Georgina Bloomberg Maps Out Extensive European Tour
New York, NY - - April 28, 2009 - - With her eye on the prize of a coveted slot at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, Georgina Bloomberg of New York City has mapped out a challenging nine stop tour of some of Europe's finest equestrian events for the 2009 summer show season.
Bloomberg, one of the nation's most competitive show jumping riders, is on the comeback trail following a disappointing season in 2008. Her return to glory began successfully this winter when she and her new mount, the 11-year-old French mare Street of Diamonds, triumphed over eighty-six of the world's best show jumpers to win the $30,000 Braman Motorcars WEF Challenge Cup at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Bloomberg defeated the second largest starting field in the twenty year history of that event.
Street of Diamonds will be one of eight horses that will travel to Europe beginning on May 21 in Germany. Speaking of her new mare, Bloomberg said, "I haven't had a horse that's been my type of horse in quite a while. I've had horses that could go clear, but I haven't had one that can really run in the jump-off till Street of Diamonds," she said. "I'm very optimistic about her chances as we continue to get to know each other better. I've worked really hard for the last two years and I feel like it's going to pay off, especially with this horse."
Joining Street of Diamonds on the European tour this will be Curius, Star Apple, Metropolitan, Midtown du Tillard, Radio City, Empire State and Fiedi 3.
The competition plan for this summer is an aggressive one, and includes stops at some of the toughest equestrian events in Europe.
Bloomberg will begin in Munich, Germany, on May 21-24, and then move on to other German competitions in Wiesbaden (May 28-31), Spangenberg (June 4-7), Balve (June 11-14), and finally to Norten Hardenberg (June 18-21).
So what are the rewards for going head to head with the best riders of Europe?
"There are no immediate advantages with the competition being so tough over there," Bloomberg said. "But I think what I learn there, and the experience I gain, really pays off when I get back to the United States in the fall. We don't go over there to escape competition, we go there to confront it, and become all the better for it."
"The first five shows in Germany are all shows that I have done before. I like them because they are well organized, the competition is high, and they are obviously convenient to where we are based near Frankfurt," Bloomberg detailed.
Following the tough tour of Germany, Bloomberg takes a two week break before returning for four more shows in Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. She will compete at Estoril, Portugal (July 9-12), La Coruna, Spain (July 16-19), Ascona, Switzerland (July 23-26) and wrap up the campaign in Gijon, Spain (July 30- Aug 2).
While the first part of the tour will be familiar, that won't be the case when Bloomberg returns to action in Portugal in July. "On the final leg, Ascona is the only show at which I've competed. I wanted to try a few new events. The new ones are all beautiful locations, in addition to being first class competitions," she said.
Leaving the summer shows in the United States behind has become fairly routine for Bloomberg and doing so has paid off with a number of top-notch international victories over the past few years. In 2007, she was a member of the winning United States show jumping teams in Hamina, Finland and in Falsterbo, Sweden. She was also 4th in the Queen's Cup at Hickstead, and the highest placed American in the Dublin Grand Prix. In 2005, Bloomberg was a key member of the winning United States Samsung Super League team in La Baule, France.
While Bloomberg has competed for the United States on eight Nations Cup teams, she didn't receive the call for this year's teams. But, as she points out, she'll be nearby and will be ready to roll into action if called upon. "I would love to be a part of a team. Being on a team and competing for my country is my favorite thing in the world," she smiled. "This year, I have been working my way back up the computer list, but wasn't high enough to be named."
A computer ranking system is used to select the riders that represent the United States on various tours of Europe and in Canada and South America. "All of that being said," Bloomberg added, "if at any time they need me and ask me to compete, I will be there!"
Bloomberg continues to build on a very promising winter tour in Florida that produced a number of victories with her younger horses; those in addition to that primetime win by Street of Diamonds. "I was happy with the winter season. I had a lot of success with my younger horses, and I managed to move some of them up a level, which was a stated goal of mine. My plan was to gain some confidence on them over the bigger jumps. I now have three horses that I think will be doing the Grand Prix classes by next year," she explained. "And I have another younger horse that I have high hopes for in the future too."
"It's been a lot of fun," Bloomberg said of her season so far. "Of course it's always more fun when your horses are going well, but this year has been so much different. I've really dedicated myself and worked really hard. The horses have been going really well, and we've been feeding off each others' energy. That's always a great feeling," she said.
Bloomberg promotes the exciting sport of show jumping sponsored by Audi, Ariat, Heritage Gloves, and County Saddles. She is on the board of the Equestrian AID Foundation, a member of the USEF Developing Riders Committee, the Equine Drugs and Medications Committee and is part of the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program. Bloomberg also writes a monthly column for Equestrian Lifestyle Magazine.
She started a unique and resourceful charity in 2006 named "The Rider's Closet," a program that encourages competing riders to donate used riding clothes that are then distributed to riders in need and to intercollegiate riding programs.
Bloomberg's Gotham North recently signed on for the third year as the Presenting Sponsor for the North American Junior Young Riders Championship.
A student of New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Bloomberg is studying Sports Business and Marketing, and Studio Arts.
Photo Credit: Georgina Bloomberg aboard Curius at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida and at the press conference following her win in the $30,000 Braman Motorcars WEF Challenge Cup. Photos ©2009 Kenneth Kraus. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release.
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