New York Empire
|Sponsor(s)||Lugano Diamonds, Champagne PIAFF, Mane N’ Tail, The Rider’s Closet, Sam Edelman|
Georgina Bloomberg, Scott Brash, Denis Lynch, Spencer Smith, Harry Charles, and Jodie Hall McAteer
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, Spencer Smith of the U.S., and top Under 25 riders for Great Britain, Harry Charles and Jodie Hall McAteer.
Bloomberg is a consistent contender in top grand prix classes. A double-clear performance in the 2014 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Gijon, Spain anchored the U.S. team’s win there and in 2015 she helped the U.S. team claim bronze in the Pan American Games in Toronto.
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.
Spencer Smith has had a decorated career including winning the 2014 USEF Medal Finals as a junior and has become a consistent competitor at the CSI5* level. Some of his greatest accomplishments on the international stage include winning the CSI5* Longines GCT Grand Prix of Samorin with Theodore Manciais in 2021, and the CSI2* Longines GCT Grand Prix of London aboard Happiness in 2018.
Charles joins the New York Empire team as the Number One rider in the world in the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Under 25 ranking. The young rider earned three impressive five-star wins at the London International Horse Show in London, England, in 2021 and he competed for Great Britain at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
After a noteworthy junior career, McAteer has continued to successfully compete at the top level of the sport. McAteer won the Voltaire Design Under 25 British Championship in 2021 at the London International Horse Show. In June 2021, McAteer earned her first five-star win in the 1.45m Speed Challenge at LGCT Valkenswaard in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. Following that victory, McAteer helped Great Britain earn bronze at the 2021 European Young Rider Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal.