byLizzy Youngling| Sep 4, 2017
Concluding his week with a hat trick of wins, Israel’s Daniel Bluman was unstoppable at the 42nd Hampton Classic Horse Show. Beginning on Thursday, Bluman and Bacara d’Archonfosse topped the standings in the $40,000 SOVARO® Speed Stake before moving on to the top of the podium in Friday’s $86,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier. Bluman capped off his winning streak with his greatest feat of the week: the prestigious $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix aboard his new mount, Ladriano Z.
Based in Brewster, New York, the Hampton Classic has been a staple on the 27-year-old’s schedule since 2015, and he is no stranger to the sprawling Grand Prix field. Today’s impressive result is Bluman’s first major win on Ladriano Z (Lawito x Gambelle) since acquiring the 9-year-old Zangershide gelding in December of 2016. Although the Israeli horse-and-rider combination are still a relatively new partnership, there’s no question they will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.
Here are 17 reasons why this Hampton Classic hat trick is just the start for Daniel Bluman & Landriano Z:
1. Bluman was born in Medellin, Colombia, to parents Samuel and Orly.
2. Originally representing Colombia, in 2017 Bluman switched nationalities to represent Israel in order to help increase his presence on the international scene.
3. Bluman began riding at the age of 3 after getting inspiration from his older cousins, who loved to show horses.
4. Bluman turned professional when he was 17-years-old and moved from his home country of Colombia to Wellington, Florida.
5. In 2013, Bluman moved to Belgium to train under the legendary Brazilian, Nelson Pessoa, and to compete at some of the best competitions in the world.
6. Bluman competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Sancha LS, and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Apardi.
7. At the 2012 Olympic Games, Bluman finished in the top 20 individuals as one of the youngest riders.
8. Bluman and his cousins, Mark and Ilan, created Bluman Equestrian NY in 2015.
9. Bluman speaks three languages: English, French, and Spanish.
10. Bluman received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
11. Bluman’s idols include Canadian show jumper, Eric Lamaze and Brazilian equestrian Nelson Pessoa.
12. Bluman’s wife, Ariel, rides in the amateur jumpers and has competed for Israel on the international stage.
13. Bluman’s grandfather is a Holocaust survivor and spent three years in Auschwitz.
14. Bluman is a JustWorld International ambassador, and also supports the Antorchas de Vida Project, which supports children and adults living on the streets of Colombia.
15. Bluman’s mount, Ladriano Z, is owned by William Schwizer, the co-owner of Apardi and Bacara.
16. Bluaman acquired Ladriano Z in December 2016 from his cousin, Ilan Bluman, and they made their debut at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival.
17. Bluman describes Ladriano Z as a promising Grand Prix horse. “Landriano Z has a lot of scope and is a perfect addition for my string of horses,” he has said.
-Photo credit: Shawn McMillen Photography & The Book LLC courtesy of the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
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