Julia Tops

Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Birthdate: 12/24/1997
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Occupation: Student
Coach: Jan Tops and Tani Zeidler
Stable: Stal Tops and Zeidler Farm Canada
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Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Julia Tops is the daughter of Canadian Show Jumping Team veteran Tani Zeidler and Jan Tops, Olympic gold medalist for The Netherlands.  Given the combined talent of her parents, it is little wonder that Julia excels in show jumping.

In 2011, Julia won the CET Medal Western Regional Final during the BCHJA Fall Finale in Vancouver, BC.  That same year, she competed in her first grand prix, finishing ninth aboard Zebu in the $10,000 Wise Equine Grand Prix during the Milner Downs Summer Classic III in Langley, BC.  Julia continued her junior career by earning impressive jumper results at shows across North America, including the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, and Spruce Meadows in her hometown of Calgary, AB, as well as on the Global Champions Tour in Europe.

Julia graduated as a First Class Honours student from Calgary’s Strathcona Tweedsmuir School before attending Trinity College at the University of Toronto.  While studying at the University of Toronto, Julia served as co-chair of the school’s G7 Research Group and as a compliance director for its G20 Research Group in addition to being a member of the Delta Delta sorority.  Julia graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2019 with degrees in International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies.  She will be attending the prestigious London School of Economics in the fall of 2019.

Balancing riding with her studies, Julia currently competes with Sire One, a horse acquired in 2017 from Brazil’s Yuri Mansur; India Blue ZF, one of the first products of the Zeidler Farm breeding program; and Delacroix AS, an Oldenburg gelding that joined Julia’s string in June of 2018.

Given her drive to succeed as both a competitor and a student, it was no surprise that leading equestrian apparel company, Kingsland, selected Julia to be its first sponsored junior rider in North America in 2013.  Julia is also proudly sponsored by Amerigo Saddles, Parlanti, and Samshield.

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Julia Tops

Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Birthdate: 12/24/1997
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Occupation: Student
Coach: Jan Tops and Tani Zeidler
Stable: Stal Tops and Zeidler Farm Canada
Social Media

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Julia Tops is the daughter of Canadian Show Jumping Team veteran Tani Zeidler and Jan Tops, Olympic gold medalist for The Netherlands.  Given the combined talent of her parents, it is little wonder that Julia excels in show jumping.

In 2011, Julia won the CET Medal Western Regional Final during the BCHJA Fall Finale in Vancouver, BC.  That same year, she competed in her first grand prix, finishing ninth aboard Zebu in the $10,000 Wise Equine Grand Prix during the Milner Downs Summer Classic III in Langley, BC.  Julia continued her junior career by earning impressive jumper results at shows across North America, including the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, and Spruce Meadows in her hometown of Calgary, AB, as well as on the Global Champions Tour in Europe.

Julia graduated as a First Class Honours student from Calgary’s Strathcona Tweedsmuir School before attending Trinity College at the University of Toronto.  While studying at the University of Toronto, Julia served as co-chair of the school’s G7 Research Group and as a compliance director for its G20 Research Group in addition to being a member of the Delta Delta sorority.  Julia graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2019 with degrees in International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies.  She will be attending the prestigious London School of Economics in the fall of 2019.

Balancing riding with her studies, Julia currently competes with Sire One, a horse acquired in 2017 from Brazil’s Yuri Mansur; India Blue ZF, one of the first products of the Zeidler Farm breeding program; and Delacroix AS, an Oldenburg gelding that joined Julia’s string in June of 2018.

Given her drive to succeed as both a competitor and a student, it was no surprise that leading equestrian apparel company, Kingsland, selected Julia to be its first sponsored junior rider in North America in 2013.  Julia is also proudly sponsored by Amerigo Saddles, Parlanti, and Samshield.