You could say Daniel Bluman is having a pretty good time in Florida. Last week, he won the $205,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI4* on Sancha LS. Yesterday, he won the $384,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI5*on Ladriano Z.

The 27-year-old who represents Israel (previously Columbia) has methodically built up his string of horses to have a solid line of contenders at the top levels. (Side note: Daniel also produces many young horses, which gives him extra points in our book… not that he needed them.)

Sancha LS, a 15-year-old La Silla-bred mare (Chin Chin x Polydor) and Apardi, a 13-year-old KWPN stallion (Corland x Supardi), have been Daniel’s biggest headline-makers. But the younger Ladriano, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Lawito x Baloubet Du Rouet), is starting to show that he’s got the same star quality.

“Apardi and Sancha have been really my two top horses for the past few years,” said Daniel. “I see Ladriano as a horse that has a chance to step up and become a new gear and a new championship horse for me.”

What this means is that Daniel will now be able to hand-pick which horse has the best chance to win each class. This can depend on the horse’s schedule in the weeks leading up to a class, the footing, the arena environment, etc. It also allows him to give his horses like super-mare Sancha – who carried Bluman to the London Olympics in 2012 and is still in top form – longer breaks.

Sancha has done a lot already, and my plan for her is to pick and choose classes and try to be competitive,” he said. “She went last week, and that’s why she wasn’t going to jump this week. The plan with her is to jump the next two five stars.”

Quality over quantity, essentially. It takes time to build a string like Daniel’s, and he’s happy to see his years of hard work paying off.

I’m lucky to have such a strong group of horses now. That’s what I’ve been working for for the past few years with the young ones. I’m just very lucky to be able to have the possibility of picking which horse to jump in a five star.”

With Ladriano having stepped up to the plate, Daniel says the gelding is in the running for the World Equestrian Games at Tryon, N.C., later this year.

We made the plan already for the year, and this plan is to make it to the [World Equestrian Games],” Daniel explained. “I think he’s a very good horse for that. I think he was born jump that kind of class.”

-Photo credit: Meghan Bacso.