Edwina Tops-Alexander

Edwina Tops-Alexander



Place of Birth




Junior Club

Avondale pony club


Jan tops

Olympic History

Beijing 2008

London 2012

Rio 2016

Tokyo 2020

Career Events

Equestrian Jumping Mixed Individual

Equestrian Jumping Mixed Team


Edwina's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Equestrian
Event: Show Jumping
Horses Name: Identity Viteroel
Olympic History: Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020
Coach: Jan Tops
Year Born: 1974
State Born: NSW

About Edwina

Edwina Tops-Alexander is known as one of Australia's leading showjumpers and one of the highest ranked female riders in the world. Her journey into the equestrian world was sparked by her neighbours, they owned a barn and would ride their horses on the weekend. As a result this caught Edwina’s interest and by eight-years-old she was riding in her local Pony Club.

Growing up in the North Shore in Sydney, Edwina attended Pymble Ladies College which instilled a solid education for her. However, her family always supported and believed in her riding and gave her every opportunity to further her career.

Once her competition career had started, it was clear that Edwina was destined for great things from her first forays in the sport. Her young career saw her win the coveted Australian Young Rider Championship in 1995. 

In 1998, only three years after winning the highest honours available to a young Australian rider, Edwina decided to move halfway around the world to Europe. She began working and competing for the Belgian rider Ludo Phillippaerts. After several years of working with Ludo Phillippaerts, and competing against world-class riders, she decided to branch out and work on her own.

In 2006, Tops-Alexander was the first Australian to qualify for the final of the World Equestrian Games. She came 4th overall, and along the way won the semifinal - which was impressive enough in itself. Tops-Alexander also won the overall ranking at both the 2011 and 2012 Global Champions Tour (LGCT).

Tops-Alexander has represented Australia at the Olympics on four occasions, at Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2020. She has accumulated two top ten placings from her Olympics appearances.

Another remarkable achievement held by Tops-Alexander was becoming the first rider to win over €1 million in prize money on the LGCT circuit, and in 2018 she won the first-ever Super Grand Prix worth over €2 million in prize money.

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