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Danielle Goldstein Represents Israel in European Championships and Qualifies for 2014 World Equestrian Games

Danielle Goldstein recently represented Israel at the European Championships and qualified for the 2014 World Equestrian Games. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Goldstein)

Wellington, FL (September 9, 2013)  – Where there’s a will, there’s a way.  Fresh off her role as chef d’equipe for the team Gold Medal-winning Israeli show jumping squad at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Yagur, Israel, Danielle Goldstein, of Starwyn Farms in Wellington, FL, continues to advance her quest to represent Israel and celebrate Israel equestrians in the international arena.

Goldstein’s top ten finish in June in the Outdoor Gelderland/Arnhem Grand Prix 3* in Holland qualified her for the ECCO FEI European Show Jumping Championships, August 20-25, in Herning, Denmark.

“The Israeli Equestrian Federation is thrilled that I was able to go and represent them,” said Goldstein.  “It was a tremendous honor and huge exposure, not only for myself but for Israel, and my goal of bringing more recognition to the country’s show jumping riders and horses. I’ve received tons of emails and texts from around the world telling me what a proud moment it was to see Israel’s flag hanging from the rafters in Denmark.”

The talented equestrian and trainer, who turned professional in 2012 after a successful junior career, was pragmatic about her chances at the most important show jumping competition of the year, but said her results were “better than expected.”

“I just wanted to ride my best. I had two rails down on the first day and one down in the first round of the Nations Cup. They only call back the top fifty for team competition and I finished 54th so I was really close!  It was exciting just to be in the stabling area and rings with so many great riders. I had a good horse that I’ve know for a long time and I went for the experience.”  Goldstein competed under the blue and white of the Israeli flag riding Starwyn Farms’ 13-year-old bay Darco-bred BWP gelding, Adamo van’t Steenputje.

Goldstein went for the experience but rides away with a very significant accomplishment under her belt:  she is now qualified to ride for Israel at next summer’s 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy:  “Israeli athletes can compete at this international level and I intend to continue to build appreciation and recognition for Team Israel and its sponsors.”

In addition to her own riding and training goals, Goldstein founded the International Equestrian Education (IEE) series that debuted during the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. For more information about ‘Team Israel,’ IEE at Starwyn Farms, or Danielle Goldstein, please call 917-544-3349 or email dani.goldstein@gmail.com.

Contact: Danielle Goldstein
Starwyn Farms, LLC
(917) 544 3349

Goldstein Shows Her Mettle in Holland: Ready to Ride for Israel at Maccabiah Games

Danielle Goldstein competing in the Outdoor Gelderland/Arnhem Grand Prix 3*. (Photo courtesy of Ilfat Zohar Photography)

Wellington, FL (June 21, 2013) – Show jumper Danielle Goldstein of Starwyn Farms, LLC, has ignited her first European tour.  Less than a month after wowing audiences in Tel Aviv with a clinic for young adults interested in riding and horse care at the Israel National Therapeutic Riding Association, the red-hot Wellington, FL rider made the top ten – finishing eighth overall – in the Outdoor Gelderland/Arnhem Grand Prix 3*.

Logging miles and experience as she continues her quest to become the first female Israeli citizen to represent the nation in Olympic show jumping, Goldstein sees her Holland performance as clinching her confidence in her horses and in gaining recognition for Israeli riders.

“We were not only clear in the Grand Prix, but also in the Grand Prix qualifier, so we were clear in two world-ranking classes at one show.  We are going for consistency, so it is a solid first showing for a European tour, and is helping raise awareness that we have Israeli riders capable of competing at this level and ready and willing to form a team,” Goldstein said.

Of even greater significance is Goldstein’s announcement that she has been invited to ride with the Israeli team at this summer’s largest sporting event of the year, the 19th annual Maccabiah Games, July 18-30, in Israel.

“I am thrilled to be in the Maccabiah Games. I have been working to get on the team since last year so it was wonderful news to hear that I will be eligible to compete. This will be the first time I get to represent Israel – in Israel — so that is a major accomplishment and hopefully, the first of many times.

“The Maccabiah have great significance in Israel and within the Jewish world because it brings together people from the diaspora back to the homeland. Sports help to unify not only people within in Israel but Jewish people around the world — it is a wonderful event that my family and I have supported.  My uncle once competed in Squash, so it’s nice to continue the family tradition.“

For Goldstein, the Games will prove the ultimate catch-ride: “The Israeli riders get to ride one of their own horses, and provide a ‘loaner horse’ to team members from other countries. I will be loaned both, from two very generous girls in Israel who have offered me their horses.”

She’s also got a team to meet.  “I know a few riders on other Maccabiah teams: Darren Finkleman, Alexa Perkiel from the US and Alberto Michan from Mexico, but none for the Israeli team so I am looking forward to meeting my teammates!”

The Games, the entrepreneurial equestrian continues, “will act as a wonderful platform to help further my goals for Equestrian sports in and out of Israel.  It will help  create awareness about the growing sport and hopefully attract new members and supporters.”

The star of Starwyn Farms plans to return to Isreal in mid-July, and remain there through the duration of the Maccabiah Games.  “Although Holland wasn’t a first-place, it was a really great result, which got a huge amount of awareness for me and Israel.  It has opened opportunities at even higher-level shows and has a lot of people interested in the team.”  She is determined this year to build Israel’s first Nations Cup team.

While founding and managing Starwyn Farms, Goldstein has also developed the International Equestrian Education series (IEE) for young riders, adult amateurs, and others seeking to increase their skills by learning from top professionals, and offers scholarships to high school students to encourage enrollment.

For more information about Starwyn Farm or Danielle Goldstein, please call 917-544-3349 or email dani.goldstein@gmail.com.

Contact: Danielle Goldstein
Starwyn Farms, LLC
(917) 544 3349

Grand Prix Show Jumper Danielle Goldstein Sponsored by CWD Saddles

Danielle Goldstein. Photo courtesy of Ken Braddick

Wellington, FL (January 11, 2012) – Grand Prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein and CWD Sellier, premier saddle and tack manufacturers, are pleased to announce their collaboration for 2013.  CWD is teaming up with the aspiring show jumper as she competes at the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival and at other international competitions.  “I am very pleased to have the support of CWD,” said Goldstein, who owns and operates Starwyn Farm, LLC in Grand Prix Village in Wellington, Florida. “My horses perform at a very high level and need to have the most innovative and best fitting saddles to keep them performing at their peak.”

Throughout her lifelong career, Goldstein has held herself to the highest standard and aspires to be the first female show jumping rider on the Israeli Olympic Team.  This was a natural step for CWD Saddlery, a brand that is used by a huge majority of the top International riders worldwide. Characterized by their use of leather, exceptional quality, and innovative design, CWD is the first choice of serious riders who value quality and performance.

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Kentucky Spring Classic Wrap Up May 18-22

Lexington, KY – May 23, 2011 – As the Kentucky Spring Classic hosted another night of show jumping, the incredible duo of Kent Farrington and Uceko continued their complete domination of the last two weeks by securing the $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix victory. Tonight’s event was sponsored by Audi of Lexington and honored Mary Rena Murphy, a horsewoman whose dedication to equestrian sport was unmatched. Once again, speed proved to be the determining factor during the thirteen horse jump-off, and that is something Farrington and Uceko are proving to master. The duo was a full two seconds ahead of second place finishers Ali Wolff and Lanoo, while Christian Heineking and River of Dreams took home third for the second time this week.

“During the first round, there were more clear than I expected,” admitted Farrington. “The outside line started with a wall and then an awkward distance to an oxer-oxer combination, and then a very steady distance to a liverpool. I thought that would catch more horses than it did. I think the footing here is excellent, and these horses have been here for two weeks now, so I think they are really comfortable in the ring. I think that’s why there were more clear rounds than Richard expected. It’s under the lights, so they are a bit impressed, and I think the horses were just really going well on the ground.”

For the final test, Jeffery had riders start over a single oxer to the liverpool and make a bending line to a single oxer. They then made a sharp roll back to a vertical-oxer double combination and galloped across the ring to a wide oxer. Finally, riders made another sharp turn to a tall vertical before they galloped towards the timers over the last oxer. Of the thirteen qualifiers, seven were able to make it a perfect night and finish without any faults added to their score.

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