Edwina Tops-Alexander starts the new season with a victory at Global Champions Tour in Doha
Edwina Tops-Alexander, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s aficionado, set the 2012 Global Champions Tour alight in Doha winning the opening leg on her show jumping superstar Cevo Itot du Chateau. In a dramatic climax to the first Grand Prix of the new season, the reigning 2011 GCT champion beat off her rivals in a high powered seven-strong jump off.
The crucial first Grand Prix of the year marks the start of a very intensive road for Edwina, the world’s No1 female rider, and it will include the London Olympics this summer. “Itot is in great shape. It is his first outdoor show this year. He is 16 years old but he feels fresh and I have had a wonderful show,” said Edwina.
Speaking at the post-event press conference she said: “Titus and all my horses have really been super”. “Going first in the jump off is definitely difficult. I came out of the ring and said ‘I don’t think I am fast enough’. But the horse jumped amazingly and as a rider you are only as good as the horse you are sitting on and he was good.”
About Edwina Tops-Alexander
Born in Sydney, Australia, she had a great success as a young rider in her country. Her outstanding competitiveness motivated her to compete against the best riders, so Edwina decided to come to Europe. As soon as she arrived in the Old continent, she received recognition by winning an impressive number of top class competitions.In the 2000s, Edwina’s career took off as she met Jan Tops, one of the World’s best known trainer and horseman. She took part in the World’s biggest competitions, including the World Championship in Aachen (4th), and Grand Prix in Zurich, Brussels and London.During the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Edwina finished at the superb 9th rank, and since then, she is ranked amongst the top riders in the World. From 2009, she is the highest ranked female rider. In 2009 and 2011, she won the prestigious Global Champions Tour with her legendary horse Itot du Chateau.Currently ranked No. 10 rider in the world and the world’s No1 female rider, she has also been the first rider in the history of the Global Champions Tour to win over €1 million in prize money in one season.