International Equestrian Education Course Debuts At WEF

Starwyn Farms of Wellington has announced the launch of the International Equestrian Education series, which will be offered for the first time during the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival.

Working in conjunction with WEF, Danielle Goldstein, Grand Prix show jumper and owner of Starwyn Farms, and her partner David Krum, designed the innovative and exciting five-week courses to provide valuable knowledge, understanding and insight for young riders, adult amateur equestrians, professionals and anyone interested in horses, regardless of experience. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from top professionals in the industry covering a vast amount of material and topics such as the basics of horsemanship, stable management, grooming, tacking, and schooling area safety and etiquette. Topics such as FEI standards, jumper course design, veterinary and hoof care basics, legal contracts and business essentials will also be addressed.

Two semesters of series will be offered during the Winter Equestrian Festival. Semester 1 will be held during WEF weeks 1-5 (Jan. 8 through Feb. 8), and Semester 2 will take place on weeks 7-11 (Feb. 19 through March 19). All classes will be held Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Enrollment for each 10-class semester costs $500, and graduates will earn the Starwyn Certificate for Equestrian Education. Starwyn’s International Equestrian Education Certification program provides knowledge to people who otherwise may never have the opportunity to access this valuable information and is an excellent option for aspiring equestrians and individuals with little to no equestrian knowledge, as well as seasoned professionals. The education series will benefit trainers or barn managers looking to upgrade the skills of their grooms or riders, and is designed to advance the equine industry as a whole by educating beginners and increasing knowledge in the equestrian community

With the collaboration and support of the Winter Equestrian Festival, scholarships to the International Equestrian Education series will be available to anyone over the age of 15. The Winter Equestrian Festival will award 10 scholarships to the series during the 2013 circuit. The scholarships are open to any individual interested in learning more about the equine industry or advancing their skills in horsemanship. To apply for the scholarships, applicants must be 15 years of age or older and should send an essay describing their passion for horses and the importance of equine education to Goldstein at Applicants should include their full name, e-mail and phone number on their essay, which should be no fewer than 1,500 words. The deadline for entries is Jan. 1, and the 10 winners will be selected by a committee on Jan. 4.

Goldstein is aspiring to be the first female show jumper on the Israeli Olympic Team in 2016.

To enroll in the International Equestrian Education series or for more information, call (917) 544-3349 or e-mail


Above: Danielle Goldstein of Starwyn Farms (center) with Flora Regolo and Susan Cooperman of Wellington High School.