Danielle Goldstein, an accomplished show jumper with dual Israeli and U.S. citizenship, recently returned to Wellington to compete at the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival after spending extensive time in Europe. She brought along a new partner, Carnegie, a 9-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare.
Goldstein, who rides for Israel, first heard about the gray mare while she was abroad.
“She has the same breeder, [Gunilla Persson Berg], as one of my other horses, so the breeder contacted me directly to tell me about her,” Goldstein said.
Goldstein is excited to begin building a partnership with Carnegie.
“She had two babies, so she is a bit behind,” Goldstein said. “The plan is to take it slow, build a relationship and, hopefully, move up to some of the bigger classes by the end of circuit and into the summer.”
Goldstein achieved impressive results this year and in 2014 on another mount with the same breeding as Carnegie, the 16-year-old Swedish Warmblood Carisma.
At the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival, Goldstein and Carisma recently won second place in the $375,000 Grand Prix. In 2014, the pair showed successfully at Spruce Meadows and the Thunderbird Horsepark in Canada, and then headed to Europe, where Goldstein was based in the Netherlands during the summer and fall.
She traveled throughout the continent, where her schedule included extensive competition in the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, as well as the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. She’s now back in the U.S. to help Israel in its attempt to field its first team for the European Championships. Goldstein will then return to Europe to train, compete and prepare for the European Championships.
For now, she is busy setting the stage for success. “I am working with a dressage trainer to improve my flat work and connection with my horses, so I’m feeling quite anxious to get underway,” Goldstein said. ”I’m looking forward to a successful season with some up-and-coming horses.”
Goldstein recently acquired a new sponsor, the Rose Group from New York. The sponsorship enabled her to search for suitable horses to help her succeed at the highest level of the sport for Israel, with the long-term goal of representing Israel at the Olympics.
“I just want to thank the Rose Group for continuing to support me with the purchase of Carnegie,” she said. “We hope to do the group and Israel proud.”
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ABOVE: Danielle Goldstein aboard her new horse, a Swedish Warmblood mare named Carnegie.