This year’s Winter Equestrian Festival is getting a new champion. But this time the latest addition came from Team Israel, with Danielle Goldstein leading the charge.
In the second five-star Grand Prix of the season, the 32-year-old Israeli rider has emerged victorious riding Lizziemary in the highly prestigious $384,000 Rolex Grand Prix event at the Anthony D’Ambrosio-designed course in Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Florida. It’s a huge victory for Danielle Goldstein and her pluck mare Lizziemary.
But it’s not an easy game for Goldstein and her pluck mare. To claim the victory, the two had to beat five other pairs in the jump-off from the original field of 40 competitors. Thankfully, Goldstein and her pluck mare have managed to make it in the jump-off and finished a blistering time of 35.92 seconds, ahead of their nearest competitor.
Lizziemary is a 12-year-old mare by Cabri d’Elle x Acord II, currently owned by The Golden Group and Danielle Goldstein. Goldstein is no longer stranger to the AES mare. The Israeli rider has been riding the 12-year-old mare since September 2016. Last year, Goldstein rode the mare successfully at the European Championship in Sweden, where they finished ninth individually.
Goldstein is not the only Israeli rider in the 2018 WEF
Goldstein is not the only Israeli rider that has made a headline at this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival. Fellow Israeli rider Daniel Bluman has also made some headline. Bluman, who changed from Colombia last year, has won the first CSI5 Grand Prix of the season. It was the second five-star Grand Prix victory at the 2018 WEF for Bluman, following the Israeli rider’s victory during week five.
This is the first time Israel has fielded an equestrian team in the Olympic Games, with Goldstein and Bluman leading the charge to make sports history.
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