Coming in to the 2006 World Championships in Aachen, Germany ranked 35th in the world, Edwina Tops-Alexander made history by becoming the first female Australian rider to make the final, where she eventually claimed 4th place.
At the age of 34, Edwina Tops-Alexander made her Olympic debut competing in the team and individual jumping events at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Sydney-born athlete finished in the top 10 in each of her events in Beijing – 7th in the team and 9th in the individual.
In 2011, she became the first rider to win 1 million Euros on the Global Champions Tour, which was set up in 2006 by her husband Jan Tops. She went on to have an exceptional year in 2012 as she claimed the Doha Global Champions Tour event after taking out a 7 strong jump-off of which she was the only female. She was the top ranked female rider in the world for over two years. Tops-Alexander then competed at her second Olympic Games in London where she placed equal 20th in the individual and equal 10th in the team jumping competitions, riding Itot du Chateau.
Four years later in Rio, Tops-Alexander came close to challenging for a medal. She finished equal ninth at the individual show jumping after knocking one rail in the final round of competition.