Georgina Bloomberg Captains NYC Team and #3 World-Ranked Rider Kent Farrington to Captain World Team

New York, NY – September 11, 2014 – The Central Park Horse Show (CPHS), presented by Rolex and produced by The Chronicle of the Horse, is pleased to announce the riders for Friday night’s September 19th feature event, the “NYC vs The World” pro-am speed challenge presented by Donald J. Trump. The CPHS runs September 18-21, 2014, in New York City’s Trump Rink in Central Park. The “NYC vs the World” Speed Challenge will follow Thursday night’s live TV event, the $200,000 Central Park Grand Prix (NBC Sports Network, 7:00 pm). Mark Bellissimo commented, “This is going to be a very memorable event as captain Georgina Bloomberg and her New York Team will take on the world’s number three ranked rider Kent Farrington and his ‘World’ team. I want to thank Donald Trump for his fantastic support of this event.”

The New York City team will be sponsored by Land Rover North America and the World Team will be sponsored by Suncast Corporation. Donald Trump, title sponsor of the “NYC vs The World” challenge commented, “While Kent has won the first two annual Trump Invitational Grand Prix events at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, I have to say my loyalties are with Georgina and her team that is supporting the greatest city in the world, New York.”

Georgina Bloomberg added, “We have assembled a strong and passionate team of tough New Yorkers that will proudly represent this amazing city. This is our home turf and we are ready to defend it.” Kent Farrington, who was recently appointed as a Rolex testimonee and joins an elite group of athletes including Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, replied, “I am confident our team is up to the challenge. I’ll let the results in the ring do the talking.”

“Land Rover has a long established connection with the equestrian community. Sponsoring the New York City team as they compete in one of the world’s most iconic venues is a natural fit for us,” said Kim McCullough, Brand Vice President, Land Rover North America. “We are proud to be part of this inaugural event and enthusiastically support the Central Park Horse Show.”

“NYC vs. The World” pro-am speed class will be an exciting event pitting teams of riders against each other. One team rider will go as fast as they can over a faults-converted speed course to set a time that the rider from the other team will try to beat. The fastest time between those two wins a point for their team. The team with the most points will win the inaugural “NYC vs the World” speed title at the Central Park Horse Show, while the top eight individuals of the entire class will share $50,000 in prize money.

The NYC team will be sponsored by Land Rover and captained by Georgina Bloomberg, with fellow New York teammates:

McLain Ward    Lucy Deslauriers
Jessica Springsteen    Sydney Shulman
Cara Raether   Danielle Goldstein
Heather Caristo     Kirsten Coe
Lillie Keenan     Maria Costa
Alexandra Crown     Victoria Press
Karen Polle     Katherine Strauss
Samantha Kasowitz     Devin Ryan

Led by U.S. Number One rider Kent Farrington, The World team, sponsored by Suncast® Corporation consists of:

Laura Kraut     Charlie Jayne
Todd Minikus     Lauren Tisbo
Shane Sweetnam     Richie Moloney
Conor Swail     Candice King
Darragh Kenny     Daniel Bluman
Taylor Alexander     Gabriela Mershad
Adrienne Sternlicht     Nicole Bellissimo
Meghan Nusz     Paige Johnson

Tom Tisbo, Chief Executive Officer of Suncast Corporation, commented, “We are honored to support such a great event and a great group of athletes.”

Preceding the “NYC vs the World” Challenge, the following top amateurs from the New York area will compete in the $5,000 NYC Amateur Challenge, presented by Salamander Resorts:

Gabrielle Bausano     Lucrezia Buccellati
Ariel Epstein     Flo Fulton
Cloe Hymowitz     Lili Hymowitz
Brianne Link     Hilary McNerney
Philip Richter     Yasmin Rizvi
Isabella Russekoff   Alexandra Worthington
Claire Schreder

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