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Impressive Debut for Georgina Bloomberg at Samsung Super League in La Baule, France

Written by: Kenneth Kraus
Client: Gotham Enterprizes http://www.pegasustr.org/riders-closet/
Release Date: 2005-05-10



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PHOTO CREDIT: Georgina Bloomberg and Nadia Race to the Win in Prix PMU at La Baule, France. Photo by Fédéric Chéhù.

Impressive Debut for Georgina Bloomberg at Samsung Super League in La Baule, France

Wellington, Fl – May 10 – New York City’s Georgina Bloomberg completed her tremendously successful European debut on the Samsung Super League Tour with a dramatic win in the Prix PMU, Table A against the clock, at La Baule, France, on Sunday afternoon.

In order to gain the win on Sunday, Bloomberg, America’s fastest rising equestrian star but a rookie on the “Big Tour,” would have to catch the times posted by two veteran international stars. Just before her ride, she watched as Stephane LaFouge of France grabbed the lead from Ludo Philippaerts of Belgium in what appeared to be an unbeatable time of 60.20 seconds. Aboard Nadia, owned by the Gotham Enterprizes of New York City, Bloomberg aggressively took up the challenge and flew over the substantial 1.50m speed course. Bloomberg flashed across the finish line, knocking an incredible 2.68 seconds off of LaFouge’s time to secure the victory.

The Sunday win wrapped up what can only be described as an incredible debut for the twenty-two year old equestrian from Manhattan. Earlier in the week, in addition to a second place finish to teammate Laura Kraut on Friday, Bloomberg gathered in two third place ribbons as well. Bloomberg was key member of the winning United States Samsung Super League team comprised of Bloomberg and teammates Laura Kraut, Schuyler Riley and Beezie Madden. The team from the United States topped a field of eight international teams in the first round of the summer long series of eight Samsung Super League events held throughout Europe. Bloomberg’s clean ride in the first round was a vital part of the United States victory.

“It was amazing to be clean,” exclaimed a smiling Bloomberg. “I think we went in as the underdog both as the Americans and because we were the only all girl team. I was honored to be placed on the team but I was a little nervous because it was such a big occasion. I knew if I messed up it would not only be on my shoulders, but I could ruin it for the team and the country too. So, the first time was a little nerve wracking, but, I was able to pull through,” she said. “When we finished the first round tied for the lead, we were all confident and had a general feeling of calm. We knew we had pulled through in the first round and we felt we could do it in the second round too,” Bloomberg revealed. “We believed in ourselves and we wanted it. We stuck together as a team and we fought for it.”

United States Show Jumping Team coach George Morris said that Bloomberg’s earlier experience paid off in her big league debut. “Georgina did a small tour last summer in Scandinavia, but she came in as a real rookie here,” he said. “What an opportunity for her to rub shoulders with those four veterans. It was like the chance I had when I toured as a youngster on the tour with Frank (Chapot) and Billy (Steinkraus). It was such a lucky opportunity for me and Georgina was in exactly the same position,” Morris explained.

“We were really together as a team. It was great to have people that you look up to and respect,” agreed Bloomberg. “With George there, I never felt alone, at any point, ever. And the veteran girls were so much help. They were there for me when I needed them. They realized it was my first Super League. They didn’t treat me like a child, but I felt like they really looked out for me. All of the advice I got from all of the members of the team was great,” she added.

Bloomberg had kudos for her 13 year old Dutch bred equine partner as well. “Riviera was fantastic. It was great going into that competition on a horse that I trust completely.”

According to George Morris, a man who has watched and trained many superstars on their rise to prominence, Bloomberg’s future is very bright. “She absolutely has the potential to be an international star of the highest class. She is a real competitor. She and her trainer, Jimmy Doyle, have done a great job. They takes great care of the horse, they’re turned out beautifully, she’s turned out beautifully and if she goes on as she is now, she can be an Olympic medal winner. She’s a top, top rider,” Morris said.

Bloomberg will rejoin the United States team for the second round of the Samsung Super League in Rome, Italy, on May 26 – 29, 2005.

Samsung Super League Upcoming Schedule

ROUND 2 - Rome (Ita) 26-29 May
ROUND 3 - St Gallen (Sui) 02-05 June
ROUND 4 - Rotterdam (Ned) 16-19 June
ROUND 5 - Hickstead (GBR) 28-31 July
ROUND 6 - Dublin (Irl) 03-07 August
ROUND 7 - Aachen (Ger) 23-28 August
ROUND 8 and FINAL - Barcelona (Esp) 15-18 September

PHOTO CREDIT: Georgina Bloomberg and Nadia Race to the Win in Prix PMU at La Baule, France. Photo by Fédéric Chéhù.




















 

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