Daniel Bluman, Israeli Olympic Equestrian Rider
Tuesday, October 20
Daniel Bluman was born in Medellin, Colombia. His grandfather is a Holocaust survivor who spent three years in Auschwitz and moved to Colombia after liberation. His father, Samuel, is an entrepreneur and his mother Orly, is a psychologist and social worker. Bluman’s parents set standards and taught him and his brother Steven the meaning of dedication, professionalism and dependability, the life Bluman leads with integrity and gratitude.
Inspired by his older cousins who loved and showed horses, Bluman started riding at age 3. He showed a passion for horses which rapidly developed into a real lifestyle. As a young rider, Bluman competed in Colombia, Germany and in the U.S.A. and trained with some of the top equestrians in the world including Nelson Pessoa, whom he trained with in Belgium for a few years. This led to competing at some of the best competitions in the world.
Representing his Jewish roots and second country Israel, Bluman is now helping the country shine on the international equestrian scene and is on the “Road to the Tokyo” Olympics. Some of Daniel achievements are The Rolex Grand Prix of Rome, The Rolex Grand Prix of Central Park, The Hampton Classic, The FTI Wellington Finale, The Douglass Elliman Grand Prix, and being a Finalist in the 2012 London Olympics. Daniel served as Chef D’equipe of the Maccabi USA Equestrian Team at the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico City in 2019.
In Bluman’s spare time, he and his wife Ariel support various charitable organizations such as the UJA Federation, INTRA(Israel National Therapeutic Riding Association) and Antorchas de Vida, a foundation that focus on nutrition and education of kids in state of poverty in Medellin, Colombia. They also recently created “Ride The Future” program, which helps pair professionals with riders who are interested in continuing a career in the sport, but may not have the means or tools to get far.
This event is being moderated by William Schwitzer.