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Der Dau Announces Partnership with Georgina Bloomberg’s “The Rider’s Closet”

Georgina Bloomberg and Juvina. Photo: Stefano Grasso.

Trade in Existing Boots for a Credit towards a Custom Pair of Der Dau Dream Boots and Make Someone Else’s Dreams Come True!

New York, NY – November 13, 2014 – Two of New York’s iconic equestrian figures, Georgina Bloomberg and Joseph Der, Jr., have combined efforts to provide high quality riding boots to equestrians in need. Der Dau Custom Riding Boots has initiated a program to accept trade-ins of existing riding boots in exchange for a credit applied towards a future order of the company’s exclusive Dream Boots. Each used pair will then be refurbished as needed by Der Dau’s expert craftsman and donated to The Rider’s Closet.

Georgina Bloomberg explains, “I started the Rider’s Closet 8 years ago to be able to help riders afford the proper equipment and clothing for this sport. I have hopefully made a difference in many riders’ lives and made it easier for them to pursue their riding, whether they do it for pleasure or have the opportunity to compete. I have known Joseph Der for years now and always respected his work and his involvement in the horse show community. I am thrilled to be able to work with him and his company as well as humbled and overwhelmed by his generosity towards my program.”

Der Dau accepts all brands of boots that are in acceptable working condition. To determine the value of your trade-in, bring your boots in to one of Der Dau’s booths/showrooms, excluding third party dealers, at equestrian events across the U.S. and Europe.

Bloomberg, one of the nation’s finest young equestrian stars, just recently won the inaugural Central Park Grand Prix in her hometown of New York City and has since had top finishes in the LA Masters, Washington and the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. She also competed successfully this summer at the Global Champions Tour and with the United States Equestrian Team.

About Der Dau Inc.

Established over 50 years ago in New York, Der Dau is passionately dedicated to its legacy of producing the finest riding boots. This pinnacle of quality is achieved by building each boot by expert craftsman and hand selecting only the finest quality materials. Culminating on their rich foundation of traditional artisanship, Der Dau has incorporated sophisticated innovation to create boots that consistently meet the functional and design needs of modern equestrians. Each Der Dau boot remains handmade in the United States and is custom built to the exact standards specified by each customer. The company’s overriding commitment for excellence has made its boots the choice for the most discriminating riders, from dedicated equestrian enthusiasts to Olympic medal winners. For more information, visit www.derdau.com or call 1.718.336.4513.

About the Rider’s Closet

The Rider’s Closet is a program started by Georgina Bloomberg in August 2006. The program aims to make riding clothes more accessible to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, intercollegiate riding programs and individual riders who are in need. The Rider’s Closet accepts all lightly used riding gear then donates them to anyone who requests the items (U.S. only).

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Haviland Hollow Charity Cup to Benefit Pegasus and the Rider’s Closet

Sam Ramirez, Jr. will host the charity polo match at Haviland Hollow Farm.

Brewster, N.Y. – September 2, 2014 – Sam Ramirez, Jr. will host a charity polo match at his Haviland Hollow Farm in Patterson, N.Y. on September 20, 2014 to benefit The Rider’s Closet, the Wings program at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, and JDRF.

The Haviland Hollow Charity Cup will feature lunch, a silent auction and a polo match from 1-4pm and a DJ dance party from 4-6pm. Family, all-inclusive VIP and tailgating ticket packages are available and can include transportation from the nearby Metro North train station. The event will take place rain or shine.

Visit nycpolo.com/events for further details and to purchase tickets. Visit the Pegasus Facebook page at facebook.com/PegasusNYandCT to enter a drawing to win a pair of tailgating tickets (two winners will be chosen; contest ends 9/8).

Founded in 2006 by Georgina Bloomberg, The Rider’s Closet is a charitable program that provides free equestrian clothing and boots to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, scholastic teams and individual riders in need. Hosted by Pegasus Therapeutic Riding at Pegasus Farm in Brewster, N.Y., The Rider’s Closet accepts donations of new or gently used riding gear and sends items out by request to hundreds of deserving equestrians around the U.S. each year. For more information, visit pegasustr.org/trc.

The Wings program at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding consists of equine-assisted activities for at-risk individuals, including abuse and human trafficking survivors, disadvantaged youth, and adults with developmental disabilities. The program is a customized blend of mounted and unmounted sessions, and typical areas of focus include social/relationship skills development, improved physical and cognitive ability, trust-building, self-regulation and calming exercises, and increased confidence, control and empowerment. For more information, visit pegasustr.org.

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Manhattan Saddlery Donates $25,000 in Equestrian Goods to The Rider’s Closet

LuLu Moore of Ridgefield, CT helps unload the Manhattan Saddlery donation upon arrival at The Rider’s Closet. Photo by Christine Fitzgerald/Pegasus.

New York City’s Only Tack Shop Celebrates Its Renaissance with Charitable Contribution

New York, N.Y. – May 20, 2014 – To celebrate more than a century of success as New York City’s go-to source for equestrian clothing and equipment, Manhattan Saddlery has donated $25,000 in goods to The Rider’s Closet, a charitable program founded by world-class equestrian Georgina Bloomberg. Bloomberg’s goal is to make riding clothes more accessible to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, scholastic teams and individual riders in need.

Manhattan Saddlery’s donation, comprised of hundreds of pieces of never-used riding apparel like tall boots, paddock boots, breeches and other equestrian wear, was delivered last week to the charity’s headquarters at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding in Brewster, N.Y. Managed by a Pegasus employee and staffed by volunteers, The Rider’s Closet accepts new or gently used equestrian clothing donations and sends the items out to hundreds of deserving riders throughout the U.S. each year.

The mission of The Rider’s Closet resonated with Manhattan Saddlery’s owner, Nick Tsang. “We’ve been fortunate to serve equestrians who live in and visit New York for more than a hundred years, and we wanted to give back to the horse community in a way that was truly meaningful,” he says. “The Rider’s Closet was the perfect partner for us to support riders who are dedicated to their chosen sport and want to be safe and look polished, but perhaps need a little help with outfitting along the way.”

Bloomberg adds, “A donation of this size and quality will make an immediate difference in the lives of hundreds of dedicated equestrians. These boots, breeches, half chaps and other items will be on their way to riders around the country within days. We are thrilled to have the support of Manhattan Saddlery, a true New York City icon, as we fulfill our mission.”

Manhattan Saddlery traces its history back to 1912, when it opened on 24th Street as Miller Harness Company, a saddlery and equine supply business. Miller’s catered to elite clients like the Olympic team and the Kennedy and Rockefeller families, as well as everyday equestrians, through its popular mail order catalog for almost 80 years until its brands and store transferred ownership in the early 1990s.

In 2002, June Tsang, a passionate equestrian and loyal Miller’s customer, and her family took up the reins and legacy of the physical store as Manhattan Saddlery. Her son, Nick, who runs the shop today, has remained deeply committed to upholding and exceeding the standards of excellence set by Miller’s. “The area near 24th and Lexington has always been the ‘equicenter’ of the city and we intend to keep it that way,” he says.

To that end, Tsang has recently renovated the space Manhattan Saddlery occupies with detailed attention to its rich history, exposing original columns and ductwork, highlighting antique lighting, bringing wood floors back to life and adding a new counter made from a reclaimed barn door. He has also tuned the store’s inventory to reflect the needs and sensibilities of modern equestrian shoppers, bringing in brands like Pikeur, Barbour, Ariat, Kerritts, Oughton Ltd. and ASMAR Equestrian – while still offering a robust selection of New York classics like Vogel and Tailored Sportsman.

For more information about Manhattan Saddlery, visit www.manhattansaddlery.com. Additional information about The Rider’s Closet is available at www.pegasustr.org/trc.

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Ariat Donates New Clothing to Georgina Bloomberg’s Rider’s Closet Charity

Georgina Bloomberg

Brewster, NY – July 11, 2011 – Equestrian apparel company Ariat recently donated over 600 pairs of new riding breeches to The Rider’s Closet at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Georgina Bloomberg’s charitable program for riders in need. The Rider’s Closet accepts new or gently used equestrian apparel and sends them to pony clubs, therapeutic riding centers, scholastic teams and individual riders who request show or lesson program clothing and boots.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Ariat for almost five years now,” notes Bloomberg. “I am consistently impressed with not only the products they produce but also with the kindness of those who work with the company. I have really enjoyed representing Ariat and have found their products to be fashionable and functional. This donation is yet another example of their generosity and commitment to help every rider be properly attired for riding.”

Founded by Bloomberg as a home-based operation in August 2006, The Rider’s Closet quickly grew in scope, as did Bloomberg’s equestrian career. In July 2010, she decided to move The Rider’s Closet to a new location where it could operate on a continuous basis while she traveled to competitions. Familiar with its philanthropic mission and services, Bloomberg partnered with local nonprofit Pegasus Therapeutic Riding to bring The Rider’s Closet to Pegasus Farm in Brewster, N.Y. Managed by Pegasus staff and operated by volunteers, The Rider’s Closet is thriving in its new home. Requests come in daily from around the country, and the recent donation from Ariat will have a lasting coast-to-coast impact.

“With Ariat’s help, The Rider’s Closet will be able to send quality breeches to countless riders in need of new clothes,” states Bloomberg. “I am so appreciative of the company and am honored to be an Ariat-sponsored rider.”

Beth Cross, president and CEO of Ariat, echoes Bloomberg’s sentiment. “We are thrilled to team up with Georgina in support of The Rider’s Closet,” notes Cross. “All of us at Ariat are proud to be of service to this terrific organization and look forward to supporting them in the future.”

The Rider’s Closet accepts shirts, breeches, jackets, boots and half chaps. Demand is especially high for paddock boots and tall boots in adult and children’s sizes. For safety reasons, helmets cannot be accepted. Information about donating or requesting items from The Rider’s Closet is posted to the Pegasus website at www.pegasustr.org/trc.

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Georgina Bloomberg Launches Teen Book Series

Real Life and Equestrian Experiences of Mayor’s Daughter Inspire The A Circuit; Available Today, May 24, 2011

New York, NY – May 24, 2011 – Today, Georgina Bloomberg, an accomplished professional equestrian, philanthropist and youngest daughter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, launches The A Circuit (Bloomsbury, original paperback, $9.99), the first in a series of teen novels set within the equestrian world she knows so well.  Co-written with Cathy Hapka, Georgina brings an authenticity and flair to the books that will entice as much as they will fascinate.  The second novel in the series, entitled My Favorite Mistake, is scheduled to be released in March 2012.

The A Circuit is the A-List meets the elite horse world, capturing the lives of three teenagers, Zara, the wild child of a famous rock star, Kate, a working student serious about riding, and Tommi, a billionaire heiress, as they navigate the life of privilege and competition and figure out how to succeed while being true to themselves. The social drama set within an elite world will have teens flocking to this series.

The A Circuit captures the pressures and struggles that riders face, and is also a great lesson that working together in any sport can bring different people together,” said Georgina when asked why she decided to write the series.

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Georgina Bloomberg’s Rider’s Closet at Pegasus Helps Riders in Need

Personal collection photo. TylerMarie Hylick of Glen Mills, Pa., proudly models some of the apparel she recently received from The Rider's Closet.

North Salem, NY – December 14, 2010 – Georgina Bloomberg’s charitable venture, The Rider’s Closet, is in the business of giving and receiving, not just during the holidays, but all year long. From therapeutic riding centers to pony clubs to collegiate equestrian teams, Bloomberg’s apparel exchange program has made a real difference for hundreds of equestrians who want to participate in competitive, scholastic or therapeutic riding but are unable to afford the gear.

Liz Olsezewski, founder of Horses Healing Hearts USA, a nonprofit in Lake Worth, Fla., which works with children of alcoholics and addicts, recently contacted The Rider’s Closet for a shipment of much-needed boots and clothing. After receiving the items, Olsezewski wrote a heartfelt thank-you letter that was signed by her riders. She noted that they “feel like true equestrians now and are feeling very proud.” This sentiment is echoed again and again in riders’ notes of appreciation to Bloomberg and The Rider’s Closet volunteers.

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Pegasus Therapeutic Riding’s Pegasus Farm Chapter Announces New Home for The Rider’s Closet

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Collaborates with Georgina Bloomberg's The Rider's Closet. Photo is taken of the new location of The Rider's Closet. Photo © 2010

Brewster, New York – May 18, 2010 – Pegasus Therapeutic Riding’s Pegasus Farm chapter announced today that The Rider’s Closet program, developed by Georgina Bloomberg, will now be based out of Pegasus Therapeutic Riding’s Pegasus Farm chapter in Brewster, NY. The program originated four years ago, when Bloomberg wanted to donate her lightly used show clothing to a good cause, but was not sure where to start. The Rider’s Closet began as an endeavor to provide a place where all equestrians could donate their clothing so that other riders who may not be able to purchase their own riding attire and equipment could take advantage of these otherwise expensive items that had been outgrown, but were still in good condition.

Thus far, The Rider’s Closet has already proven to be of great value to a variety of programs, including, but not limited to a number of intercollegiate riding teams.  While The Rider’s Closet has been growing, so has Bloomberg’s equestrian career. Over the last few years, the demand has risen, and with Bloomberg traveling to various equestrian competitions around the world, she wanted to move The Rider’s Closet from a home-based operation, to a new home where it could get more attention. “I’m really excited about this move,” said Bloomberg. “It is a great situation for both the Rider’s Closet and the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding program. They have a first class program, one that I’ve been really impressed with over the years. I think the move will benefit a lot of equestrians on a number of different levels.”

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