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Georgina Bloomberg Wins Three in a Row on U.S. Developing Riders Tour at CSIO in Finland
Georgina Bloomberg and Star Apple won three classes at CSIO Hamina, Finland. Photo
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New York, NY -
June 20, 2007 - New York City's Georgina Bloomberg, anchoring the United States
Equestrian Federation (USEF) Show Jumping Developing/Young Rider Tour, swept to
an extraordinary three victories in a row at the 3rd Annual Hamina
Bastioni Horse Festival CSIO in Hamina, Finland, over the past weekend. In
addition, she was a member of the victorious FEI Nations Cup team that defeated
Denmark, Italy and seven
strong international teams on Sunday.
competing on Gotham Enterprizes' Star Apple, began her winning streak by
cruising to victory in the Six Bar competition on Friday evening. This
competition features six jumps in a row that increase in height and difficulty
with each successive round.
On Saturday, the
winning continued as Bloomberg and Star Apple made it two in a row as they
dashed home as the fastest of twenty-eight horse and rider combinations in the
International 1.40m Speed class.
straight win came in the Master's High Jump class on Saturday afternoon.
started and finished the day with wins on her young horse Star Apple, in the
speed class in the morning and then the Masters High Jump class that evening,
this after winning the six bar the previous night," said Chef D' Equipe Melanie
Smith Taylor. "She was absolutely fantastic."
It is not often
that you find a horse versatile enough to compete and win in such diverse
classes as the High Jump, Six Bar, and the speed class, especially in a 24 hour
period. "Absolutely, that was a nice
surprise," said Bloomberg. "He's a young horse that I'm bringing along, so it
was good for him to be able to do all those things and to learn from all those
different divisions. With the Six Bar, I went in assuming I would just do one
or two rounds and then pull out whenever I thought it got too big, but with
every round that I did, he felt more and more comfortable and it just got
easier and easier for him. We ended up just going until the end. So that was a
really nice surprise," she smiled. "In the Master's High Jump, I wasn't
expecting anything, but everyone else just started dropping like flies and he
kept making it look easier and easier."
was proud of her personal accomplishments in Finland,
she was most proud on the final Sunday in Hamina when the young squad of U.S. riders
stormed to victory in the FEI
Nations Cup of Finland. Bloomberg anchored the young squad despite what could
have been a devastating injury incurred just prior to the competition. "That
was a super, super day," she smiled. "For me, when I got kicked, my first fear
was the Nations Cup and that I wasn't going to be able to ride. I thought I was
much more seriously injured than I actually was. It was very painful, and it
took me a few minutes to really gather myself and to be able to even use my leg
again. I definitely was not at full strength, and I knew that was a huge
disadvantage," she admitted. "It was
really a matter of just getting through the first round, riding the best I
possibly could with my own limitations."
explained, her teammates really came through in the clutch on that final
Sunday. "It's a great thing to be on a team where you can have an off day and
still be supported by the rest of your team and have them carry you when you
need them too. In the end, they really stood up to all of that pressure The
team really kept fighting for it, and that was a great feeling knowing that our
hard work had paid off with a great victory."
Bloomberg, now a
veteran on the international scene, is competing on her fifth U.S. show jumping tour. As the
veteran, she noted how important it is for her fellow teammates, most of whom
are rookies to big time international competition, to get this valuable team
experience. "That's what is absolutely important at all of these shows. We are
in the ring everyday, we're doing all these different classes, but we are there
as a team. Even when we aren't competing in the Nations Cup, there's a pretty
strong understanding amongst our riders on the team that in every class, you're
representing the U.S.
and you're representing yourself," she said. "That's very important. There was
a great, great feeling of sportsmanship on this team."
At 23, Bloomberg
is still one of the team's youngest veterans. "You know it's funny, I didn't feel
like a veteran until I came over to Europe and
showed with people who hadn't been here before. Sometimes you don't realize how
much you've learned and how much experience you've had until someone who hasn't
been here comes to you for help," she expressed. "All of a sudden I realized
how much I have learned from being over here in Europe.
So, yeah, after this I'm beginning to feel a little like a veteran." She added,
"It's nice to know that I've accomplished a lot in the last few years, but I
still have a hunger to do more."
"To be able to see everybody else do well, Sarah
[Segal], Brianne [Goutal], Katherine [Miracle] and Eliza [Shuford], you really
do feel proud. And when you go out there and do well, you feel like you're
representing the U.S. and that's a very nice feeling that you don't get when
you're at home showing against each other," Bloomberg explained.
Riders Tour is very important part of our international development," Bloomberg
stated. "It's something that means a lot to me. It is important to prove to
those that think there is a generation gap, or that we're not developing young
talent, it's vital to prove them wrong and to show that we are ready, and will
be ready to step in to take the place of some of our great veterans riders when
they are ready to move on or retire. One of the questions we were asked at the
press conferences was, 'you guys are in the Super League, why are you here?' We
were all a little taken off guard by that question because for us, yes the Super
League is very important, and that's a number one priority, but at the same
time, it doesn't mean you step back and relax and stop working on developing a
new generation of talent," she said. "That's really where we see ourselves, as
the next step, and we see ourselves as the future generation stepping in and
making sure that as soon as the top people stop riding or if something happens
to their horses, that we're ready to step in and say we're ready. We take pride
in knowing that we're really working for the future of the sport and that we
represent what show jumping will be in America in 20 years."
Chef d' Equipe
Melanie Smith Taylor added, "I think it is such a fantastic idea to send this
group of young riders over here on the Developing Riders tour because it is
such a prerequisite for what they will have to do later on in their careers, in
events like the Super League or World Championships. There's just no way to get
the experience of riding in Nations Cup, except just doing it. And being able to start at these smaller
shows, in the FEI Nations Cup League as opposed to the Super League, it's just
invaluable experience," she said. "You get the exact same feeling - the
tension, the pressure, having to go out and do it right the first time, no
second chances - you get the exact same feeling and experience that they will
need later in their career. These girls really believe they can win, they
believe they can do it because of the support that is there for them. There are
no distractions. They have the confidence in everyone behind them, and everyone
and everything is working for them. Then they have to just go out and focus on
their job in the ring."
looked ahead to this week's competition in Norway. "Drammen will be a little tougher, a little
bigger in scope, and the show will be a little bit bigger. It will be more of a
challenging horse show, but you know we're also coming off a great show
team-wise and individually and we all have a lot of confidence now," she
beamed. "Hopefully we'll carry that over without getting a little silly about
it. We realize that we've done well and we've been great, but we still need to
keep working at it and we can't just waltz in there and assume that because of
Hamina we're going to win at Drammen.
We're starting with a blank slate, but at the same time it's nice to go in with
that confidence and have people kind of respecting us a little bit."
Georgina Bloomberg and Star Apple won three classes at CSIO Hamina, Finland. Photo
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