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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 9th (individual show jumping), 7th (team show jumping)

Recent Performances

  • 1st (jumping) - 2012 Doha Global Champions Tour (Doha, Qatar)
  • 28th (jumping) - 2011 Abu Dhabi Global Champions Tour (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 2nd (jumping) - 2011 Rio De Janiero Global Champions Tour (Rio De Janiero, Brazil)
  • 4th (jumping) - 2011 Valkenswaard Global Champions Tour (Valkenswaard, Netherlands)
  • 1st (jumping) - 2011 Chantilly Global Champions Tour (Chantilly, France)
  • 7th (jumping) - 2011 Monte Carlo Global Champions Tour (Monte Carlo, Monaco)
  • 1st (jumping) - 2011 Cannes Global Champions Tour (Cannes, France)
  • 7th (jumping) - 2011 Hamburg Global Champions Tour (Hamburg, Germany)

Career Highlights

  • Becoming the first Australian female to compete in the final of the World Championships where I placed 4th.
  • Being the top ranked female rider in the world for over 2 years.
  • Being the first rider to reach the 1 Million Euro milestone on the Global Champions Tour.

Interesting Facts

  • 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.
  • Off the back of Grand Prix victories in Brussels, Valkenswaard, London, Zurich and Cannes, Tops-Alexander made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games where she claimed 9th position in the individual event and 7th in the teams event.
  • In 2011, she became the first rider to win 1 million Euros on the Global Champions Tour, which was set up in 2006 by her husband Jan Tops.
  • Tops-Alexander had an exceptional start to 2012 as she claimed the the Doha Global Champions Tour event after taking out a 7 strong jump-off of which she was the only female. After beginning to get involved with the business side of the sport in 2002, Tops-Alexander met her eventual husband and coach, Olympic gold medallist Jan Tops, buying and selling equestrian horses in Europe. Jan Tops went on to have a total of 16 horses that were at the Beijing Olympics bred at his Stal Tops stables. The pair were married in Monaco in 2011.

Sport

Years on national team

9

Coach

Jan Tops (2002 - current)

Primary Training Base

Netherlands

Club

Stal Tops Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Institute/Academy

NSW Institute of Sport, Sydney

Education

Primary

Pymble Ladies College (NSW, Australia)

Secondary

Pymble Ladies College (NSW, Australia)

Tertiary

Bachelor of Physical Education: Australian College of Physical Education (1992 - 1995)


Equestrian - Jumping Team

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