- Dani G. Waldman
- Competing for: Israel
- Age: 34
"As a lifelong equestrian, I hail from a family of sports professionals known for their contributions to education and community. I hope to follow in their footsteps as I compete nationally and internationally at the Grand Prix level". (Danielle G. Waldman)
Danielle declared her professional status in 2012 after 15 years of riding, training, and winning at the top of the show jumping sport as an amateur and junior competitor in the USA.
Her equestrian career thrived under the tutelage of Olympians Frank Chapot, Norman Dello Joio and Todd Minikus.
She competed in her first Grand Prix at the age of 16 and won both Individual and Team Gold Medals in the North American Young Rider Championships that same year.
After graduating from Duke University, she took over the management of Starwyn Farms and developed several innovative programs that are contributing to the educational needs of the equestrian community and raising the bar on integrity and professionalism in the sport.
In 2010, she acquired her Israeli citizenship and began competing under the Israeli flag.
In 2013 she represented Israel at the European Championships in Herning, Denmark and became eligible to represent Israel at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.
Following her participation at the WEG, she then competed again in 2015 European Championships in Aachen and finished 21st.
Two years later, in 2017, she came back to represent Israel for the 3rd time in a row, in the European Championships which took place in Gothenburg, Sweden finished 9th overall and was the only female athlete in the top 12.
For the past two years, she is a Global Champions League team member and won the Longines Grand Prix at the LGCT leg in Estoril, Portugal.
"I am now moving quickly toward my goal of becoming the first female Israeli show jumper to compete at the Olympic Games." She says.
"To that end, I am developing a string of show jumpers with my sights set on representing Israel in the World cup and Nations Cup Series, 2018 World Equestrian Games, the 2019 European Championships in Rotterdam and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo".
Recent major sports achievements
European championship 2017 (Gothenburg, Sweden)
- 9th place - Final Individual Classification.
- 1st place individual in the Final Team Competition
European Championship 2015 (Aachen, Germany)
- 21st place - Final Individual Classification.
- 7th place individual in the Final Team Competition.
Global champions Tour / League 2017
- 1st place - Grand Prix in Cascais, Estoril
- 5th place - 155m Table A in Berlin, Germany
- 1st place - Six Bar competition in Paris, France
- 5th place - 155m Table A in Shanghai, China
More Top place finishes
- 1st place at the CSI2* PG in Vilamoura, Spain
- 2nd place at the CSI3* 1.40m class in Vilamoura, Spain
- 3rd place at the CSI5* GCT Six Bar class in Wien, Austria
- 4th place in the CSI5* GCT 1.55m class in Shanghai, China
- 2nd place in the CSI5*Grand Prix in Wellington, Florida
- 9th place in the CSI5*-W World Cup in Wellington, Florida
- Champion $10,000 Rost Memorial Welcome Jumper Stake Sussex County Horse Show & Fair
- Champion $20,000 Bluegrass Classic Kentucky Spring Classic
- Champion in the 1.40m division at the Spruce Meadows Continental Tournament.
- $10,000 Welcome Prix, Country Heir Horse Show.
- $30,000 Fendi Cup, Hampton Classic Horse Show.
- $50,000 Sussex County Grand Prix, Sussex County Horse Show.
- $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic, Winter Equestrian Festival.
- $80,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix 2*, Winter Equestrian Festival.
- Many more top Places with different young horses.
2018 LGCT Grand Prix of Cascais winner with Lizziemary
2019 LGCT Grand Prix of Shanghai winner with Lizziemary