Meet the riders: Daniel Bluman3 April 2018 - EEM World
Ever since Daniel Bluman exploded onto the international show jumping scene as a young rider, he has broken records and ridden from success to success around the world. After switching nationalities to represent Israel in 2016, the 28-year-old has only gotten more consistent. His recent winter season has unfolded better than he had hoped: he rode two different horses to two, major international grand prix victories under the lights at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
Bluman, who is based in Belgium in the summer months, speaks fluent French and is partnered with Hermès, is also no stranger to the Longines Masters, having competed in multiple editions of the series. So he’s well familiar with the format of the Longines Masters Series, and each specialized competition that comes with its own energy and excitement. When we asked Bluman which horses in his string he was considering bringing to the Longines Masters of New York from April 26th – 29th, 2018, he was fresh off a big win during the final weeks of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Read on:
Longines Speed Challenge: Esmee
For this class I will definitely bring Esmee, who is a new horse for me, owned by Samantha Wight. This season in Wellington she has won four out of five classes and just won the 1.45m CSI4* Speed out of 114 entries during Week 11 of WEF. She is very, very, very careful, very competitive and very fast. She is one of the fastest horses I’ve ever ridden. My plan is to keep showing her this year; she’s one of those good speed horses that you can count on in a class as competitive as the Longines Speed Challenge.
Longines Grand Prix of New York: Bacara / Ladriano
For the Longines Grand Prix, I’m either going to take Bacara or Ladriano. They both have experience winning at the top level; Ladriano won the five star grand prix this winter in Wellington, and he has also won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix. Bacara won the King’s Cup in Madrid and a few other big classes. As far as thinking about the indoor arena, with lights and big atmosphere, I know that Bacara will be fine with it, and while Ladriano doesn’t have so much experience indoors, he’s a very good horse and he needs to learn how to do it. I’m sure he will be good in the atmosphere. It will just be a matter of me choosing between those two super horses.