Top U.S. show jumper, Georgina Bloomberg, sponsors U.S. Paralympic rider, Sydney Collier. Georgina has been supporting her in her bid to represent the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. One way she showed her support was by procuring Collier a Hanovarian gelding named All In One.
“I want to see her be able to pursue her dreams. It’s nice to be able to help someone who’s working so hard and wants something so badly and deserves to get somewhere, but just has a financial roadblock preventing her from doing that,” said Bloomberg
Collier and Bloomberg have been friends for years. Collier says, “I’m over the moon to get into the show ring with him. Georgina was willing to help me find and purchase him, which was such a blessing. Without her, I would not have had the resources to do that myself.”
“I’m over the moon to get into the show ring with him.”
Collier began riding as an able body rider at the age of seven. At age eleven, however, she was diagnosed with rare Wyburn Mason Syndrome. Once diagnosed she switched to para-equestrian. The congenital birth defect caused tumors and a massive stroke and subsequent brain surgery left her with limited use of the left side of her body, completely blind in her right eye, and three-quarters blind in her left eye. Now at the age of 21, she competes at Grade I level para-equestrian dressage. At this level, tests are being ridden at the walk.
Collier and Wes Dunham found All In One, or “Alle,” through Kai Handt, who saw the horse in Germany. All In One is a 10-year-old Hanovarian Gelding (Abanos—Dauphina) with experience to fourth level.
“[Kai] sent a video and we were just mesmerized by his walk, which is what you really look for!” said Collier.
Collier and All In One made their debut at the Fall Breed & Dressage Show at Maplewood Warmbloods II & III in Middletown, NY on July 26-28. In preparation for the Tryon Fall Dressage CPEDI3* and US Equestrian Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships (September 12-15), Collier plans to show a few more times this summer. She also has goals to begin 2020 by competing in CPEDIs at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL.
“From the first ride, Alle and I just really clicked,” Collier said. “He has the uphill build that I’ve been searching for my entire riding career. The walk has its own metronome and tempo that is really helpful to my body. He tunes out things that my body unintentionally does, like with my left side not being able to work properly with my right side. This partnership has melded together really quickly and well so far. He’s been such a joy to work with. He’s such a sweetheart and really takes care of me in the saddle.”
“The best part about him being such a great walk horse is that he really enjoys the walk, which is so hard to find!”