Elite show jumper Danielle Goldstein makes waves with feathers

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Wednesday 06 March - 12h16 | Ian Clayton

Elite show jumper Danielle Goldstein makes waves with feathers

Light as a feather, ruffle someone's feathers, birds of a feather stick together, a feather in your cap – just a few of the many expressions related to birds’ plumage. Israeli Danielle Goldstein, the 40th-ranked show jumper in the world, is herself a feather aficionado, standing out aesthetically as well as athletically in the sport with her sartorial use of them, as was the case during Goldstein’s recent Grand Prix victory on Lizziemary at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. Below, some background on the rider’s style, as discussed with Ann Glavan of The Chronicle of the Horse last year. 

 - Elite show jumper Danielle Goldstein makes waves with feathers

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[For more on the horse-and-rider pair's win in February at the WEF, see here.]

“I always like to do something funky,” Goldstein explained to Glavan about her feather hairstyle at the time, which has a different variation this year. “I don’t know, I’m a bit of a quirky person. I’ve had pink hair, blue hair, and I was trying to think of something different.” 

As Glavan notes, it was in fact Goldstein's boyfriend who came up with the idea. “We were looking at pictures and I said, ‘Oh I could put a feather in my hair,’ and he said, ‘What if you did all feathers,’ ” Goldstein said. “And I went, ‘Oh my gosh, genius!’" To find out more, see The Chronicle of the Horse here. Jill Novotny has also written about the subject for Equestrian Living. 

In the responses to Glavan's article, fans spoke out variously a) in favour of Goldstein's style and b) retaining a traditional dress code, while some thought the subject was not worthy of attention. Nevertheless, Goldstein herself raises the question of the dress code in equestrian sports in the article, and says that she likes to try wearing different alternatives to standard riders' clothing. Photo below: Sportfot. 

 - Elite show jumper Danielle Goldstein makes waves with feathers


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