Second time's a charm for Goldstein in $391,000 class at WEF

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Monday 25 February - 08h57 | Edited press release

Second time's a charm for Goldstein in $391,000 class at WEF

Danielle Goldstein and Lizziemary had a big weekend at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Florida, winning the $391,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix CSI 5* Saturday evening – the second straight year the Israeli rider has captured the title in the class.

 - Second time's a charm for Goldstein in $391,000 class at WEF

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This was the marquee competition of the seventh week of WEF, which continues through March 31 with top hunter, jumper, and equitation competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. And in the end, there were 37 entries in the five-star grand prix, with six clear and moving on to the jump-off over a course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA).

In that decisive tie-breaking round,  
Goldstein and Lizziemary galloped into the arena, and with a daring inside turn from the first to the second 'WEF wall' jump, they continued on a scorching pace to stop the timers in 37.76 seconds.

“Going into the jump-off, I knew I had Kent [Farrington] after me,” Goldstein recalled. “I saw [Nayel and Alex] go. I had walked inside to the wall, and I knew it looked sort of dicey, but my horse is good about those sort of weird angles. She didn’t quite see it today, and I got a little bit lucky I thought. I thought, “You gotta go out there. If you don’t try to win, you never win, so you might as well try.” Last in was Farrington (USA) on his and RCG Farm’s Creedance. They were fast in 38.65 seconds, but a rail in the double combination left them in sixth place.

Goldstein and Lizziemary won this same five-star grand prix during week 7 of last year’s WEF, and it was a great return to the winner’s circle for the pair that competed for Israel at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 last September.

“It’s amazing to win two years in a row,” she said. “It’s a hard feat to win one year, let alone two years in a row, so I’m shocked and amazed and happy. I was really thrilled.

“It felt like a long time coming,” Goldstein continued. “I jumped the last couple of big grand prix [classes] clear, and I would have one down in the jump-off, or I’d have one unlucky fault and it felt like I was at the edge and we were really close. This is not ideal weather; it’s sticky and hot and she was breathing heavy, but she managed to pull it all together. Even in the warm-up, I thought she may be a tad empty, but she went in there and tried her heart out. It was really amazing.”

Palm Beach Equine Clinic serves as the official veterinarians of the Winter Equestrian Festival, providing hospital and on-site services. “Palm Beach Equine Clinic has been offering services to the equestrians and horses of South Florida since 1981, so it’s been here as Wellington has grown,” said Dr. Richard Wheeler. “We have a vet here on the grounds any time there is a horse in the ring, so basically every day of the week, day and night. It’s a big family, and we’re all very, very proud to be a part of this event. It’s great to see such a high level of sport and congratulations to these riders.”

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