June 22, 2007

Georgina Bloomberg and Star Apple won three classes at CSIO Hamina, Finland.
Photo: © 2007 Phelps Media Group
New York City's Georgina Bloomberg, anchoring the United States Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Developing/Young Rider Tour, swept to three victories in a row at the third Annual Hamina Bastioni Horse Festival CSIO in Hamina, Finland, at the 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.

Bloomberg, competing on Gotham Enterprizes Star Apple, began her winning streak by cruising to victory in the Six Bar competition on Friday night. 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 28 horse and rider combinations in the International 1.40m Speed class.

Her third straight win came in the Master's High Jump class on Saturday afternoon.

"Georgina 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."

While Bloomberg was proud of her personal accomplishments in Finland, she was most proud on the final Sunday in Hamina when the young squad of US riders stormed to victory in the FEI Nations Cup of Finland.

Bloomberg, 23, now a veteran on the international scene, is competing on her fifth US 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 team experience.

"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 said. "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."