Aachen, Germany — Since a young age, Danielle Goldstein has been dreaming of becoming an Olympic athlete. Over the last few years, she has come closer than ever to achieving that dream. After becoming an Israeli citizen in 2010, she has been able to represent Israel at top shows in Europe and in the United States. This month, at the FEI European Championships from August 11-23 in Aachen, Germany, Goldstein and her equine partner Carisma soared to top placings and came another stride closer to establishing themselves as true Olympic contenders.
Since the duo began competing together nearly two years ago, Goldstein and the 16-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Cardento 933 x Maraton 600), owned by Israeli Equestrian Partners, have rocketed more than 150 placings up the Longines world show jumping rankings, thanks to strong performances like a second-place finish in the $375,000 CSI5* Grand Prix in Wellington, Florida before she headed to Europe.
When discussing what it is like to compete at one of the most important show jumping venues in Europe, Goldstein said, “Aachen is impressive to anyone. I made a mistake last year at the World Equestrian Games by letting myself get overwhelmed, so this year, I just kept thinking about the riding and tried not to look into the stands! If I just looked where I was going on course, there would be no time to notice the pressure. I think my plan worked out well. The courses were fair, but built to the highest and widest specs. No one's horses seemed overfaced, and rails came down all over the courses, not just in one area each day. That's the sign of a really well-built championship.” Goldstein and Carisma finished in the 21st individual spot out of 94 at the completion of the European Championships Jumping competition.
Goldstein also brought Dartbreaker, a young rising star, to Aachen. The seven-year-old KWPN (Heartbreaker x Lux) stallion owned by The Rose Group had excellent results throughout the week in several young horse classes.
Goldstein intends to keep the momentum she gained from the European Championships going, with an eye on continuing to build her string of young horses and bringing several of her new talents to the World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses at Zangersheide in Lanaken, Belgium, on September 17-20. From there, Goldstein will compete in several tours in southern Europe.
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