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Georgina Bloomberg Wins It All! New York City Rider Wins $100,000 Tavern
On The Green Metropolitan Cup And $50,000 Liberty Cup At Metropolitan
National Horse Show
Georgina Bloomberg and Nadia
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NEW YORK, NY - November 6, 2004 - "It was my day," said Georgina
Bloomberg of New York City, after claiming victory in the $100,000
Tavern on the Green Metropolitan Cup and the $50,000 Liberty Cup at the
evening session of the Metropolitan National Horse Show at Pier 94 in
Both competitions were held over three days, November 4, 5, and 6, in a
modified World Cup format in which faults were carried over from each
performance. For her win in the Metropolitan Cup, Bloomberg was also
awarded the Whitney Stone Memorial Challenge Trophy donated by the late
Mrs. Whitney Stone.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in the audience to watch his
daughter ride to both victories and congratulate her. "He was just happy
to see me go and see me do well," beamed Bloomberg.
In the past three nights of competition, the 21-year-old college student
rode three of her horses, Lumina 2, Nadia, and Action, all owned by
Gotham Enterprizes, in a total of 11 jumping courses and posted 10 clear
rounds. "I find once you have one under your belt you go off of it and
the self confidence helps, so I find they're easier to put together,"
she said. "Self confidence is probably the number one thing you can go
into the ring with."
In the evening's featured class, Round 3, the $25,000 Two Round Final,
19 riders competed. Bloomberg came into the competition in a three-way
tie for third position, carrying three faults forward from Rounds 1 and
2. Bloomberg had placed 11th in the Round 1 $25,000 Speed Class on
Thursday with Lumina 2, and she won the $25,000 Jump-Off class on Friday
with Nadia. In Round 3, the riders jumped a first round course, faults
incurred were added to their tallies, and then the top 12 moved forward
to a shortened jump-off course. Bloomberg went clean in both rounds, but
her overall tally of three faults kept her tied with Kent Farrington of
Chicago, Illinois, and his mount Madison owned by Alexa Weeks.
To break the tie, Bloomberg and Farrington went head-to-head in another
jump-off. Farrington had the first two rails down, adding eight faults
for a final score of 11 faults, which placed him second in the class.
Bloomberg put in yet another clean trip to win the Round 3, $25,000 Two
In the final placings for the $100,000 Tavern on the Green Metropolitan
Cup, Bloomberg clinched her victory with a total tally of 3 faults.
Farrington placed second overall with 11 faults. There was a two-way tie
for third place in the overall standings before the Bloomberg/Farrington
showdown, with Peter Pletcher of Magnolia, Texas, riding Charmed for
owner Alex Dillard finishing with eight faults, as did Laura Linback of
Mundelein, Illinois, riding Quintin for Woodrun Farm.
Tonight's top 12 competitors divided an additional $25,000 based on
overall rankings. Georgina Bloomberg earned a total of $23,000 for her
participation in the Metropolitan Cup.
Georgina Bloomberg And Action Win $50,000 Liberty Cup
Earlier in the evening, Georgina Bloomberg riding Action won the Round
3, $12,500 Two Round Final, which clinched the victory for her in the
$50,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Liberty Cup.
Bloomberg had placed second in the $12,500 Speed Class on Thursday and
won the $12,500 Jump-Off Class on Friday, so as the highest-ranking
rider going into Round 3, she carried no faults.
Twenty-five riders attempted Linda Allen's tough first round course of
12 jumps. Only six riders cleared the course and did not add any more
faults to their tally. The format called for the top 12 riders to return
for the Jump-Off, but with ties, a total of 14 riders moved on to the
Bloomberg rode a fairly conservative jump-off round with Action. "In a
jump-off or speed run with him, I really tend to take a lot of risks and
go for it, but today I really protected the clear rounds because I was
going in with something to lose as opposed to the other way around," she
explained. "I knew that if I had a rail I would be tied and we'd have to
jump-off so I was really just trying to jump clear rounds."
The $12,500 Two Round Final ended in a three-way tie for first place
when three riders all put in double-clear performances - Bloomberg with
Action; Carolyn Kelly of New York, New York, riding Blast for River's
Edge Farm; and Natalie Johnson of Greenwich, Connecticut, aboard Calino
de Lezeaux for owner Brooke Johansen. But in the overall rankings,
finishing with a total of zero faults, Bloomberg claimed victory in the
$50,000 Liberty Cup. There was a tie for second place in the overall
rankings. Danielle Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, aboard Lojano had
eight faults, as did Blythe Marano of Denville, New Jersey, with River.
"It means a lot to really earn it as opposed to getting it by somebody
else messing up," Bloomberg said.
Bloomberg trains with Jimmy Doyle and credited him, her office Manager
Tracy Brindle, and her barn staff for their help in her success as a
rider. "The team that I have behind me is absolutely better than anybody
could ask for, from Jimmy to everyone at the barn," she said. "The
emotional support team and the support team of the horses is incredible.
I haven't been able to ride as much as I would really like to with
school. I haven't been able to give it as much mentally and physically
as I 'd really like to, and they have been so supportive and always have
the horses ready for me. They always understand when I can't be there.
Honestly couldn't do any of this without them."
During the intermission between the Liberty Cup and Metropolitan Cup
competitions, dressage Olympian Belinda Nairn-Wertman performed a Grand
Prix Freestyle exhibition riding her Friesian stallion Goffert. This duo
is currently ranked 18th in the 2005 US League Final Rankings. Goffert
is the only Friesian stallion in the United States competing at this
Maggie Jayne And Jubulent Win $25,000 Open Jumper
This year's Metropolitan National Horse Show also offered two $25,000
Open Jumper classes. Wrapping up the daytime session of the show, Maggie
Jayne, 20, of Elgin, Illinois, marked her debut in the Open Jumpers in
indoor competition by claiming victory in the $25,000 Open Jumper class
riding Jubulent owned by Alex R. Jayne.
Maggie bested a field of 15 horses. Her brother Charlie Jayne rode
Champion, also owned by Alex R. Jayne, to second place. Ragan Roberts of
Carversville, Pennsylvania, aboard Narew for owner Jennifer Hoctor took
the third place slot.
Course designer Linda Allen designed the track that required riders to
jump 14 efforts within 79 seconds; those who went clear immediately
tackled the shortened Jump-off course of six elements with Time Allowed
set at 38 seconds.
Eight riders managed to move on to the jump-off, with five of them
posting clean trips. Maggie Jayne and Jubulent set the pace as the
second rider to go clean, clocking in at 31.07. Only Charlie Jayne was
able to come close - going last in the order with Champion he cleared
the course in 31.66 seconds for second place. Ragan Roberts and Narew
took third place with a clear round in 32.43.
Jubulent is a 12-year-old Belgian gelding that Maggie has been riding
for three years. "He was my junior jumper and I just started doing grand
prix the past two years," said Maggie, who rides as a professional. "I
just wanted to have a good solid clean round. He's naturally really fast
so he was just fast on his own," she said of her winning jump-off time.
"I've done the Juniors a lot here, but never in the Opens at the
Metropolitan or any indoors before. This is my first week competing
indoors in the Open Jumpers."
For complete results of The Metropolitan National Horse Show, visit
The Metropolitan National Horse Show
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action, November 3-7, 2004, at Pier 94 and the Show Piers on the Hudson in
New York City. Tickets and passes are available in a variety of packages
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