New York Empire
|Sponsor(s)||Sam Edelman, Mane N Tail Equine, South Beach Brewing, The Rider’s Closet|
Georgina Bloomberg, Scott Brash, Denis Lynch, Daniel Bluman, Shane Breen, and Spencer Smith
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, Denis Lynch of Ireland, Daniel Bluman of Israel, Shane Breen of Ireland, and top Under-25 U.S. rider Spencer Smith.
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.
Lynch, an Irish rider based in Germany, is a veteran of Olympic and World Equestrian Games and FEI World Cup Finals. He rode with Bloomberg and Brash on the 2017 Miami Glory GCL team and helped the 2018 Miami Celtics team to third place in the series standings.
Bluman, a veteran of two Olympic Games and four World Equestrian Games, considers himself an honorary New Yorker. He has five-star veterans Sancha and Ladriano in his string for the GCL events and plans to also use Entano and Colestina for NYE team appearances.
Joining the New York Empire will be the first time that U25 rider Spencer Smith of the U.S. has competed on a GCL team. Smith, who won the 2014 USEF Medal Finals and now trains with Canadian individual Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze, has become a consistent competitor at the CSI5* level, including winning the CSI2* Grand Prix at the 2018 Longines GCT London aboard Happiness.