Georgina Bloomberg Joins Wellington Equestrian Partners

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Georgina Bloomberg. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, July 10–Georgina Bloomberg, one of the most recognizable names in horse sports, has joined the Wellington Equestrian Partners. organizers of the world’s premier winter circuit of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the newly created Global Dressage Festival.

Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of WEP, announced on Tuesday that Georgina had become a partner in the enterpise that operates the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.

With over 60 career grand prix placings, Georgina Bloomberg is one of the top riders in the United States and has represented her nation in team competitions at some of the top shows in the world. She is also known for her philanthropic ventures and is the author of a teen book series based on the equestrian world. Her Gotham North has been title sponsor of the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships for several years.

“Georgina has a great background, interest, and enthusiasm for equestrian sport,” Mark said. “I am confident she will make contributions throughout our business and the industry. We are actively evaluating a number of initiatives, including a jobs program that will focus on increasing the awareness, training, and access to equestrian jobs within the community; increasing our involvement with Wellington schools; and broadening the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge which has raised over $2.7 million (€2.2 million) for Palm Beach County over the last three years. We are excited to have her as part of our team.”

Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sport Productions that operates the shows for WEP, said, “We are thrilled to have Georgina join the Wellington Equestrian Partners. We are looking forward to working with her and having her input while we continuously work to improve our competitions, the facility at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, and equestrian sport in general.”

Wellington Equestrian Partners is comprised of equestrian families whose investments are dedicated to transforming Wellington into the premier equestrian lifestyle destination in the world. WEP has invested over $30 million (€24.5 million) enhancing the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center over the last five years.

PBIEC has two core facilities with 18 competition arenas, a grass derby field and the largest covered riding surface in the world–the main showgrounds dedicated primarily to jumper and hunter competition and the Stadium, primarily focused on dressage.

The FTI Winter Equestrian Festival is the world’s largest and longest running equestrian competition at 12 sweeks with more than $6 million (€4.9 million) in prize money and hosting 5,000 horses and 2,800 riders from all 50 U.S. states and 31 countries in the jumper, hunter and equitation disciplines. The companion Adequan Global Dressage Festival was launched this year and comprised two World Cup events, a CDI3*, the only CDI5* in North America in 2012 and the first non-championship Nations Cup CDIO in the Western Hemisphere.