Equestrian, Author, Philanthropist, & Animal activist/ Founder of The Rider's Closet & Chair, Humane Generation New York for the Humane Society of the United States
Georgina Bloomberg is a professional equestrian show jumper and the co-author of four young adult novels about the equestrian show circuit. She serves on the Humane Society of the United States Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Humane Generation New York committee. She is an EQUUStar for the EQUUS Foundation and serves on the board of the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the Lake Placid Horse Show, the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Foundation and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the United States Equestrian Team and Vice President of Animal Aid USA. In 2006, she founded The Riders Closet, a program that collects used riding clothes and donates them to intercollegiate riding programs and other riders in need. Bloomberg resides in New York and South Florida with her son, Jasper, and their four-legged family. @georginabloomberg
My goal most days is just to get through everything I need to do, but on some competition days like today, I have a specific goal I try to accomplish. I always try my best to accomplish it and focus as much as possible on that specific goal. It’s hard not to get distracted through the day with other things, but as much as possible, I try to put other things to the side, compartmentalize my tasks, and focus on my competitive goal and what I need to do to accomplish it.
Today my thought was similar to most days. How the f*ck am I going to get everything I need to get done done today? But I did my best, and on any day, that’s all you can do.
I believe in doing one thing every day that scares you. So I swallowed my fear and nervousness of the class I had to compete in at the horse show I am currently competing in and accomplished my goal for the day.
Every day without fail I tell my son that I am proud of him. If I were to die tomorrow that would be the most important thing I would want him to know about me.
Be nice to all people. It took me 30 years to realize the importance of this and how helpful it is in life.
* DAY IN THE LIFE OF GEORGINA BLOOMBERG *
What do you love most about Your City?
I love everything about New York City. I was born there, raised there, went to college there, and will always live there. I have to be away a lot, whether its for travel or to be in Westchester or Florida for the horses, but NYC is my home and where I feel happiest and most comfortable. There is just something that makes me feel alive and enthusiastic about the day when I am there. There is an energy in the air that keeps me going and it’s the place on earth where I feel like I am most able to be myself.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I eat breakfast at home almost every morning. I like egg whites on toast with fake cheese or avocado, or cereal. Mornings are usually very busy and rushed and between feeding the dogs, my son, and getting him ready for school there is little time for me to worry about what I can eat so I always make sure to have something quick and easy to make, but also filling so I can make it through the morning without needing a snack.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Some mornings sleeping, but I never sleep past 7am as a rule on any day. If it’s a competition day I am usually up by 6am getting the dogs fed, my son’s lunch for school made, and enjoying some alone time before he wakes up and the madness of the morning begins.
10:00 AM – almost always riding. On school days when we are in NYC I take my son to school and then head to our farm in Westchester to train, and then try to be back in the city by the time he gets done at school. If it’s a competition day then I am usually in full swing running around between rings showing horses.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
I don’t usually stop for lunch whether its a competition day or not. I love breakfast and dinner, but lunch is something I have never liked to stop and sit down for. I graze through the day and grab things on the go.
7:00 PM – I try to eat dinner with my son any nights I can, so by then we are usually finishing up our meal at home.
11:00 PM – I always try to get to bed before 11pm and pretty much always fail. When my son goes to sleep there is a hard balance for me between trying to get things done and wanting to relax and watch tv or read. Usually I do something in the middle until late and then get to bed sometime between 11pm and 12am.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I drink a lot of water throughout the day, but like to start my day out with caffeine. I drink English Breakfast tea in the morning first thing, and then I drink coffee when I get to the barn in the morning. At the end of the day, if I am going to an event or out with friends I like vodka or red wine. I don’t drink during competition weeks or the night before an important class, so for me when I get a chance to go out and let loose, I fully enjoy it!
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I use Instagram a lot. It’s a great way to stay in touch with friends and to see where they are, what they are doing, what their kids look like as they grow up, that sort of thing. When people don’t live near you any more or you don’t get to see them as much as you would like, Instagram lets you feel like you are seeing each other and staying up to date in a way on their life. It also does a lot for spreading a message or helping a charitable organization. For my work with dog rescues it has been incredible. I am able to get pictures of dogs out that need homes very easily and spread my adopt don’t shop message much more vocally than I would without being able to put it in front of my followers. For fun, my favorite account top follow is Awkward Family Photos. It makes me laugh every time. I also follow a lot of funny bad parenting accounts that make parents feel better about their failures and laugh at the moments when we are not the best parents we can be.
What should everyone try at least once?
Hands on volunteer work. It amazes me how many people have never actually gotten involved in anything good or meaningful. Even if you don’t have a cause that you naturally gravitate to or feel strongly about, everyone should be helping the world in some way and feel the satisfaction of actually getting involved with something. Go work in a soup kitchen, walk a dog at a shelter, or even collect donations for an organization. There are endless ways to be involved and I know so many good people who have never done even the simplest things which is shocking to me. The feeling of knowing you have actually helped someone or something is addictive and wonderful, and I think something that would make the world a better place if more people experienced and realized how good it feels to do even the easiest of good deeds.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
I don’t ever. I am a control freak and hate the idea of being lost anywhere. I do like exploring new places, but to me that is very different than being lost. I like going down streets I’ve never been down, walking new trails, or exploring new towns, but I always need to have a map and know where I am and where I am heading.