Wellington, FL – Danielle Goldstein, International Show Jumper of Starwyn Farms, LLC, has set her sights on Olympic success. With the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics on the horizon, US-born and raised Goldstein applied for Israeli ciizenship in 2011 and is now spearheading efforts to form Israel’s first Nations Cup Team.
In preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Israeli riders must first form a Nations Cup Team and achieve success internationally previous to the Olympics Games. Goldstein has seized this opportunity and has begun her European show tour, most recently with the Israeli National Championship on May 17-18 and will continue to the Arnhem CSI 3* in the Netherlands.
Goldstein comments on her decision to compete abroad, “If I were not in Europe there would be no chance of an Israeli Nations Cup Team so it is vital to the success of that goal that I am here.” She continues, “I am thrilled to be competing in Europe and am looking forward to a successful tour.”
Goldstein’s goal is to be the first Israeli show jumper to compete at the Olympic Games. With over 20-years experience and success in international competitions, Goldstein’s goal is well within reach. She has traveled to Europe with horses- Holly Golightly, Waliba VDL, Curtis 48 and Adamo Van't Steenputje. “My goals for Holly are to hopefully compete her in the 1.45m and move up to 1.50m classes; Waliba is the same and potentially compete her in a Nations Cup competition, Curtis will do the young horse tour and Adamo will be my primary Grand Prix horse,” says Goldstein.
During her recent visit to Israel, Goldstein interviewed with some of the most prominent English-speaking broadcasters in the nation to promote her goals and attain valuable support. She interviewed with JPost TV, a division of the Jerusalem Post, David Ze'ev of the Israel Broadcast Association, and Ari Louis of IsraelSportsRadio.com, Israel's only English-language sports talk radio broadcast. In the interviews, Goldstein not only described her visions of unprecedented Olympic success for Israel but also focused on the development of the sport for Israeli young people.
“The equestrian industry in Israel is growing quickly, and so the need to educate and encourage the younger generation is important,” says Goldstein. Determined to not only assemble the country’s first Olympic and Nations Cup teams but also support the development of the sport in Israel, Goldstein hosted a clinic for young adults interested in horseback riding in conjunction with the Israel National Therapeutic Riding Association (INTRA) this month.
The sport of show jumping is an up-and-coming sport in Israel as the country imported over 250 horses last year alone.
Goldstein turned professional in 2012 after a successful junior career. In addition to her own riding and training goals, Goldstein has founded the International Equestrian Education (IEE) series that debuted during the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Goldstein’s upcoming European competitions include the following: May 30-June 2 Arnhem CSI 3*, June 6-9 Asten, June 13-16 CSIO Sopot 3*, June 20-23 Rotterdam 5* or Fountainbleu 3*, June 27-30 Bonheiden 3* or Canteleu 3*, July 4-7 Geesteren 4*, July 11-14 CSIO Budapest 3*W, and July 18-21 Maccabiah Games, Israel.