Sahar Daniel Hirosh Withdraws Bid to Represent Israel in Upcoming World Equestrian Games

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
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Sahar Daniel Hirosh and Whitman competing during the 2018 Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. (Photo courtesy of Susan Stickle Photography)

Sahar Daniel Hirosh and Whitman competing during the 2018 Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. (Photo: Susan Stickle Photography)

New Hope, PA - Israeli equestrian, Sahar Daniel Hirosh and owner Jane Suwalsky made a tough but commendable decision and announced today they will withdraw Whitman from the upcoming 2018 World Equestrian Games.

Whitman a fifteen-year-old KWPN gelding (Rhodium x Saluut), has been Hirosh’s Grand Prix partner for only a year. In that year, the pair qualified for the opportunity to represent Israel in the 2018 World Equestrian Games. “It has been my goal to represent Israel and everything was on track”, Hirosh explained, “The partnership with Whitman blossomed more at every competition and the Israeli Equestrian Federation and the entire US dressage community was so supportive. But unfortunately Whitman had a minor set back early this summer and we were forced to make the most difficult decision and withdraw from the World Equestrian Games.

Both Hirosh and Whitman’s owner, Jane Suwalsky were deeply disappointed to withdraw Whitman after qualifying to represent Israel in the upcoming World Equestrian Games, but, “the horse’s welfare comes before all-else”. “It is never easy to let go of a dream and the burden is much greater when your country’s hopes are riding on you,” Hirosh explained, “But of course my desires and even Israel’s hopes are not as important as Whitman’s long term health. Whitman is an amazing horse with talent and big heart, I owe him so much already for the journey we have been on and look forward to competing again next winter when he is 100% ready”.

Hirosh is "beyond thankful" to the community around him for all their support and encouragement throughout the entire qualifying process and while he may not be at the 2018 Games, he has other horses developing that will keep his skills sharp. Hirosh hopes to have some of his up and coming talents ready and qualified for the fourth level classes and small tour for Dressage at Devon in the fall. While Whitman gets stronger at home in New Hope, PA this summer and Hirosh will focus on the youngsters and build his string for the 2019 winter season in Wellington, FL.