Daniel Bluman to Ride for Israel

For 8 years Daniel Bluman competed internationally for Columbia. He even took part at two Olympic Games even though he is only 26 years old. He had his debut in London and was placed among the top 20. Now he changes the nationality he competes for. Bluman had both citizenships since his mother is from Israel. The two times WC participant emphasised that over the last years the Columbian federation has reached a lot. They also supported their riders; not only him as an individual rider but also the team, but at the same time there had been some changes to the federation. President Cesar Camargo Serrano had withdrawn and the contract with chef d’équipe Marcel Delestre had ended. In Isreael, however, the signs pointed to a bright future. They wanted to get more successful in show-jumping, found good supporters and owners who wanted a strong Israeli team.  “Everything came together at the same time which allowed me to make an easy transition,” so Bluman said. “I thought a lot about it, but I love Israel. I always felt near to Israel. I went to a Hebrew school and my grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, has been in Auschwitz for three years.”

This year the rider who lives in Wellington has married Ariel Epstein, an amateur rider who rides for Israel. Currently Bluman has a great team in his stable: he has six horses who are able to keep up with the international competition. Bluman is happy that he will now, as an Israeli, be able to take part at the European Championships. But he also said: “I will stay Columbian. I love this country and my team colleagues but I cannot miss that opportunity.”