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Pedigree: Park Avenue
Division: Grand Prix, some of the amateur divisions and the open division.
Number of horses: Seven
Latest triumphs: “I was just third at the Washington International Horse Show, and before that was fourth in the Capital Challenge in Maryland.”
School: Freshman at Brown University.
How she fits riding in: “You just have to be organized and plan ahead.”
Worst riding moment: “In terms of losing, I don’t think that’s so bad. I embrace the losses.”
Clothes: “I’m sponsored by B & B Saddlery, so whatever I’m wearing is through them.”
Home base at Wellington: “We have a house in the Equestrian Club, which is right next door to the horse show. It’s literally a two-minute bike ride.”
Pedigree: Daughter of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Division: Open division including the Grand Prix and the young horse classes with two new horses.
Number of horses: 10
School: Junior at New York University’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study.
Latest triumphs: Competed on the U.S. Developing/Young Rider tour in Europe and Scandinavia, winning Nations’ Cups in Finland and Sweden.
How she fits riding in: “I get very little sleep.”
Best riding moment: “Winning the team and individual gold medals at the North American Young Rider championships [2002 and 2003, respectively].”
Worst riding moment: “Breaking my back in 2002.”
Clothes: Her sponsor Ariat’s boots and clothing.
Home base at Wellington: “We just finished building our new farm in Mallet Hill, so I’m excited about having our own place.”
Pedigree: Daughter of CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.
Division: Open classes, Grand Prix.
Number of horses: Five
School: Sophomore at Harvard.
How she fits riding in: “In high school I was allowed to tutor independently, so those four years taught me to be independent and resourceful. It’s a different ball game at Harvard, but I still have the tools I need to balance work and competing.”
Clothes: Boots by Derdau, riding pants by Pikeur, custom-made jackets by Alessandro Albanese in her barn’s colors: navy blue, dark green and burgundy.
Home base at Wellington: West Palm Beach.
Pedigree: Daughter of Black Entertainment Television founders Bob and Sheila Johnson.
Division: Grand Prix and the high Amateurs.
Hometown: The Plains, Va.
Number of Horses: Seven
Latest triumphs: “I didn’t show too much this summer. My Grand Prix horse is old, so I’m looking for a new one right now.”
School: Quit the Art Institute at Fort Lauderdale.
How she fits it all in: “I couldn’t balance riding and school. I don’t like to give half of my effort to anything.”
Looking forward to: “I’m used to traveling and living out of suitcases, which comes with riding. So I love having friends over for takeout or cooking dinner.”
Clothes: Tailored Sportsman or Pikeur pants, Vogel boots. “I always shop at Hadfield’s.”
Home base at Wellington: Her barn in Grand Prix village.
Pedigree: Daughter of Bruce Springsteen.
Division: Younger, small and large junior hunters; equitation, low junior jumpers and high junior jumpers.
Number of horses: Five
School: Tenth grader at Ranney in Tinton Falls, N.J.
How she fits riding in: “The school is really flexible with my riding schedule. When I’m in Florida, I have a tutor. I usually end up missing the second semester of school—I come back the week before it’s over.
Best riding moment: Jumping through an extremely muddy course at the 2007 Devon Horse Show—and taking home second place.
Clothes: Boots by Derdau, riding pants by Tailored Sportsman and Pikeur, riding jackets from Hadfield’s.
Home base at Wellington: Rental house in the Equestrian Club.
Parental cameos: “They come on the weekends a lot.”
Winter Equestrian Festival 2008
Jan. 30–April 6
Palm Beach Polo
14440 Pierson Road
Wellington, Fla., 33414