Georgina Bloomberg: Even with a Shot at the Rio Olympics, My Son Is the ‘Most Important Thing’

02/04/2016 at 05:00 PM ET

Georgina Bloomberg has been riding since she was 4, climbing the horse show ranks to the very top level, where she now competes internationally and even has a shot at the Olympics in Rio this summer.

But when she retires from the sport, Bloomberg, 33, is excited to fully embrace life as a mom to her 2-year-old son Jasper.

“I really like the idea of Jasper growing up in New York and having a normal life,” the younger daughter of former N.Y.C. mayor Mike Bloomberg tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“If I put my whole self into the sport right now, I like the idea of retiring and being just a mom and raising him in New York City. I love this sport and I’ve had some amazing times in it and I think I’ll always be involved in the sport in some way, but not necessarily as a rider.”

She adds, “Even if you told me I was guaranteed an Olympic medal, if I had to miss out on watching Jasper grow up and normal family stuff like that, I wouldn’t. He’s the most important thing.”

Georgina Bloomberg son Jasper
Katherine Wolkoff


Bloomberg opened up her North Salem, New York, home to PEOPLE in late fall, where Jasper had a blast feeding carrots to two of her retired show horses.

“He’s very into animals and loves giving them treats,” she says. “But as far as actual riding … if he is old enough and he wants to ride and asks to ride, that’s fine, I’ll be very supportive. But he’s not going to be stuck on a pony before he can make that decision.”

Georgina Bloomberg son Jasper
Katherine Wolkoff

While she made headlines last year for her seemingly anti-marriage comments and raising Jasper as a single mom (his father is fellow equestrian Ramiro Quintana and the couple split when Jasper was around a year old), she clarified her perspective to PEOPLE.

“I’m not traditional at all. It’s not that I’m against marriage, it just never mattered that much to me,” she explains.

“If I was dating someone who getting married was very important to them, then absolutely. I’d have no problem. I love the idea of finding someone to be a great father figure to Jasper and to share my life with.”

— Rennie Dyball

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