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The Next Hurdle: Edwina Tops-Alexander's Leap from Equestrian Champion to Jewellery Designer

Champion equestrian Edwina Tops-Alexander, known for her discipline and passion that led her to win numerous titles, is venturing into a new arena: designing an exquisite jewellery collection aimed at inspiring others to pursue their ambitions. "The day I'm afraid is the day I'll stop," Edwina declares, emphasizing the importance of a strong mindset and fearlessness in achieving success, a philosophy she has applied both in her sport and now in her latest project.

At 48, the accomplished showjumper has a legendary focus and mastery mindset that has propelled her to the highest echelons of the sport, becoming the first Australian to compete in the individual final of the World Equestrian Games in 2006. Her four-year-old daughter, Chloe, seems to have inherited her mother's resilience, eager to ride again even after a fall.

‘Believing in yourself is so important and that’s the thought process that has gone into this collection. I hope others can relate to that and feel inspired’

From her base in Monaco, Edwina balances a packed schedule that includes riding, scouting future champions, managing the operations of Stal Tops with her husband, and finalizing her new equestrian-inspired fine jewellery range. This venture into fashion builds on her previous roles as an ambassador and consultant for luxury brands, blending her passion for fashion and equestrianism.

The upcoming jewellery collection, named Toti after one of Edwina's most special horses, embodies the values of embracing ambitions. It includes durable, everyday pieces designed to seamlessly integrate with any wardrobe, reflecting Edwina's preference for discreet, simple designs that tell a story.

Edwina's connection to Itot du Château, her "heart horse", highlights the deep bonds and achievements shared between a rider and their horse. This partnership, marked by overcoming challenges and achieving great success, symbolizes the essence of the collection's inspiration.

Scaling the heights of grand prix show jumping requires not only talent and dedication but also substantial financial support. Edwina's journey from Australia to Europe, armed only with determination and a modest sum, underscores the formidable challenges faced by those without deep pockets. Yet, her belief in the power of mindset and self-belief has been crucial to her success, a message she hopes to convey through her jewellery collection.

The collection, featuring pieces in 18-carat gold and diamonds, incorporates symbolic design elements like a bit for connection and a horseshoe for strength and stability. A portion of the profits will support a foundation providing equine therapy, reflecting Edwina's commitment to giving back to the community and linking with similar organizations worldwide.

Edwina Tops-Alexander's transition from equestrian champion to jewellery designer illustrates her unwavering belief in the importance of pursuing one's goals, a principle she hopes will inspire others through her latest endeavor.

Source: WISH Magazine, 2022 Watch & Jewellery