Developing the future champions of sport is no easy task, especially when it involves an animal that may be undecidedly unpredictable and stubborn at times. But for Israeli show jumper Daniel Bluman, it’s an imperative part of the job and one that he’s passionate about.
The 28-year-old Colombian-born rider is no stranger to feeling the pressure when it matters most as he’s competed in two Olympic Games (2012 in London and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro) and three World Equestrian Games (2010 in Lexington, 2014 in Caen, and most recently the 2018 WEG in Tryon, N.C.). Originally riding for Colombia, Daniel decided in 2017 to change nationalities and ride under the Israeli flag to represent his Jewish heritage and his grandfather, a Holocaust survivor who spent three years in Auschwitz. With his top mounts Sancha Ls, Ladriano Z, and Apardi hitting their stride and becoming veterans of the sport, what will be next for the young show jumper?