NSWIS athlete Edwina Tops-Alexander was crowned the Global Champions Tour (GCT) 2011 champion over the weekend at the final in Abu Dhabi, collecting an impressive prize purse of 300,000 Euros.
Tops-Alexander’s consistent performance throughout the Tour saw her on top of the ladder on 238 points heading into the final, with the 2011 title challenge coming down to just the Australian and German Ludger Beerbaum on 218.50 points.
It was an unpredictable finale with Berrbaum and Chaman coming unstuck in the treble combination in the first round, retiring soon after. Edwina and Cevo Itot du Chatea, later had two fences down and although she did not go through to the second round of the Grand Prix she had done enough to take out the title.
“I’m very happy with my performance over the past season and although my result today was not the strongest, I was still on the podium in first place. Consistency has certainly been the key to my success,” said an elated Tops-Alexander in Abu Dhabi.
“I am so happy for the great horse Itot is. He has had a very good year. I felt positive coming to Abu Dhabi because I had such a strong lead in the Global Champions Tour ranking. The huge pressure of competing in the grand final eased when Ludger retired during his round.
“I knew I had won before I went into the ring. I gave my horse a break before and he was maybe a bit fresh and I should have jumped another class. But with the results I have had I definitely can’t complain,” she said.
Winning two rounds of the GCT in Cannes and Chantilly, as well as having minor placings throughout the tour, Tops-Alexander was also the first rider on the tour to accumulate 1 million Euros in prizemoney.
Ranked the number one female rider in the world, Tops-Alexander now has her sights firmly set on the 2012 London Olympic Games with the win giving her the boost she needs as the countdown to the Games heats up.
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