New York Empire
|Sponsor(s)||Sam Edelman, The Rider’s Closet, EquiFit|
Georgina Bloomberg, Scott Brash, Lillie Keenan, Cian O’Connor, David Will
The Global Champions League began in 2016 with an innovative model for team competition. Jan Tops and Frank McCourt created the series, which puts five team members from different countries together on 17 teams to compete during each of the 16 Global Champions Tour events in some of the most unique venues around the world. At each GCL event, three riders from each team compete over two rounds of 1.50- to 1.60-meter courses run as Table A classes. The team with the least amount of faults wins the event; the team accumulating the most points at the end of the season tops the series.
Jumping for the New York Empire are U.S. rider Georgina Bloomberg, a New York City native, Scott Brash of Great Britain, Cian O’Connor of Ireland, David Will of Germany, and top Under-25 grand prix star Lillie Keenan of the U.S.
Bloomberg picked up a team bronze from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, while Brash is a team gold medalist from the 2012 London Olympic Games and won the Longines Global Champions Tour series in 2013. Cian O’Connor earned the individual bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games and captured team gold and individual bronze medals from the 2017 European Championships.
Will’s parents run a riding school in Germany and he has been a consistent performer in five-star grand prix classes around the world. He has also represented Germany in multiple Nations Cups. Keenan combines her riding career with her studies at Harvard University (MA) and won both the prestigious Pessoa/USEF Medal Final and ASPCA Maclay Final in 2013. She also jumped to two team gold medals at the North American Young Riders Championships in 2012 and 2013, and the individual gold in 2013.