd – 2016 Cannes CSI5* Global Champions Tour Grand Prix (Cannes, France)
  • 8th – 2016 Saint Tropez CSI5* Global Champions Tour Grand Prix (Saint Tropez, France)
  • 2nd – 2016 Mexico City CSI5* Global Champions Tour Table A (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • 1st – 2016 Miami CSI5* Global Champions Tour Grand Prix (Miami, Florida)

Career Highlights

  • Winning the Global Champions Tour final two years in a row (2011, 2012).
  • Winning the 5 star GP in Miami (2016)
  • Finishing 4th in the World Championships in 2006

Education

  • Primary
    Pymble Ladies College (NSW, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Pymble Ladies College (NSW, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Physical Education - ACPE (1992-1995)

Training

  • Coach
    Jan Tops (2002 - current)
  • Club
    Stal Tops Valkenswaard, Netherlands
  • Primary Training Base
    Netherlands

Q&A

Personal Motto
Never give up
Most Influential person in your career/life
My husband and my parents.
Why this sport?
I love animals and I'm very competitive so it was a great way to communicate and compete at the same time. It's a very unique sport like no other. Getting into the mind of a horse is very special and requires a lot of feeling and intuition.