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Youngest Rider at Gucci Masters/Paris Teams with Friend for Toys for Tots Drive

By on December 12, 2011

Emanuel Andrade Newest Junior Ambassador to the Step by Step Foundation

Daniela Stransky riding Starlight and representing Venezuela at the 3rd annual Gucci Masters in Paris. Photo by Sophie Durieux.

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – December 12, 2011 – Daniela Stransky made her European show jumping debut at the 3rd annual Gucci Masters, which ran from December 2 to 4, 2011 in Paris, France. The 15 year old was the youngest rider at the prestigious international horse show and the only competitor representing Venezuela.

Cheered on by her mother Liliane Stransky, the founder of the international charity Step by Step Foundation ( and owner of Stransky’s Mission Farm in Wellington, Florida, and her trainer Hector Florentino of the Dominican Republic, Daniela piloted her mare Starlight to two fault free and speedy rounds.  Just out of the ribbons, the tenacious teen vowed to return next year with her friend and fellow Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade (15).

Although they have garnered wins in show jumping competitions, it is their work to raise funds and awareness in – and out of – the show ring that is truly making a difference to children around the world. Upon return to the United States, Daniela, who lives between Miami Beach, Wellington, and New York City, and her fellow show jumping friend Emanuel, who lives between Caracas and Wellington, decided to help out for the holidays and by week two have already gathered over 200 Toys for Tots to be gifted to children in need in the Florida community.

Daniela Stransky and Emanuel Andrade team up to help children. Photo by Kathy Andersen.

Emanuel trains with Angel Karolyi at Hollow Creek Farm in the United States and also with Noel Vanososte and Helio Pessoa in Venezuela.  Philanthropic endeavors are a passion for both kids.  Taking on different parts of the world, from Europe to South America to around the United States, the young riders are working to help raise awareness and funds for children in need by donating earnings from competition to the international children’s charity.

This is not Emanuel’s first charitable endeavor; he was a member of the winning 3-rider relay team that included amateur owner competitor Luis Fernando Larrazabal and Grand Prix veteran Pablo Barrios. Together the trio from Venezuela won the 2011 FTI Great Charity Challenge during the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida to help the non-profit Wheels for Kids.

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