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Competing at 25 in Olympic show jumping is no small accomplishment, but Georgina Bloomberg seems up to the task. The daughter of the billionaire mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has been riding professionally for years. Paris Hilton she's not.
In an interview with The New York Times in October, Bloomberg said that she's tried to keep her riding separate from her life as a billionaire's daughter:
Her cars are relegated to the driveway because her garage has been monopolized by her charity, the Riders Closet; she collects used riding clothing and personally ships it to needy riders, riding groups and collegiate teams.
Why does a billionaire's daughter need sponsorship dollars and supplies? Seems like a fair question, even if it inspires a reflexive flicker of annoyance in Ms. Bloomberg, who lives with her mother and three dogs in the completely renovated 1820 farmhouse here on the estate her father bought for her equestrian endeavors. (She also has an apartment in New York and a place in Wellington, Fla.) Sponsors foster independence!
"Riding is a risky business, but it's what I live for," says Ms. Bloomberg, who hopes to be among the horse-and-rider combinations that survive the Olympic selection trials tentatively set for April in Tampa, Fla. "And I want to make it work on my own."
The Rider's Closet, Bloomberg's charity, can be found here.