While watching the London Olympics coverage over the weekend, the cross to the Equestrian Individual Jumping event reminded me of a visit we had not so long ago – a visit from an Olympian who was right there competing on the screen – Edwina Tops-Alexander.
Who is Edwina Tops-Alexander?
Edwina Tops-Alexander is one of the most highly ranked female jumping riders in the world. Born in Australia, Edwina moved to Holland in 1998 to pursue her jumping career and has achieved great success on the international jumping circuit.
In September 2011 she married Jan Tops in Monaco, and currently resides there.
She is ranked number nine in the world rankings (as at 30 June 2012) – with a highest ranking of 7th. She won the 2011 Global Champions Tour and is world number 6 on FEI Global rankings.
She rates her three biggest achievements so far as:
- 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.
When did Edwina drop by the Parklands?
Below are some photos from the day.
Edwina at the London Olympics
Join us in wishing Edwina all the best for the next round and onwards towards her goal.
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