NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - The Longines Masters, the elite international show jumping competition, makes in New York debut at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, April 26–29.
The Masters Series is an international show jumping competition that takes place in Paris, Hong Kong, and now New York. Considered the grand slam of indoor show jumping, the Longines Masters features the world's top riders and equine athlete partners.
Some of the top U.S. riders will include Olympians Lucy Davis, Laura Kraut, McLain Ward, and well-known New Yorker Georgina Bloomberg, who has competed in both the Paris and Los Angeles legs.
The daughter of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Georgina Bloomberg is a decorated equestrian. She has competed since she was a child and has become a champion at numerous Grand Prix competitions as part of the United States Equestrian Team.
Bloomberg gave Fox 5 an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at her final preparations for the New York leg at her exquisite Gotham North barn and stables in North Salem, New York.
In the final week of preparation leading up to the Longines Masters. Bloomberg's main focus is getting her horses used to the indoor course similar to what they'll see at the Nassau Coliseum. Of the 12 competing horses that live in Gotham North, Bloomberg will bring two with her to the Coliseum—Manodie will jump the bigger obstacles, she said, and Paoula will be for the speed challenge.
Bloomberg will compete on Friday in the speed challenge in which you have to be very precise and very fast to win this class. On Sunday, Bloomberg will compete in the Grand Prix, where the goal is to clear all jumps.
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