FORBES ONCE NAMED HER one of the “20 Most Intriguing Billionaire Heiresses,” but showjumping superstar Georgina Bloomberg is more than just her father’s daughter. A recent graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the petite brunette in May nabbed the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix at the Old Salem Farm Horse Show. And now she has her sights set on a gold medal with the US equestrian team at the 2012 Olympics in London.
After winning the individual gold medal in the North American Young Rider Championship in 2003, Bloomberg, 29, began to compete professionally on the Grand Prix circuit, racking up sponsorship deals with Audi, Ariat, Pennfield, Heritage Gloves and County Saddles along the way. Since then, she has competed on eight Nations Cup teams and was a member of the first-ever victorious US team at the Samsung Super League in La Baule, France, in 2004; three years later, she was the highest-placed American in the Dublin Grand Prix.
While her focus remains firmly on show jumping, Bloomberg still finds time to give back. She sits on multiple boards and committees, including the Equestrian Aid Foundation, and through her charity, Rider’s Closet, she collects used riding clothes to distribute to intercollegiate riding teams, pony clubs, therapeutic riding programs and younger riders unable to afford them.
The youngest child of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, she cites her father as her biggest influence. “He always taught me that the more people say you can’t do something, the harder you should try to do it.”