Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Israeli Equestrian Show Jumping Squad To Compete In Olympics For First Time

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli team will compete in equestrian show jumping for the first time at the Olympics.

Israel’s four-rider squad, including a woman from New York and a man who twice represented his native Colombia, qualified Sunday for the 2020 Tokyo Games, narrowly defeating Poland during the Olympic qualifier in Moscow.

Along with Poland and the host Russia, the Israelis competed against teams from Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan in cold and rainy conditions. In show jumping, horse and rider jump over a series of obstacles inside a riding ring.

Daniel Bluman, born in Colombia and raised in Florida, competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics with the Colombian team before deciding to represent Israel.

Danielle Goldstein Waldman, a native New Yorker who received Israeli citizenship in 2010, was married a month before the event and lives with her husband, a fellow show jumper, in The Netherlands. Goldstein Waldman is known for the dozens of feathers she often weaves into her hair, as well as her equestrian skills.

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.