A brief meeting with… Edwina Tops Alexander

Edwina Tops Alexander is an Australian show jumper, renowned due to her several winnings in some of the most important shows around the world. Twice winner of the Global Champions Tour in 2011 and 2012, on the well-known Cevo Itot du Château. After winning the Australia Young Riders Championship in 1995, she decided to leave her home country in 1998 to become a better rider. Something she has by far accomplished. She was the first Australian rider to be on the Individual Final at 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen and this past summer, 9th at the Rio Olympic Games with her speedy mare Lintea Tequila.

Heels Down Mag: What’s your favorite show?

Edwina Tops Alexander: Monaco

HDM: 3 things your perfect horse should have

E.T.A.: They should have an adjustable stride, very good instincts and they should be very clever.

HDM: Do you have any kind of routine before showing? If so, what is it?

E.T.A.: No, I just try to go through the course about 3 or 4 times in my head before I go in the ring.

HDM: Define your type of riding in 3 words.

E.T.A.: God, that’s difficult! I’d have to say quite brave I think… I would say I have a good enough position on the horse and… I let the horse jump with a lot of their natural ability.

HDM: What’s your advice for a young rider that is trying to get to the top on this sport?

E.T.A.: I’d say get as much experience as possible, learn from as many people as possible, be very open minded and never give up, live up to your dreams and believe in yourself.

Photo credit : Yasmina Bello Photography

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