Edwina Alexander, international show jumper

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    Edwina Alexander is one of the world’s top show jumpers. Born in Australia, she grew up in a non-equestrian household and began riding a neighbour’s horses when she was eight year old.

    At the age of 18, she didn’t have any good horses to compete and considered giving up. But her parents persuaded her to continue and invested in better mounts.

    In her early 20s, she moved to Europe and after spending time working for Ludo Philippaerts she met her partner, Dutch former Olympic team gold medallist Jan Tops.

    When Jan asked her to ride Pialotta, her career changed for the better. She adjusted her riding style and success followed quickly. Together, Edwina and Pialotta finished fourth in the 2006 World Equestrian Games.

    More top horses came and in January 2008, Jan surprised Edwina by buying Itot Du Chateau from Michel Hecart for her to ride.

    The 15.2hh “Itot” jumped the sole double clear with Edwina at the 2008 Olympic Games and has helped secure her a place at this year’s World Cup final in Las Vegas.

    The success Edwina has had with Itot, as well as Late Night 16 and Isovlas Socrates this year, has her currently ranked fourth in the World.

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