Grand prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein has represented Israel in major international competitions in 2014, from Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark in Canada to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Upon returning to the United States, the dual US and Israeli citizen has been invited to compete in the Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex, in New York City, September 18-21. Goldstein is one of a select few show jumpers invited to compete in the 200,000 FEI Grand Prix Show Jumping class, which will be held in Trump Rink on Thursday night. Goldstein, who manages Starwyn Farms in Wellington, Florida, also acts as head rider and trainer for the farm when she isn’t traveling for competitions and to give clinics. Fresh from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France, where she proudly represented Israel, Goldstein will return to her home base of Putten, The Netherlands, until she heads to New York. Her ultimate dream is to represent Israel as the first female show jumper in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Originally born in the United States, Goldstein acquired Israeli citizenship in 2010, thus making her a dual citizen of both countries. She is a big proponent for the developing show jumping program in Israel, and has been able to represent the country in several top international competitions. In February, Goldstein, along with Elad Yaniv, Joshua Tabor, made up the first show jumping team ever to represent Israel in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, which was held in Wellington.
Also, this year, Goldstein won the ESP Holiday Finale $10,000 Open Stake with Starwyn Farms’ Carisma, and the pair placed fifth in the $280,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 4*. This 15-year-old bay Swedish Warmblood mare (Cardento 933 x Maraton 600) was also Goldstein’s mount for the WEG.
Also in 2013, Goldstein served as the chef d’equipe at the Maccabiah Games. Her team earned the Team Gold medal at the 19th quadrennial international Jewish athletic competition, which hosted 9,000 athletes from 71 countries. In addition, she herself placed seventh in her first competition riding for Israel on Israeli soil.
Goldstein is also known as the founder of the five-week-long International Equestrian Education (IEE) series at the Winter Equestrian Festival, which was designed to educate its students on all aspects of the equine industry, regardless of experience.
Goldstein, who turned pro in 2012, has over 20 years of show jumping experience. She has trained with top professionals such as Olympian Frank Chapot, Todd Minikus, Lauren Hough, and Norman Dello Joio.