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Photo Credits: Georgina Bloomberg on Cim Christo in the FEI Nations Cup in Sweden.

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Georgina Bloomberg’s Two Clear Rounds Key Nations Cup Win in Sweden

Written by: Kenneth Kraus
Client: Gotham Enterprizes
Release Date: 2007-07-24

New York, NY - July 24, 2007 - The United States Equestrian Team notched another victory on the FEI Nations Cup summer tour, the latest victory coming in the team competition at the show in Falsterbo, Sweden. It was the second win in four tries in 2007 for the team, anchored by New York City’s Georgina Bloomberg.

Bloomberg’s teammates included Eliza Shuford, Brianne Goutal and Molly Ashe-Cawley, and the team Chef d’ Equipe was Melanie Smith Taylor.

For this impressive win, the United States squad defeated show jumping teams from six other nations, including Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Italy, The Netherlands, and Ireland. Following the two rounds of action, a competition that saw Bloomberg produce one of only three double clear performances on the day, the United States advanced to a tiebreaker against Denmark. In the tiebreaker, Brianne Goutal riding Onira secured the win for the United States with a clean round in the jump-off, beating Lars Bak Andersen of Denmark.

Germany finished third with 16 faults, followed by the hometown team from Sweden in fourth place with 24, and Italy was fifth, picking up a total of 28 faults. Sixth place went to the team from The Netherlands with 36, and seventh place went to Ireland, who with 20 faults failed to advance out of the first round of competition.

For Bloomberg, this was her third Nations Cup victory for the United States in only eight international appearances, an exceptional percentage for a rider only 24 years of age.

“We knew we were up against a lot of tough teams, so while we felt confident, we didn't expect this win,” admitted Bloomberg following the playing of the U.S. National Anthem in the arena in Sweden. “After Eliza went in the first round, we thought that that was it, we were going to have to fight to even place, but things started changing slowly and then when it came down to the last few riders in the second round we started to realize that we had a chance of being in the top three. We actually didn't realize that we had a chance of winning until after the last rider went in the second round, and then we all freaked out!” Bloomberg laughed.

“We decided to go with Brianne for the jump off, and she rode it perfectly and was just quick enough that the Danish rider had to be fast to beat her. He ended up overdoing it and he pulled a rail behind,” detailed Bloomberg. “And then we all just exploded with emotion because we hadn't been expecting this win, and it was such a great surprise!”

“The girls came back determined and fighting with that ‘never say die’ spirit that I love so much!” said Chef d’ Equipe Melanie Taylor. “Georgina kept it together and didn't ease off, riding her first double clear ever in a Nations Cup. I told her there are fewer better feelings than that, and she agreed. It was a great accomplishment for her.”

Bloomberg, whose two clear rounds were the key to the U.S. win, said, “I was really happy with my horse, he jumped great, and I felt confident with my riding, but Falsterbo was a perfect example of how each member of a team is important. You have to come together as a team, not just worry about yourself, and we did just that, and it paid off. It’s a great morale booster for the U.S. for the next few shows, and has given Molly and me more confidence to be a part of the next two teams.”

Bloomberg, along with teammate Molly Ashe-Cawley, now move up to the highest level of international team competition as they join the United States Super League team for two shows in Hickstead, England, this week, and in Dublin, Ireland, on August 8-12.

“Moving on to the Super League is a big deal for me,” smiled Bloomberg. “It’s an honor to be a part of any U.S. team, but to be counted on to help the U.S. come out of a desperate situation is a whole new level.”

The Super League team in mired in the basement of the standings with only three events remaining on the 2007 schedule. A last place finish would relegate the United States out of the Super League, forcing them to win their way back on the FEI Nations Cup tour.

“This Super League team has a much more difficult situation on their hands, with a lot more pressure than in the past. We have to pull through or we will all be feeling the consequences, possibly for the next few years,” confessed Bloomberg. “Getting back into the Super League will be more difficult for us than any other country, so it’s imperative that we don't get relegated out. I have spoken briefly with a few other members of the team, and they all feel the same way. We have to do everything we can to make sure that we are in the Super League next year,” she said.

How confident is Bloomberg that the United States team can move out of last place? “I really do think we can get out of last place,” she said. “But we will really have to fight to get the job done.”

Further ahead on Bloomberg’s agenda is the 2008 United States Show Jumping Olympic team. “I will be aiming towards the Olympic team with Cim Christo. He has done the Olympics before and would be my best shot right now. This Nations Cup competition is very important for my chances at the Olympics because it advances my riding experience and lets the United States Equestrian Team see that I can be a reliable team rider and can compete over the bigger tracks.”

“I've really been able to see just how much I have learned by coming to Europe the last few years, and how much it has helped me as a rider. I learn something new at every show, and this 2007 experience has let me feel like I am no longer a rookie here, but I still have a lot more to learn,” Bloomberg disclosed. “I am looking forward to coming back, but I know now that I can win against the best of them.”

Photo Credits: Georgina Bloomberg on Cim Christo in the FEI Nations Cup in Sweden. Photo © 2007 by Roland Thunholm.


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