14 March 2024

Celebrating the Legacy of Itot du Chateau: A Tribute on His 28th Birthday

Celebrating the Legacy of Itot du Chateau: A Tribute on His 28th Birthday

In the world of equestrian sports, certain partnerships transcend time, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of enthusiasts worldwide. 

Among these legendary duos stands the remarkable bond between Edwina Tops-Alexander and her renowned steed, Itot du Chateau, affectionately known as 'Toti'. As the equestrian world celebrates the 28th birthday of this extraordinary horse, it's an opportune moment to reflect on the profound impact Itot has had on the sport and the enduring legacy he leaves behind.

Born on this day twenty-eight years ago, the small but mighty 15.2hh Itot du Chateau emerged into the world with an competitive spirit that would later captivate audiences around the globe. The French bred gelding quickly rose through the ranks under the expert guidance of husband and wife duo, Jan Tops and Edwina Tops-Alexander, after purchasing him in 2007, ultimately forging a partnership that would redefine excellence in show jumping.

Throughout his illustrious career, Itot du Chateau showcased unparalleled agility, and determination, earning countless victories at the highest levels of competition. From the bustling arenas of the Longines Global Champions Tour to the prestigious stages of the Olympic Games, Itot and Edwina drew in a wide realm spectators around their globe with their successes, including winning the Longines Global Champions Tour Championship in both 2011 and 2012.

Edwina Tops-Alexander often spoke of Itot's remarkable intelligence, sensitivity, and unwavering trust, emphasizing the deep bond that united them both in the pursuit of greatness.

Every time he went in the ring, he wanted to do his best. He never, ever wanted to let me down.
- Edwina Tops-Alexander

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He has a big heart, a great mind and he could do everything. I had a great feeling from the moment I was there in the stable with him.
- Edwina Tops-Alexander

As Itot du Chateau celebrates his 28th birthday, it's a poignant moment to honour his legacy and the profound impact he has had on the equestrian community. While his competitive days may be behind him, his spirit lives on in the green fields of Stal Tops in Valkenswaard, NL, as well as in the hearts of all who had the privilege of witnessing his grace in the arena.

To Edwina Tops-Alexander, Itot du Chateau was more than just a horse – he was a once-in-a-lifetime companion, a cherished friend, and a source of boundless inspiration. 

Happy 28th birthday, Itot du Chateau – may your legacy continue to shine brightly, illuminating the path for future generations of equestrian excellence.

Hall of Fame: Itot du Chateau

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Jan Tops - Founder & President