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Georgina Bloomberg Returns to Lead 2007 United States Equestrian Team Developing Riders Tour

Written by: Kenneth Kraus / PhelpsSports.com.
Client: Gotham Enterprizes http://www.pegasustr.org/riders-closet/
Release Date: 2007-05-07

New York, NY – May, 7, 2007 – Georgina Bloomberg of New York City will return to lead the 2007 United States’ Show Jumping Developing/Young Rider Tour when it makes three stops in Germany, Finland and Norway during the month of June.

Bloomberg, who got her first international experience on the same tour in 2004, returns in 2007 and will act as a mentor for the other riders because of that valuable international knowledge she has accumulated. Her success along the way led to her being selected as a member of the winning team in the 2005 Samsung Super League event in La Baule, France.

The Chef d’Equipe for the 2007 Show Jumping Developing/Young Rider Tour is Olympic gold medal-winning show jumping rider Melanie Smith Taylor. She will be filling in the duties for George H. Morris who will be directing the Samsung Super League Nations’ Cup Tour at the same time. The riders will compete at the CSI 3* in Pforzheim, Germany, on June 1-3; the CSIO 4* in Hamina, Finland, on June 15-17; and the CSIO 4* in Drammen, Norway, on June 21-24.

“I am really excited about this tour,” Bloomberg said. “It’s a great group of people going, and we’re traveling to a really nice selection of smaller shows. We are all really excited about being on a team together and getting the opportunity to learn from Melanie. The shows we are doing will suit us very well,” she said. “Nobody will be over-faced, but at the same time will give the younger riders a nice, competitive experience.”

Bloomberg talked about the prospect of riding with former Olympic Gold Medalist Melanie Smith Taylor. “I am so excited about the opportunity. I got to know her in Syracuse and have read about her for years. Plus, I’ve always heard positive things about her from George Morris. It’s great to have someone else who might be able to help George out with developing and training the less experienced riders for his senior teams,” she said. “It is always good having another set of eyes to seek talent. I look forward to learning from her and from her experiences, and I know that with her in charge of four young women, we are going to have a lot of fun!”

“It basically shows that a tour like this works to develop riders and give them the experience they need to go on and make a senior team,” Bloomberg said of the value of this tour. “I did the Developing Riders Team in 2004, and that gave me the experience I needed to make the Samsung team in 2005. To be able to come back and be a senior rider on this tour is just another part of developing a career.”

Bloomberg spoke of the two young, rising stars that will join her, and fellow campaigner Eliza Shuford on the tour. “Both Brianne Goutal and Sarah Segal show amazing potential,” she detailed. “They are both extremely accurate riders, but more importantly they are both hard workers and show the characteristics of someone that the USET would want to send to Europe to represent the U.S.”

Bloomberg feels that her previous experience will help these new team members cope with some of the situations they’ll face, other than in competition. “Since both are experienced and comfortable in the ring, I hope to be able to teach them a lot about the shows and life on a U.S. team and what is expected of us outside of the ring,” Bloomberg offered. “There is so much more to being on a team than just what you do on your horse, and you can only learn that through experience. I hope to be able to guide them and help them as much as they need. But then again, I know that both are smart and are going to be great team players.”

“This tour is a crucial next step for anyone coming out of the junior ranks or the young rider ranks, who is looking to compete for the U.S. in the future,” Bloomberg went on to explain. “If you have any dreams of competing in the Olympics, the WEG or any other international competition, you really do need this experience that you gain at the smaller shows, to show the USET what you are capable of, and how you can contribute to a team. Hopefully in the future this tour would be mandatory,” she stressed. “For anyone looking to compete on a senior team, I know it’s an important first step. For me, it provided the experience that I needed to be able to ride on the Samsung Super League.”

The funds for the 2007 USEF Show Jumping Developing Young Rider Tour were raised by the USET Foundation as part of its Campaign to Achieve Competitive Excellence, in addition to its generous commitment of $2.125 million to fund international High Performance equestrian sport this year. The Show Jumping Developing/Young Rider Tour was funded through contributions from individuals who understand the value and importance of providing the international competition experience to the United States’ young talent.

“Funding is important not just for the obvious reasons,” Bloomberg stated. “Without funding for this tour, we would be limiting the people who can learn from an important step like this. If we were to require people to pay for themselves on this tour, we would immediately cut out the majority of people who should have the chance to go,” she said. “Competing in Europe is extremely expensive and there are people who may be high on the computer list here and would be great U.S. representatives on this tour, but simply can't pay their own way. With funding for this tour, no one gets left out and everyone has the opportunity to go.”

Bloomberg, who just recently brought her Gotham North Enterprizes on board as a presenting sponsor at the North American Young Riders Championship (NAYRC), feels that this tour and that major event for rising equestrian talent could be tied together. “There should be a clear-cut route for younger riders to make it in this sport,” she said emphatically. “They need a clear path to follow with 'next steps' along the way. NAYRC helps young riders get their first taste of high level team competition and pressure, and the event helps riders learn the format of a championship,” she noted. “After that, riders need to have a 'next step', a goal to shoot for, and a direction to go in. This Developing Riders Tour should be what riders who are 18-25 should be looking to as that next step, as these shows give a great introduction to the international show scene, and the tour is a way to learn about riding on a team for the United States, the next step up from competing for your Zone.”

Bloomberg has an idea of how to bring the two events even closer together. “I would love to make this tour be a goal for anyone coming out of the NAYRC competition,” she said, “and I think the team could choose one person from every year's NAYRC to be the fifth rider on the next year's Developing Riders tour.”

The riders on this year’s tour will compete at the CSI 3* in Pforzheim, Germany, on June 1-3, the CSIO 4* in Hamina, Finland, on June 15-17; and the CSIO 4* in Drammen, Norway, on June 21-24.

For more information on the Developing/Young Riders Tour and for results from this summer’s competitions please visit www.usef.org.

For more information on the CN North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championships (NAJYRC), please visit www.youngriders.org

Photo Credit: Georgina Bloomberg on the victory gallop following her win at La Baule, France on the Samsung Super League Tour. Photo by Frédéric Chéhu

 

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