Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Equestrian Extraordinaire - Edwina Alexander

Her name may not be a household world in the U.S., yet, but likely one day it will be.  An Australian, by birth, now with a clothing line sponsored by Gucci, this woman is the real thing.

Gucci has taken up the reins to sponsor two world-class equestrians, Charlotte Casiraghi (grand-daughter of Grace Kelly) and Edwina, who is currently the number one female show jumper in the world.  She is also the first Australian to make the finals in individual jumping at the World Equestrian Games. 

She was born in 1974 in Sydney and won the Australian young rider championship in 1995.  In 1998 she came to Europe to compete and hasn't looked back (or missed a beat).  She finished 4th in Aachen in the World Championships in 2006 and has since won the Grand Prix in Brussels, Valkenswaard, London, Zurich and Cannes.  She rode in the Beijing Olympics, finishing 9th overall individually and 7th with her team. 

I suspect we will see much more of this rising young star in the years to come, and not just in the Gucci catalog!

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