AUSTRALIAN show jumper Edwina Tops-Alexander survived a countback to win the Global Champions Tour title.
It is the second consecutive year Tops-Alexander has won the title.
The 38-year-old two-time Olympian led the 12 event series from the outset and was one of only two riders in contention, equal on points with Swedish rider Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, heading into Saturday's finale in Abu Dhabi.
Both riders encountered difficulty at the same fence, incurring four jumping penalties and, with points tied, the title went to Tops-Alexander on count back thanks to her victory in the opening round in Doha.
Tops-Alexander gave credit to her 16-year-old chestnut stallion Cevo Itot du Chateau after picking up 294,500 euros ($A368,400) in prize money and boosting her GCT earnings to over 2 million euros ($A2.5 million).
The tour win was a big boost after the pair finished a disappointing 20th at the London Olympics.
"I am very happy. My horse Itot has been fantastic," she said.
"He was amazing last year and this year he was even better. It has been a long year and I have to thank my horse as he has been so consistent."
Tops-Alexander was yet to decide if her pint-sized partner will return to defend the title in 2013.
"With Itot the last two years of his career have been the best, so you never know.
"I am fortunate I have a lot of other very good horses coming along that can help Itot.
"This year was a very big year. On top of the GCT he had the Olympics but there is no reason to stop when he is going so well."