Alexandra Toft on track to success
AT just 14, Alexandra Toft can lay claim to a travel history to make even the most adventurous of backpackers jealous.
Welcome to the life of an equestrian globetrotter and in this case, a Marburg teenager who is quickly treading the same path as her world championship gold-medal winning parents.
Alexandra rattles off the countries she has visited like the places you stop over on a weekend drive.
There’s Italy and the United Arab Emirates from the time her parents Peter and Penny Toft were regulars on the international equestrian scene.
Most recent was a two-week sojourn to Hungary in September when Alexandra competed in her first World Youth and Junior Endurance Championship.
Up against competitors as old as 21, Alexandra surpassed even the loftiest of expectations to complete the challenging 120km course in 17th position.
“Definitely going to Hungary has been the highlight ... it was amazing,” Alexandra said.
“All of the horses were very well prepared and it was a great experience.”
While Alexandra is no stranger to sitting high on the saddle – she started doing local 20km rides at the age of seven – this is the West Moreton Anglican College student’s first year of competitive riding.
As a result, Alexandra became the first endurance competitor to receive the Equestrian Queensland Junior Sports Star of the Year award on the Gold Coast last month.
Breeding goes a long way to picking a champion horse and the same can be said of Alexandra’s lineage.
In five world titles, mum Penny collected a gold, silver and bronze in team’s competition while dad Peter has three world championship appearances on his resume.
Alexandra also credits a lot of her success to her horse Bremervale Justice who, at 17 years of age, is synonymous with the Tofts.
“He was mum’s horse. She rode all her world championships on him so he’s very special to our family,” Alexandra said. “It’s very important to get to know your horse before the event to know what to expect.”
For now Alexandra – who is ranked No. 8 on the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) world rankings – is content to put her feet up before resuming competitive riding at an FEI qualifying event in February at Fernvale.
With such a strong affinity to horses, Alexandra wanted to be a vet for as long as she can remember.
However, medicine of the human kind is now on the agenda.
“I’ve always wanted to be a vet but my grandfather is a neurologist so I want to do something with the brain,” she said.